CAF Awards: African Player of the Year – Based in Africa Top 5

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Dennis Onyango
Country:Uganda
Born:15 May 1985
Position: Goalkeeper
Club:Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
Onyango has made a case for himself this year with scintillating performances for club and country.
The shot-stopper played an important role as Mamelodi Sundowns conquered the continent, making
some decisive saves in the process. He also won the South African PSL crown with Sundowns earlier in the year.
He was instrumental as Uganda ended a 39-year wait for the Africa Cup of Nations with qualification for next year’s finals in Gabon. The 31-year old goalkeeper has also been superb in the post for the
Cranes in the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, having managed four points from two games, two shy of Group E leaders, Egypt.

Hlompho Kekana
Country:South Africa
Born:23 May 1985
Position:Midfielder
Club:Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
The year 2016 will forever remain in the minds of the Mamelodi Sundowns captain.  Kekana etched his name in the club’s history books when he lifted the CAF Champions League trophy for the first
time, playing all matches on the road to victory. One of the unsung heroes of the Sundowns squad, his assist in the final first leg victory against Zamalek proved vital as the Brazilians clinched the
ultimate, in addition to their domestic league title. His wonder goal for South Africa against Cameroon last March in the AFCON 2017 qualifiers in Limbe remains a contender for the goal of the
year prize after FIFA nominated the midfielder’s 60 metres long shot for Puskas award.

Keagan Dolly
Country:South Africa
Born:22 January 1993
Position:Midfielder
Club:Mamelodi Sundowns
The talented midfielder was one of the key masterminds of the Mamelodi Sundowns’ continental triumph. Dolly scored once and provided several assists. He was a member of the South African
team that participated at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and is a regular for the Bafana Bafana, scoring a brace in the shocking 4
-0 win over Gambia away in Banjul in the AFCON 2017
qualifiers. He is also involved with the South Africans in the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers.

Khama Billiat
Country:Zimbabwe
Born:3 October 1990
Position:Forward
Club:Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
Billiat was the architect of Mamelodi Sundown’s year of glory, as they won the Orange CAF Champions League for the first time in 2016. The 26
-year old playmaker scored three goals and with several assists as the ‘Brazilians’ conquered the continent.
He was also instrumentalas Sundowns won the South African Premier League, and was decorated Premiership Players’ Player
of the Year, Midfielder of the Season and Footballer of the Season.
Billiat had an eventful year with Zimbabwe, scoring twice to
help the Warriors reach next year’s Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2006.

Rainford Kalaba
Country:Zambia
Born:14 August1986
Position:Midfielder
Club: TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
Kalaba had an eventful year.
After bagging yet another DR Congo League titlewith TP Mazembe, he was the main pillar in ‘Les Corbeaux’Orange CAF Confederation Cuptriumph, finishing as top scorer with seven goals in as many matches. Kalaba also won the DR Congo Super Cup. As captain of the Zambia national team, he is
hoping to guide the Chipolopolo to the finals of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2018, after missing out on a place at the Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.

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