Four Algerian footballers have been nominated for CAF’s 2019 African Footballer of the Year, DZ Football understands.
Riyad Mahrez, Youcef Belaili, Baghdad Bounedjah and Ismael Bennacer have made the shortlist for Africa’s most prestigious individual award.
Mahrez, who won the award back in 2016 and was the last Algerian to win it, won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup as well as the Africa Cup of Nations and the Community Shield for club and country in 2019 making him a strong candidate for the award.
Belaili has been nominated after winning the most prestigious prizes for both club and country this year. He lifted the CAF Champions League with Esperance as well as the AFCON title. This has also led to him being a nominee for Best Africa Based Player 2019.
Ismael Bennacer was the Player of the Tournament at AFCON 2019 which led to him getting a big club move to giants AC Milan. Baghdad Bounedjah won several trophies with his club side Al Sadd as well as scoring the winner against Senegal in the final of AFCON 2019.
Manager Djamel Belmadi is also on the shortlist for Best African Coach 2019. Follow all the Algerian football news in English with DZ Football.