Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Teye Partey has been shortlisted for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award, hoping to become the sixth Ghanaian to win that prestigious award.
Partey has been nominated following a stellar season with the Madrid based club which saw him win the Europa League and the European Super Cup.
Partey was also honoured within the year after making 100 appearances for Atleti.
The nominees for this year’s honour have just been named by the BBC, and it contains five names, most of which are no surprise.
Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Liverpool, Mehdi Benatia of Morocco and Juventus, and Kalidou Koulibaly of Senegal and Napoli are Partey’s competition for the award.
Salah is the defending champion, having won the award for 2017.
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The BBC African Footballer of the Year award is given out by the British Broadcaster and is separate from CAF’s African Footballer of the Year Award. It is voted for by football fans online, with voting opened from 19:00 tonight till Sunday, 2nd December at 20:00 GMT.
The winner would be announced on BBC World News on Friday, 14th December at 17:30.
Partey would be hoping to emulate his compatriots who are past winners of the gong — Abedi Pele in 1992, Samuel Osei Kuffour in 2001, Michael Essien in 2006, Asamoah Gyan in 2010 and Andre Dede Ayew in 2011.