The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed the final list of nominees for the Best in Africa Awards for 2022, at a ceremony to be held in Rabat, Morocco, on July 21st.
The most prominent surprises came with the exclusion of some names, whether at the level of players or coaches, and at the top of the excluded came the Egyptian and Arsenal star Mohamed El-Nini, Moroccan Ashraf Hakimi, Paris Saint-Germain star, and Naby Keita, star of the Liverpool team, in addition to Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly. Al-Ahly defender Mohamed Abdel Moneim was excluded despite his outstanding level with the Egyptian national team in the African Nations Championship.
At the coaches level, the Bosnian Wahid Halilhodzic, coach of the Moroccan national team, was excluded, despite his leadership of Morocco to reach the 2022 World Cup.
The list of the best local player in the African continent was topped by Al-Ahly Malian club, Aliou Diang, midfielder, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Al-Ahly goalkeeper, Mohamed Sherif, Ali Maaloul and Percy Tau.
Al-Ahly club also topped the final list of candidates to win the award for the best club in Africa for the year 2022, from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the list of the best player in Africa included the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Algerian Riyad Mahrez and the Senegalese Sadio Mane.