Cape Town - Orlando Pirates’ sadly deceased goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, has been included in the 20-man shortlist for CAF’s Africa-based African Player of the Year award.
Meyiwa, who was shot dead late last month, had captained Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates of late.
According to the Soccer Laduma website, Kaizer Chiefs’ Bernard Parker and Bongani Ndulula are the only other two South Africans to make the 20-man shortlist, while Mamelodi Sundowns' Ejike Uzoenyi, formerly of Enugu Rangers, also made the cut.
The winner of the award will be revealed on January 8 at the official awards ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.
African Player of the Year (based in Africa)
Amr Gamal (Egypt, Al Ahly), Abdelrahman Fetori (Libya, Ahly Benghazi), Bernard Parker (South Africa, Kaizer Chiefs), Bongani Ndulula (South Africa, AmaZulu), Akram Djahnit (Algeria, ES Setif), Ejike Uzoenyi (Nigeria, Enugu Rangers), El Hedi Belamieri (Algeria, ES Setif), Fakhereddine Ben Youssef (Tunisia, CS Sfaxien), Ferdjani Sassi (Tunisia, CS Sfaxien), Firmin Mubel Ndombe (DR Congo, AS Vita), Geoffrey Massa (Uganda, Pretoria University), Jean Kasusula (DR Congo, TP Mazembe), Kader Bidimbou (Congo, AC Leopards), Lema Mabidi (DR Congo, As Vita), Mudathir Al Taieb (Sudan, Al Hilal), Roger Assalé (Cote d’Ivoire, Sewe Sport), Senzo Meyiwa (South Africa, Orlando Pirates), Solomon Asante (Ghana, TP Mazembe), Souleymane Moussa (Cameroon, Coton Sport), Yunus Sentamu (Uganda, AS Vita)