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Salah, Mane & Aubameyang Named As Finalists For CAF Player Of The Year

The Liverpool duo will go up against the Gabonese and Arsenal star, as the Egypt international looks to retain his crown from the previous season.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been confirmed as the Player of the Year finalists at the 2018 CAF Awards.

The prestigious honour, set to be awarded at a gala in Dakar, Senegal, next week will go to one of three Premier League stars after incredible  2018. The final three is a repetition of last year's shortlist.

Salah was last year's winner and he followed up his 2017 achievements with another amazing year made up of twelve months, breaking the Premier League's 38-game season goals record, while leading Liverpool to the Champions League final, before ending the year on top of the Premier league table.

Team-mate Sadio Mane - second in 2017 - has been similarly influential in the Reds' success throughout this year, forming a devastating trio alongside Salah and Roberto Firmino, and netted in the Kiev final defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League Final.

Salah and Mane both went to the World Cup, with Egypt and Senegal respectively, but neither made it to the knockout stage.

Meanwhile, 2015 Player of the Year Aubameyang hit the ground running in England after a big move from Borussia Dortmund.

The Gabon super star scored 10 Premier League goals last season before his switch and, heading into Tuesday's clash, is tied with Salah and Harry Kane at the top of the scoring charts with 13 this season.

Salah and Mane were both netted as Liverpool thrashed Aubameyang's Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday.

While both Salah and Aubameyang have both won the accolade in the recent years, no Senegalese player has been crowned African Footballer of the Year since El-Hadji Diouf won the title back in 2002.

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