Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns tackled by Tarek Hamed of Zamalek during the 2016 CAF Champions League Final second leg between Zamalek and Sundowns at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on 23 October 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Friday Dec 23, 2016. 16:00
Mamelodi Sundowns pair Denis Onyango and Khama Billiat are among the top three players on the continent, with the duo along with TP Mazembe's Rainford Kalaba shortlisted for the CAF African Player of the Year - Based in Africa accolade.
Uganda international goal-minder, Onyango, and Zimbabwe Warriors forward, Billiat, played an integral part in the Brazilians run to a maiden Caf Champions League crown in October.
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Onyango also helped qualify the Cranes for a first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in just under four decades, while Billiat also spearheaded his nation to the 2017 AFCON showpiece in Gabon.
TP Mazembe and Zambia midfielder, Kalaba, on the other hand was key to the Democratic Republic of Congo giants wining the 2016 Caf Confederations Cup.
Top 3 Nominees for the African Player of the Year:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)
Sadio Mané (Senegal & Liverpool)
Top 3 Nominees for the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa:
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe)
The winners will be unveiled at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala on Thursday, 5 January 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.