CAIRO — Yaya Toure and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were among the 10 nominees announced on Monday for the African player of the year award.
Toure led Ivory Coast to its first African Cup of Nations title in 23 years in February. The Manchester City midfielder has won the last five awards.
Aubameyang, a forward for Gabon and Borussia Dortmund, was runner-up to Toure in the last two votes.
Ghana winger Andre Ayew and Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane also made the final 10. Sudan striker Mudather Eltaib Ibrahim El Tahir was a surprise inclusion.
The winner will be decided by a vote of national team coaches in Africa and announced on Jan. 7 at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria.
African player of the year 2015 nominees: Andre Ayew (Ghana), Aymen Abdennour (Tunisia), Mudather Eltaib Ibrahim El Tahir (Sudan), Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria), Yacine Brahimi (Algeria), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)