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Mehdi Benatia nominated for African Footballer of the Year

Can the centerback win the award?

Alex Grimm

The 25 man shortlist for the CAF African Footballer of the Year was released, and Bayern Munich's Mehdi Benatia has been named to the list. The winner will be announced at the CAF Awards Gala on January 8, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. Manchester City's Yaya Toure has won the award for the previous three years.

Benatia had a tremendous season last year with AS Roma which earned him attention from many club. In the end, Bayern was able to capture his signature to bring the Moroccan international to the Allianz Arena. Since joining Bayern, Benatia has slowly been worked into the full team by Pep Guardiola,, and he's been showing exactly why FC Bayern was willing to splash the cash on him.

Here's the list of all 25 players nominated.

Player Nationality Club Team
Ahmed Musa Nigeria CSKA Moscow
Asamoah Gyan Ghana Al Ain
Dame N'doye Senegal Lokomotiv Moscow
Emmanuel Adebayor Togo Tottenham
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Cameroon Schalke
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef Tunisia CS Sfaxien
Ferdjani Sassi Tunisia CS Sfaxien
Gervinho Cote d'Ivoire Roma
Islam Slimani Algeria Sporting Lisbon
Kwadwo Asamoah Ghana Juventus
Mehdi Benatia Morocco Bayern Munich
Mohamed El Neny Egypt Basel
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabon Borussia Dortmund
Rais M'Bolhi Algeria Philadelphia Union
Sadio Mane Senegal Southampton
Seydou Kieta Mali Roma
Sofiane Feghouli Algeria Valencia
Stephane Mbia Cameroon Sevilla
Thulani Serero South Africa Ajax
Vincent Aboubakar Cameroon Porto
Vincent Enyeama Nigeria Lille
Wilfried Bony Cote d'Ivoire Swansea
Yacine Brahimi Algeria Porto
Yanick Bolasie DR Congo Crystal Palace
Yaya Toure Cote d'Ivoire Manchester City

What do you think Benatia's chances are of winning the award?

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