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Does Victor Moses deserve to be named African footballer of the year?

Last week, the nominees for the African footballer of the year award were released. Evident on the list was the name of Chelsea right-wingback, Victor Moses. After a stellar 2016-17 season, has Moses done enough for his teams to plunder an individual award?

Of the 30-man shortlist by CAF for the Africa footballer of the year, five names stood out. That of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita and Chelsea’s Victor Moses.

Without much debate, the next African footballer of the year will be one of the aforementioned. However, this piece is aimed at discussing Victor Moses chances of scooping the award.

The African footballer of the year is awarded to the most outstanding African footballer for the year under review. The award has been in existence since 1970 and has honoured some of the best players to emerge from the continent.

Victor Moses chances

Victor Moses was outstanding for Chelsea last season. After years on end in the wilderness of unsuccessful loan spells, Antonio Conte gave the Nigerian a chance at renaissance by keeping him at Chelsea. Moses took it with both hands.

Moses would feature 34 times for Chelsea during a highly successful season, barely putting a foot wrong. His three goals and two assists do not mirror the amount of work he put in, helping Chelsea to the Premier League title with a record, 30 wins.

Playing in an unfamiliar right-wingback position, Moses shone, making the position his own and ensuring (on many occasions) that Chelsea were impregnable down that right wing.

Moses has some stiff competition for the CAF award, though. Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in contention. There’s also Liverpool’s Sadio Mané. Both players had a successful last season, on an individual level.

Aubameyang rained goals in the Bundesliga last term, outscoring Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski to win the golden-shoe after hitting a staggering 31 Bundesliga goals.

Sadio Mané was also exhilarating for Liverpool last season. The Senegalese was the Reds weapon of destruction in attack and they clearly struggled in his absence. Mané was named Liverpool player of the season, deservedly. The former Southampton forward scored 13 Premier League goals including five assists to help Jurgen Klopp’s men qualify for the Champions League.

How can we ignore Mohamed Salah? The wing wizard! Salah was next to unplayable for Roma last season, earning himself a big money move to the country he struggled so much during his spell with a club who play in the capital city.

Salah was pivotal to nearly everything Roma did in attack last term. His 11 assists where paramount to Edin Džeko’s run to 29 Serie A goals last season. For himself, the Egyptian also notched 15 League goals for the Romans. Salah has transferred that same zest and form to Liverpool this season. Only Harry Kane (8) has scored more Premier League goals than Mohamed Salah (7).

On the international front, Salah helped his nation qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Egypt’s first appearance in the global mundial since 1990.

The verdict

Victor Moses performed brilliantly for Chelsea last season, he was a step better than impressive. However, if his performance for Chelsea wasn’t good enough to win him the Chelsea player of the year or earn him an inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year, then it isn’t enough to land him the best African player award.

For informative purpose, here is the full list of nominees for the prestigious CAF award:

1. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)
2. Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Lyon)
3. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)
4. Christian Atsu (Ghana & Newcastle)
5. Christian Bassogog (Cameroon & Henan Jianye)
6. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
7. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)
8. Essam El Hadary (Egypt & Al Taawoun)
9. Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon & Sevilla)
10. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)
11. Jean Michel Seri (Cote d’Ivoire & Nice)
12. Junior Kabananga (DR Congo & Astana)
13. Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord)
14. Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco)
15. Khalid Boutaib (Morocco & Yeni Malatyaspor)
16. Mbwana Samata (Tanzania & Genk)
17. Michael Olunga (Kenya & Girona)
18. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
19. Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)
20. Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig)
21. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
22. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)
23. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
24. Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)
25. Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea)
26. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Porto)
27. William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria & Bursaspor)
28. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)
29. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia & Al Duhail)
30. Yves Bissouma (Mali & Lille)

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