Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o Mohamed Aboutrika, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Amr Zaki are the five candidates nominated for the 2008 BBC African Footballer of the Year.
The prestigious BBC award is the only one of its kind to be decided ultimately by the fans. Nominations for the award are also decided by fans across the globe but football experts across Africa are consulted before the shortlist is copleted.
The very influential award that often turns out to be a mirror of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the list of this year’s nominees on the BBC’s African sports program, Fast Track.
Last year’s winner was Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal and Togo, who used the award to launch his ‘Tour of Hope’ back to his home country.
Previous BBC African Footballers of the Year include Michael Essien, Jay-Jay Okocha and El-Hadji Diouf.
However, voting for this year’s winner has begun and will continue right up until the 9th of January.
The winner will be announced a week later, on the 16th of January.