Mane and Salah on BBC African Footballer of the Year shortlist

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The shortlist, which has been compiled by a panel of African football experts, comprises Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana), Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

Isaac Fanin, the presenter of BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018, said: "It's been an interesting year for African football, especially with the highs and lows of the FIFA World Cup".

Voting, which has commenced for this year's victor, will close on Sunday December while the final result will be revealed in a programme broadcast on BBC World News on Friday December 14.

The award's previous winners have included Nigeria's Jay-Jay Okocha, Ghana's Michael Essien, the Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, and Algeria's Riyad Mahrez.

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The Liverpool star completed the entire 90 minutes of his side's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier win and, on seeing the images, many feared he had injured himself.

Liverpool forward Mane, 26, also played in all of Senegal's World Cup games, captaining his country in two and scoring against Japan.

Last year, after a fantastic season with the Reds and the Egyptian national team, Salah joined the only other Egyptians to have won the award, Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Abou-Treika, and was named the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year.

The Atletico Madrid man is on a five-man roster announced on Saturday.

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