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Iwobi, Iheanacho Battle Mahrez For 2016 BBC African Player Of The Year Award, Organisers Announces Date

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As many as three Nigerians are expected to be on the shortlist for the 2016 BBC African Player of the year award, when the organisers unveil the names in running for the award.

The list of nominees will most likely be revealed on Saturday 12th of November 2016, according to reports exclusively gathered by Owngoalnigeria.com.

Nominees will be unveiled on the BBC World Service early morning Newsday programme at around 0555GMT. The public will then be able to vote online or via the BBC Sport pages and via text.

Five names are expected to be on the shortlist with the Nigerian trio of Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Ahmed Musa of Leicester City expected to be on the shortlist.

Although Algerian forward is the favourite for the award, which will be handed out in December, current holder Yaya Toure of Manchester City is expected to be on the shortlist despite being frozen out at Manchester City by manager Pep Guardiola.