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Football: Yaya Toure among nominees for African player of year

A picture taken on Nov 3, 2013 shows Lille's Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama gesturing during the French L1 football match between Lille and Monaco at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq in northern France. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
A picture taken on Nov 3, 2013 shows Lille's Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama gesturing during the French L1 football match between Lille and Monaco at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq in northern France. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Southampton's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (left) vies with West Ham United's English midfielder Kevin Nolan (right) during English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, souther
Southampton's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (left) vies with West Ham United's English midfielder Kevin Nolan (right) during English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on Sept 15, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Swansea City's Jose Canas (left) and Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli fight for the ball during their Europa League soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia Sept 19, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Swansea City's Jose Canas (left) and Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli fight for the ball during their Europa League soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia Sept 19, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng (right) and Mali midfielder Seydou Keita (left) jump for the ball during a friendly football match in Cheonan, south of Seoul, on Oct 15, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng (right) and Mali midfielder Seydou Keita (left) jump for the ball during a friendly football match in Cheonan, south of Seoul, on Oct 15, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Nice's French midfielder Nampalys Mendy (left) vies with Lille's Cap Verdian forward Ryan Mendes during the French L1 football match Lille (LOSC) v Nice (OGCN) on Sept 15, 2013 at the Grand Stade Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France. -- FILE
Nice's French midfielder Nampalys Mendy (left) vies with Lille's Cap Verdian forward Ryan Mendes during the French L1 football match Lille (LOSC) v Nice (OGCN) on Sept 15, 2013 at the Grand Stade Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Dortmund's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart in Dortmund, western Germany on Nov 1, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Dortmund's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart in Dortmund, western Germany on Nov 1, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Napoli's midfielder Marek Hamsik of Slovakia (left) vies Marseille's Cameroonian defender Nicolas Nkoulou (right) during the Uefa Champions League group F football match Marseille vs Naples on Oct 22, 2013 at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, south
Napoli's midfielder Marek Hamsik of Slovakia (left) vies Marseille's Cameroonian defender Nicolas Nkoulou (right) during the Uefa Champions League group F football match Marseille vs Naples on Oct 22, 2013 at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Steaua's Mihai Pintilii, left, fights for the ball against Basel's Mohamed Salah, right, during a Champions League group E group stage match between Switzerland's FC Basel 1893 and Romania's FC Steaua Bucurest at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel,
Steaua's Mihai Pintilii, left, fights for the ball against Basel's Mohamed Salah, right, during a Champions League group E group stage match between Switzerland's FC Basel 1893 and Romania's FC Steaua Bucurest at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Egyptian Footballer Mohamed Abou Trika (centre) of al-Ahly celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during their CAF Champions League Group A football match against Zamalek at El-Gouna stadium near Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada on Sept
Egyptian Footballer Mohamed Abou Trika (centre) of al-Ahly celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during their CAF Champions League Group A football match against Zamalek at El-Gouna stadium near Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada on Sept 15, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
AS Roma's Mehdi Benatia celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Bologna at Rome's Olympic stadium, on Sunday, Sept 29, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
AS Roma's Mehdi Benatia celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Bologna at Rome's Olympic stadium, on Sunday, Sept 29, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, right, of Ghana, vies for the ball with Galatasaray forward Nordin Amrabat, of the Netherlands, during a Champions League, Group B, soccer match between Juventus and Galatasaray at the Juventus stadium in Turin, It
Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, right, of Ghana, vies for the ball with Galatasaray forward Nordin Amrabat, of the Netherlands, during a Champions League, Group B, soccer match between Juventus and Galatasaray at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, on Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
AC Milan's Kevin Constant, right, and Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez vie for the ball during a Champions League, Group H, soccer match between AC Milan and Barcelona at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
AC Milan's Kevin Constant, right, and Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez vie for the ball during a Champions League, Group H, soccer match between AC Milan and Barcelona at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Rennes' French forward Jonathan Pitroipa eyes the ball during the French L1 football match Evian (ETG) v Rennes (SRFC) on Aug 24, 2013 at the Parc des sports stadium in Annecy, eastern France. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Rennes' French forward Jonathan Pitroipa eyes the ball during the French L1 football match Evian (ETG) v Rennes (SRFC) on Aug 24, 2013 at the Parc des sports stadium in Annecy, eastern France. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Chelsea's John Obi Mikel celebrates after scoring against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London on Sept 21, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Chelsea's John Obi Mikel celebrates after scoring against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London on Sept 21, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Sporting's Algerian forward Islam Slimani celebrates after scoring during the Portuguese Cup football match SL Benfica vs Sporting CP at Luz Stadium in Lisbon on Nov 9, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Sporting's Algerian forward Islam Slimani celebrates after scoring during the Portuguese Cup football match SL Benfica vs Sporting CP at Luz Stadium in Lisbon on Nov 9, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Malawi's defender Moses Chavula (left) vies with Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike during the Fifa World Cup qualifying football match Nigeria vs Malawi in Calabar on September 7, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Malawi's defender Moses Chavula (left) vies with Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike during the Fifa World Cup qualifying football match Nigeria vs Malawi in Calabar on September 7, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Ghana's captain Asamoah Gyan vies with Egypt's Hossam Ghaly (left) during the Fifa World Cup 2014 qualifying football match Ghana v Egypt, on Oct 16, 2013 at Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Ghana's captain Asamoah Gyan vies with Egypt's Hossam Ghaly (left) during the Fifa World Cup 2014 qualifying football match Ghana v Egypt, on Oct 16, 2013 at Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
CSKA Moscow's Ahmed Musa (centre) and Zoran Tosic (right) celebrate a goal during their Champions League soccer match against Viktoria Plzen at the Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg on Oct 2, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
CSKA Moscow's Ahmed Musa (centre) and Zoran Tosic (right) celebrate a goal during their Champions League soccer match against Viktoria Plzen at the Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg on Oct 2, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
AS Roma's Gervinho celebrates after scoring his second goal during a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Bologna at Rome's Olympic stadium, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
AS Roma's Gervinho celebrates after scoring his second goal during a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Bologna at Rome's Olympic stadium, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Didier Drogba of Galatasaray celebrates his goal against FC Copenhagen during their Champions League soccer match in Istanbul on Oct 23, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Didier Drogba of Galatasaray celebrates his goal against FC Copenhagen during their Champions League soccer match in Istanbul on Oct 23, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Sunderland's Ki Sung Yueng, left, vies for the ball with Manchester City's captain Yaya Toure, right, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, on Sunday, Nov 11, 2013. The African Football Co
Sunderland's Ki Sung Yueng, left, vies for the ball with Manchester City's captain Yaya Toure, right, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, on Sunday, Nov 11, 2013. The African Football Confederation (CAF) on Friday unveiled a 25-man shortlist for the prize of African Footballer of the Year for 2013, with Toure and Didier Drogba the leading names. -- PHOTO: AP

PARIS (AFP) - The African Football Confederation (CAF) on Friday unveiled a 25-man shortlist for the prize of African Footballer of the Year for 2013, with Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba the leading names.

Manchester City midfielder Toure has won the award in each of the last two years and winning it for a third consecutive year would see him match the achievement of Samuel Eto'o, winner in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Eto'o, now of Chelsea, has won the award four times overall but is not nominated this time.

Two-time winner Drogba, now of Galatasaray, and Gervinho of Roma are the other candidates from the Ivory Coast, while there are five Nigerians in contention, all members of the side that won the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa at the start of the year.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 9.

Nominees for African Footballer of the Year award:

Ahmed Musa (NGR/CSKA Moscow/RUS)

Asamoah Gyan (GHA/Al Ain/UAE)

Dame N'Doye (SEN/Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS)

Didier Drogba (CIV/Galatasaray/TUR)

Emmanuel Emenike (NGR/Fenerbahce/TUR)

Islam Slimani (ALG/Sporting Lisbon/POR)

John Obi Mikel (NGR/Chelsea/ENG)

Jonathan Pitroipa (BUR/Rennes/FRA)

Kevin Constant (GUI/AC Milan/ITA)

Kwadwo Asamoah (GHA/Juventus/ITA)

Luis Carlos Almada Soares 'Platini' (CPV/Omonia Nicosia/CYP)

Mehdi Benatia (MAR/Roma/ITA)

Mohamed Abou Trika (EGY/Al Ahly/EGY)

Mohamed Salah (EGY/Basel/SUI)

Nicolas Nkoulou (CAM/Marseille/FRA)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB/Borussia Dortmund/GER)

Ryan Mendes (CPV/Lille/FRA)

Saladin Said (ETH/Wadi Degla/EGY)

Seydou Keita (MAL/Dalian Aerbin/CHN)

Sofiane Feghouli (ALG/Valencia/ESP)

Sunday Mba (NGR/Warri Wolves/NGR)

Victor Wanyama (KEN/Southampton/ENG)

Vincent Enyeama (NGR/Lille/FRA)

Gervinho (CIV/Roma/ITA)

Yaya Toure (CIV/Manchester City/ENG)