The Confederation African Football (Caf) on Monday announced the top five nominees for the 2014 African Player of the Year.
Five players each have been shortlisted for the Player of the Year and Player of the Year (based in Africa) categories.
Slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa made the cut for the award for stars based in Africa. Meyiwa helped Orlando Pirates reach the Caf Champions League final and was also instrumental in Bafana Bafana qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Despite winning the 2014 BBC African Footballer of the Year award, Algeria and Porto midfield maestro Yacine Brahimi missed out on the final top five list of players based in Europe.
Brahimi came out on top ahead of Nigerian Vincent Enyeama, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ivorian star Yaya Toure who are all in the top five for the Caf award.
The awards will be held in Lagos, Nigeria, on 8 January.
For the African Player of the Year (alphabetical order)
1. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria, CSKA Moscow)
2. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana, Al Ain)
3. Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund)
4. Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria, Lille)
5. Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Manchester City)
For the African Player of the Year – based in Africa (alphabetical order)
1. Akram Djahnit (Algeria, E.S. Setif)
2. El Hedi Belamieri (Algeria, E.S. Setif)
3. Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Tunisia, C.S. Sfaxien)
4. Firmin Mubele Ndombe (D.R Congo, AS Vita)
5. Senzo Robert Meyiwa (South Africa, Orlando Pirates)