PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Naby Keita – BBC nomination, a sign of big things to come

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Naby Keita – BBC nomination, a sign of big things to come
Leipzig's Naby Keita celebrates scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group G soccer match between RB Leipzig and Besiktas Istanbul in Leipzig, Germany, 06 December 2017. EPA/FILIP SINGER

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Dec 14, 2017. 16:00

Despite his failure to win the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year, Guinea and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita must be proud of himself.

The 22-year-old Syli Nationale international came fifth in the race for the biggest award for European-based African players.

Coming up against one of the best African players was not going to be easy for the midfielder to bag the award in his first attempt, but the nomination alone is a massive achievement.

It was announced this week that Egyptian international and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has bagged the gong.


The Pharaohs international is doing exceptionally well for the Reds as he scored 19 goals in all competitions and also helped his country to reach the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations final as well as Russia for the World Cup next year.

Salah battled it out against some of the finest African players such as Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mané, Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as Nigerian Victor Moses, who plays for Chelsea.

Coming to Keita, the player is bound to Anfield next year and will undoubtedly become a better player, considering that he will play alongside Mane and Salah.

In addition, his ambition is to also raise the Guinean flag and become the first player to win this coveted trophy.

Meanwhile, Keita will now turn his focus on helping Leipzig to challenge for the German Bundesliga title as well as fighting to win the UEFA Europa League.

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