Retired Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama and current captain of the team, Ahmed Musa are in a fresh tussle over who emerges as the best footballer on the continent.
According to Vanguard reports, the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) on Sunday, listed the Nigerian pair among its list of nominees for the 2015 African Player of the Year.
The former captain was said to have questioned the captaincy of Musa as he returned to the team following his absence from previous games, a development which led to an altercation between the goalkeeper and the team’s coach.
The team went ahead to lose their friendly against Congo in a rather disappointing fashion, but later regrouped to hand Cameroon a first defeat in six games after series of consultative meetings by the Nigeria Football federation (NFF).
The players now have another score to settle as the CAF player of the year award has pitched them against each other.
Below are the thirty-seven (37) players nominated for the top prize in African football in alphabetical order:
Name Club Nationality
Ahmed Musa CSKA Moscow, Russia Nigeria
Andre Ayew Swansea City, England Ghana
Aymen ABDENNOUR FC Valence, Spain Tunisia
Baghdad Bonjah Étoile du Sahel, Tunisia Algeria
Bassem Morsi Zamalek, Egypt Egypt
Chrisitian Atsu Bournemouth, England Ghana
Dieu Merci Mbokani Norwich, England D.R Congo
El Arbi Hillel Soudani Dynamo Zagreb, Croatia Algeria
Faouzi Ghoulam Napoli, Italy Algeria
Férébory Doré Angers, France Congo
Gervais Yao Kouassi Rome, Italy Cote d’Ivoire
Ibrahima Traoré Borussia Mönchengladbach, Germany Guinea
Javier Balboa Al-Faisaly, Saudi Arabia Equatorial Guinea
Héldon Ramos Rio Ave, Portugal Cape Verde
Mame Diouf Stoke City, England Senegal
Max Alain Gradel Bournemouth, England Cote d’Ivoire
Mehdi Benatia Bayern Munich, Germany Morocco
Modather Al Tayeb “Karika” Al Hilal, Sudan Sudan
Mohamed Salah As Roma, Italy Egypt
Nicolas Nkoulou Marseille, France Cameroon
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund, Germany Gabon
Robert Kidiaba T.P Mazembe, D.R Congo D.R Congo
Rudy Gestede Aston Villa, England Benin
Riyad Mahrez Leicester City, England Algeria
Sadio Mané Southampton, England Senegal
Serge AURIER Paris Saint Germain, France Côte d’Ivoire
Seydou keita Rome, Italy Mali
Sofiane FEGHOULI Valence, Spain Algeria
Stéphane Mbia Trabzonspor, Turkey Cameroon
Thievy Bifouma Granada, Spain Congo
Victor Wanyama Southampton, England Kenya
Vincent Aboubakar Porto, Portugal Cameroon
Vincent Enyeama Lille, France Nigeria
Yacine Brahimi Porto, Portugal Algeria
Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace, England RD Congo
Yasine Chikhaoui Al-Gharafa, Qatar Tunisia
Yaya Toure Man City, England Cot d’Ivoire
Yaya Toure beat off stiff opposition from Nigeria’s Enyeama and Aubameyang from Gabon to clinch the coveted prize last year and many are of the opinion that he may retain the award for an unprecedented fifth consecutive time.