Chelsea pair Michael Essien and Didier Drogba along with Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor and Egyptian duo Amr Zaki at Wigan Athletic and Mohamed Aboutrika at Al Ahly have been nominated for the 2008 African Player of the Year award.
The shortlist sees four players who ply their trade in the Premier League, with Blues midfielder Essien making the shortlist for the third time, despite being sidelined with a serious knee injury, but the Ghanaian has yet to win the top African accolade for a player.
On loan Latics striker Zaki has also made the list, with the striker making an immediate impact for Wigan in the Premiership scoring 5 times in 7 games since his arrival at the JJB Stadium and is thought to be a serious contender for the award.
Togolese forward Adebayor makes the list, despite the Gunners striker recently falling out with the Togo Football Federation and refusing to play, with the situation only just being resolved last week.
While Ivory Coast target-man Drogba is on the shortlist for the second year running after being snubbed in favour of former Tottenham Hotspur striker Fredi Kanoute for the award last year for reportedly refusing to attend the ceremony in Lome, Togo.