Dennis Onyango on Final Caf Player of the Year Shortlist

Uganda Cranes goalie, shop Dennis Onyango is among the final five players shortlisted for the coveted 2016 Africa player of the year – based in Africa award.

The five-man shortlist was released by the continental football governing on Tuesday afternoon.

Onyango recently helped Uganda to qualify for the Africa cup of Nations after a 37- year spell and guided his South African club Mamelodi Sundowns to the Caf champions league glory.

He was initially nominated in the long lists for both the African player of the year (general) and the African based legion.

The gangly keeper is vying for the gong together with his South African teammates Keegan Dolly, Hlompho Kekana, Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe) and Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba.

Kalaba won the Caf confederations cup with DR Congo moneybags TP Mazembe.

The general category has last year’s winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Islam Slimani

Selection mode


The shortlist was arrived after tallying votes from the members of the CAF Media Committee, CAF Technical & Development Committee and ten Panel of Experts.

The winners will be determined from the final voting phase that includes the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the 54 National Associations affiliated to CAF, Associate Members (Reunion Island and Zanzibar) and another set of Panel of Experts

The awards will take place on Thursday, January 5th 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.

The shortlists

African Player of the Year (Based in Africa)
1. Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns & Zimbabwe)
2. Keegan Dolly (Mamelodi Sundowns & South Africa)
3. Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe & Zambia)
4. Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns & South Africa)
5. Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns & Uganda)

African Player of the Year
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borrusia Dortmund)
2. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)
3. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
4. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma)
5. Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City)

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