Uganda Cranes skipper and Mamelodi Sundowns number one custodian Denis Masinde Onyango has been shortlisted for the CAF African Player of the Year 2018 award along with nine other players, most of whom play their club football from outside the continent.
Onyango will battle it out with two-time BBC African player of the year (2017 & 2018) and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah of Egypt, Sadio Mane of Senegal.
Other competitors include Arsenal duo Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Andre Onana, Anice Badri, Juventus’ Medhi Benatia and Walid Soliman.
Meanwhile, the national football team the Uganda Cranes also made it to the final three-team shortlist for the best national team of the year.
According to a shortlist released by the continental football governing body CAF, Uganda will compete for the accolade along with Madagascar and Mauritania.
This was after Kenya’s Harambee Stars, the Warriors of Zimbabwe and Guinea Bissau were cut off from the initial list of six to make it three.
Both Madagascar and Mauritania qualified for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals and will make their debuts at the continental showcase midway next year.
Uganda won the award in 2016 while Egypt claimed it in 2017.