Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2016 CAF Champions League football match between Mamelodi Sundowns v AS Vita at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on April 20, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday Oct 15, 2016. 14:30
No fewer than five Mamelodi Sundowns players have been nominated for the 2016 African Player of the Year - Based in Africa accolade, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed on Saturday.
The prestigious award, which honours the best player plying his club football on the African continent, will be revealed early next year.
Denis Onyango (Uganda), Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe), Keagan Dolly (South Africa), Hlompho Kekana (South Africa) and Yannick Zakri (Ivory Coast), who played for ASEC Mimosas in the Caf Champions League before his move to the Chloorkop based side at the end of August, have all been nominated.
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The 25-man list also includes Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana number one Itumeleng Khune. The Amakhosi goal-minder grabbed the headlines at the 2016 Rio Olympics with a superb showing against hosts Brazil.
South Africa based quartet: Billiat, Dolly, Khune and Onyango
have also been nominated for the African Player of the Year
accolade, alongside the likes of Riyad Mahrez (Algeria Leicester City) and Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast and PSG).
Sundowns face Zamalek in the 2016 Caf Champions League final. The first-leg will be hosted by the Brazilians at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.