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Summary

  1. Current holder Brahimi nominated again
  2. Aubameyang, Toure, Ayew and Mane also on list
  3. Two-week voting period to open at 10:55 GMT
  4. GET INVOLVED: #BBCAFOTY

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By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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So, the five-man shortlist for the BBC Africa Footballer of the Year has been revealed and you now decide the winner.

For all the details on how to vote, click here.

A dream come true

Yaya Toure

Toure spoke to to the BBC about realising his lifelong dream of winning the Africa Cup of Nations.

He said: “It was amazing, lifting the trophy with my brother....unbelievable, amazing. 

"Most of the team were young, they did a great job, it was me, my brother and Barry the only experienced players and I will never forget it”.

Full profile here.

Yaya Toure cartoon

Video - Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure interview

The rest is history

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane tells the BBC about growing up playing football on the streets in Senegal, and then a scout saw him and took him to a football centre, where he passed all the tests and the rest is history

He said: “I started to play football in the streets, when I was at school, then I left the city to go to Dakar and was there I met one guy who said I played good, he took me to the football centre, and they tested me, and I found I played good.”

Full profile here.

Sadio Mane cartoon

Video - Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane interview

Former South African winger Delron Buckley on BBC Sportshour: If Sadio Mane wins this, he will like a god walking on water in Senegal.  

'Better than ever'

Yacine Brahimi

Yacine Brahimi told the BBC he is a better player than last year: “Yes, it is because I am gaining more experience playing big games or against big teams. 

"This means you learn a lot. The fact that you play every 3 days helps in your understanding with your team mates.

"Above all, I work very hard every single day to get better and improve.”

Full profile here.

Yacine Brahimi cartoon

Get Involved

#BBCAFOTY

#BBCAFOTY there's no argument... Aubemayeng is by far the most outstanding African player. Can't stop scoring!

@BBCSport Aubermiang has been in superb form not surprised if he won #BBCAFOTY

Video - Yacine Brahimi

Yacine Brahimi interview

Son of a legend

Andre Ayew

The Swansea midfielder comes from good stock, being the son of the first ever winner of this award Abedi Pele Ayew.

He told the BBC: "I watched a lot of tapes of my Dad (Abedi Pele), Samuel Eto'o, Kalusha Bwalya - great players, legends.

"I also liked Thierry Henry, I liked his character, one of the best in the world that we’ve ever seen”

Full profile here.

Andre Ayew interview

Video profile - Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew cartoon

The Caped Crusader

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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The Borussia Dortmund striker is known for his sense of fun on the football pitch – in the past he has celebrated a goal by wearing a Spiderman mask, for his son to enjoy.

His son now has a new Superhero idol, Batman, so Aubameyang has changed his celebration.

He told the BBC: “Before it was Spiderman because I did that back at Saint Etienne... Now it's Batman for the colours, black and yellow. 

"My son has the Batman mask, the batman pyjamas, he has everything batman and soon I will do something else with Batman... Not a mask but I may put on a batman t shirt.”

Full profile here.

Get Involved

#BBCAFOTY

#BBCAFOTY Aubemeyang and Toure have been exceptional. However, considering his achievement for club and country, I go for Yaya Toure.

John Bennett

BBC World Service

Football journos from every nation in Africa chose 5 #BBCAFOTY nominees. Likes of Mahrez, Bolasie, Feghouli & Aurier unlucky to miss out.

Video profile - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

#BBCAFOTY

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cartoon

How do you vote?

The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 1800 GMT on 30 November to vote for their choice. 

You can either vote here or by sending an SMS from your phone to +44 7786 20 20 08: 

Text 1 for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 

Text 2 for Andre Ayew 

Text 3 for Yacine Brahimi 

Text 4 for Sadio Mane 

Text 5 for Yaya Toure 

Standard international text rates apply, please check with your service provider. Texts are limited to one text per mobile phone number. Full terms and conditions.

The winner will be announced on Friday 11 December between 1530-1600 GMT during a special live broadcast on both BBC World News and BBC World Service, with the BBC Sport and BBC Africa websites also carrying the announcement. 

Get Involved

#BBCAFOTY

I tip piere emerick @aubumeyang7 to win the #bbcafoty award this year

@BrahimiOfficial #BBCAFOTY all the way! Best African footballer by a mile! Top performance in #ChampionsLeague

The final shortlist

Nominees
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So there we have it.

The five nominees to be the the 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year are...

- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

- Andre Ayew 

- Yacine Brahimi 

- Sadio Mane 

- Yaya Toure

Now, the rest is up to you...

Why should he win?

Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure
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Oluwashina Okeleji, BBC African Sport:  Yaya Toure has now been nominated for the BBC African Footballer of the Year award, which he won in 2013, a record seven times. 

"Widely regarded as one of his generation's finest midfielders, he has again shown his immeasurable worth to both club and country in 2015. A powerhouse who can dominate opponents with his strength and determination, Toure is used to winning - and in February, he captained Ivory Coast to the Nations Cup title. 

"He is the lone African on the 23-man shortlist for Fifa World Player of the Year and few would argue against him being his continent's most influential player right now. 

"That's why the Ivorian should be BBC African Footballer of the Year for a second time."

Get Involved

#BBCAFOTY

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the most outstanding player from Africa in 2015. #BBCAFOTY

only one winner of the #BBCAFOTY this year. @YayaToure. No need for all this voting nonsense...

The fifth and final nominee is...

Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast and Manchester City)

Yaya Toure
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Yaya Toure’s dream finally came true in 2015 – lifting the Africa Cup of Nations trophy for a first time – after five previous failed attempts. 

The Ivorians recovered from missing their first two penalties in a shoot-out, Toure scored his, and the trophy was in the hands of the Elephants.

The 32-year-old helped Manchester City to second in the Premier League last season and has helped them to a decent start in the Champions League and domestic league this season.

Can he win our BBC award for a second time?

Why should he win?

Sadio Mane

Piers Edwards

BBC Sport

Sadio Mane
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"That Mane should be on Manchester United's radar is no surprise given his array of skills. It's not just his electric speed and superb close control, but also his footballing intelligence.

"A coach's dream in that he can play across the forward line, this box of tricks does not just score goals but makes them too - boasting that wonderful ability to both spot the pass and get the weight right too. 

"Standing 5ft 8in tall, Mane may be slight but he is becoming a Premier League heavyweight, with 12 goals and six assists in his last 31 games. 

"The burgeoning Mane would be a worthy winner of the BBC African Footballer for 2015."

The fourth nominee is...

Sadio Mane (Senegal and Southampton)

Sadio Mane
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A second nominee from the Premier League - and another who has made a huge impact in England this season.

The 23-year-old forward scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history, when he netted a treble against Aston Villa in just 176 seconds.

His performances from the Saints have seen him attract the interest of Manchester United and help his club qualify for Europe.

Described by former Southampton and England midfielder Matt Le Tissier as a player who gets you “out of your seat”, he has scored 14 goals in 2015 for club and country.

Former South African winger Delron Buckley on BBC Sportshour: I call him the twinkle toe. It is unbelievable. Yacine belongs in the Champions League.

Listen live on this page.

Why should he win?

Yacine Brahimi

Yacine Brahimi
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Maher Mezahi, BBC Sport, Algeria: "Is there a finer dribbler in Africa than Brahimi? It's doubtful. He also embodies how Algerians like their football played in a land where nutmegs often draw louder cheers than goals. 

"That's why the attacking midfielder should win the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for a second consecutive year, because his playing style appeals to both fans and the general public. 

"In the last two seasons, he has grown into an elite player by incorporating an end product into his repertoire. By way of example, he has already accrued eight goals and six assists in all competitions this year. 

"What's more, the Paris-born prodigy has excelled in the Champions League, club football's most elite competition."  

The third nominee is...

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria and Porto)

Yacine Brahimi
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The 25-year-old winger could become just the second player to retain the award - after Nigeria's Jay-Jay Okocha did it in 2003 and 2004.

One of the most coveted players in the Portuguese league, his Porto buy-out clause has increased to 60m euros, he has impressed in the Champions League both last season and this. 

He helped Algeria to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, where they were beaten by eventual winners Ivory Coast.

Why should he win?

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew
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Michael Oti Adjei, BBC Sport, Accra: "There's no debating it. Ayew is the most popular Ghanaian footballer now, the best by a mile in 2015 and a shade above any player on the continent which is why he has the best claim to be BBC African Footballer of The Year again. 

"Based on his form for Ghana and new club Swansea City, he should win the honour. He was outstanding as the Black Stars missed out on a fifth Nations Cup win, when losing on penalties to Ivory Coast, with his leadership and goals central to Ghana's fine run. 

"At club level, his form has been even better, taking to the Premier League with remarkable ease. Five goals in 12 games from wide midfield and that sumptuous assist against Manchester United encapsulate just how good he has been this year." 

Get Involved

#BBCAFOTY

@KaizerChiefs #BBCAFOTY #KCBBC @Aubameyang7 is taking this. He is the only African Player in top5 goals and assists in the world in 2015.

my personal African Footballer of the Year is @aubameyang7. I hope he wins the #BBCAFOTY 2015

The second nominee is...

Andre Ayew (Ghana and Swansea City)

Andre Ayew
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What a 2015 Andre Ayew has had. The 25-year-old shed tears when he left Marseille after a decade of service and 60 goals.

He made an instant impact in the Premier League with Swansea - including scoring at Chelsea and against Manchester United - and won the Premier League player of the month award for August.

The midfielder also starred in the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring a late winner against South Africa to win the group and in the semi-final.

A previous winner - in 2011 - can he become the first Ghanaian to win it twice?

Why he should win?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

John Bennett

BBC World Service

"There have been moments of brilliance, such as the successive hat-tricks, but it's his consistency that has taken him to the next level. 

"This season, only Bayern's world-class striker Robert Lewandowski can compete.

"What's more, Aubameyang has done it all with a smile on his face. Who can forget his Batman and Robin celebration? But don't be fooled, because he has worked hard to turn potential into prolific goalscoring. 

"No other African can match Aubameyang's consistency this year, hence my choice, and the great thing is you suspect this is just the start." 

The first nominee is...

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Borussia Dortmund)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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So is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang your man?

The 26-year-old certainly knows where the goal is.

The striker scored in 10 straight matches (last two of last season, first 8 of this season), scored consecutive hat-tricks in October and hit 20 goals in Dortmund’s first 17 games of the season.

He also scored 25 goals last season, helping his side to the German Cup final.

BBC coverage

The live reveal show is starting now on Sportshour on the World Service. You can listen on the live coverage tab on this page.

Past winners

Ghana's Andre Dede Ayew won BBC African Footballer 2011 who wins this year is up to you! Vote on Nov 14. #BBCAFOTY.

Ghana's Andre Dede Ayew won BBC African Footballer 2011 who wins this year is up to you! Vote on Nov 14. #BBCAFOTY.

On @BBCSportshour from 1030 Gmt to announce BBC African Footballer of the year - beautiful location @KaiserChiefs
On @BBCSportshour from 1030 Gmt to announce BBC African Footballer of the year - beautiful location @KaiserChiefs
On @BBCSportshour from 1030 Gmt to announce BBC African Footballer of the year - beautiful location @KaiserChiefs
On @BBCSportshour from 1030 Gmt to announce BBC African Footballer of the year - beautiful location @KaiserChiefs

On @BBCSportshour from 1030 Gmt to announce BBC African Footballer of the year - beautiful location @KaiserChiefs

You can listen by clicking on the live coverage tab on this page.

BBCAFOTY - the history

If you want to read more on the history of the BBC African Footballer of the Year award, you can click here for all the past winners.

Past winners

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan won BBC African Footballer 2010 but who wins this year is up to you! Vote on Nov 14. #BBCAFOTY.

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan won BBC African Footballer 2010 but who wins this year is up to you! Vote on Nov 14. #BBCAFOTY.

JJ Okocha won BBC African Footballer of the Year 2003. Who wins this year is up to you! Vote on Nov 14 #BBCAFOTY

JJ Okocha won BBC African Footballer of the Year 2003. Who wins this year is up to you! Vote on Nov 14 #BBCAFOTY

The five-man shortlist for the 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed in the next hour. Then you vote. #BBCAFOTY

Handing over the crown is...

Yacine Brahimi
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Brahimi's 2014 triumph hit the headlines

Last year's winner, Yacine Brahimi, made front page news in Portugal when he won the honour (see pic above). 

He became the first Algerian to win the BBC African Footballer of the Year after a record number of votes were submitted from fans in 207 Fifa-registered countries, 

Brahimi beat off competition from Ivorians Yaya Toure and Gervinho, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigerian Vincent Enyeama.

He starred for Algeria at the World Cup in Brazil, as the North Africans reached the last 16 for the first time in their history, and earned a move to Porto.

Who will follow in his footsteps?