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By Luke Reddy

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  1. Cast your vote

    The vote for the African Footballer of the Year has now moved. You can cast your vote here until Monday 27 November at 18:00 GMT.

  2. Farewell for now...

    Vote for AFOTY

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses or Mohamed Salah

    And that is a wrap.

    Hopefully this live text has helped you decide on who to vote for on the BBC African Footballer of the Year shortlist.

    You can go for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses or Mohamed Salah. Just vote on the side of this page if you're on a desktop computer or use a tab at the top if you're on a mobile.

    You can vote until 27 November and the winner is announced on 11 December.

    All the stats and videos you need to help you are accessible by clicking here.

    Mull it over, as we said at the start of this page, there are over a billion people in Africa so to be named the continent's best player for a year is no small feat.

    These guys are good.

    You've been great too. Thank you for all your tweets and your interaction on our Facebook live page.

    Oh and if you're reading this in Morocco or Tunisia, congratulations. While we've been at this live text you've qualified for the World Cup. Enjoy the celebrations.


  3. Former glory - Kanu (1997 & 1999)

    Past AFOTY winners

    Nwankwo Kanu

    There is a Nigerian in our shortlist this year in Chelsea's Victor Moses.

    Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure and Nigerian duo Nwankwo Kanu and Jay Jay Okocha are the three men who have won this award twice.

    Let's allow ourselves to reminisce about Kanu.

    That hat-trick at Chelsea with the last goal bent in from the dead-ball line, the supposed size-15 feet, that distinctive meandering style. What's not to like?

  4. Get Involved

    Tweet #BBCAFOTY

    Owais Iqbal: Victor Moses bizarrely shortlisted for #BBCAFOTY but @ericbailly24 misses out! He's been outstanding for #MUFC since he signed.

  5. Meet the contenders

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah.

    In case you've been stuck under a rock for the last month or so, the shortlist comprised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah.

    And if you don't know much about them you can find out more here - and just stick on this page and we'll load you up with loads of info over the next hour or so.

  6. Former glory - Jay Jay takes over (2003 & 2004)

    Past AFOTY winners


    Jay Jay Okocha's flamboyant on-the-pitch style grabbed attention in his first season at Bolton in 2003 when he finished as the club's joint-top scorer. A superb strike on the final day of the season also helped keep the north-west club up.

    A year later Okocha helped Bolton finish eighth and reach the League Cup final. He also netted four times as Nigeria came third at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    No other player has been named BBC African Footballer of the Year in back-to-back seasons.

  7. Africa loves its footy

    A graph showing african players in england rising

    Some BBC Sport research showed that there were 57 African players in the Premier League last season. Africa has been more and more represented in England and looking at the fanatical nature of the continent, we shouldn't be surprised.

    Last year, Nielsen Sports research showed that Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, is the number one most engaged football market globally. An incredible 83% of people there are interested in football and even more remarkable is the fact 65% of them play the game too.

  8. Former glory - El Hadji Diouf (2002)

    Past AFOTY winners


    El Hadji Diouf is seemingly always remembered for one specific game - the World Cup opener of 2002, when he ran France ragged as Senegal shocked the defending champions.

    He had already agreed to join Liverpool and some would argue he had also already reached the peak of his powers. Nonetheless, Diouf claimed the BBC African Footballer of the Year award in 2002 and he was also named in Fifa's all-star XI that year.

    Since, he has played for Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn, Rangers, Doncaster, Leeds and more. He now does some work in sport for the government in Senegal, runs a newspaper business and owns a gym.

  9. Watch clips of each nominee

    Mohamed Salah

    And finally to the man who took Egypt to the World Cup.

    Mohamed Salah's return to the Premier League with Liverpool has seen him deliver on the promise Chelsea must have seen to bring him to England for his first frustrating spell.

    Pace, goals, assists, he's shown us plenty. But, does he get your vote?

  10. Former glory - Weah breakthrough (1995)

    Past AFOTY winners

    George Weah

    There have been some great winners down the years - and this guy is one of my favourites.

    The BBC award was just one of many that AC Milan's George Weah won in 1995 along with the African, European and World Player titles, and the Liberian is still the only African to have won Fifa's prestigious prize.

    He beat Paolo Maldini and Jurgen Klinsmann in the voting, before earning further acclaim at the awards ceremony after spontaneously giving his Fifa medal to a moved Arsene Wenger, who had discovered and developed the striker's talent at Monaco.

    Weah is currently competing to become president of Liberia.

  11. Watch clips of each nominee

    Victor Moses

    He was farmed out on loan time and again and then somehow reinvented himself as a fine wing-back. Victor Moses is a picture of persistence and his fine year sees him among our five nominees.

    Take a look at his highlights and vote on this page.

  12. Get Involved

    Tweet #BBCAFOTY

    Giwa Karim: All the 5 nominees deserved it but Sadio Mane is outstanding. He is a player that makes things happened.

    Keep your tweets coming to #BBCAFOTY.

    More clips of nominees up next...

  13. Former glory - Zambia (1994)

    Past AFOTY winners

    Zambia celebrate

    Don't let the image of Zambia celebrating their Africa Cup of Nations success in 2012 fool you. The 1994 award of AFOTY to Zambia runs very, very deep.

    In April 1993, a plane carrying the Zambia squad to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal crashed off the coast of Gabon, killing all 30 passengers - including 18 of the country's best footballers.

    Yet the greatest player in the country's history, Kalusha Bwalya (pictured here with the AFCON trophy in 2012), was not on the plane as he was making his own way to Dakar from Europe, where he played for PSV Eindhoven.

    Bwalya then led an unlikely comeback as a young Zambia team went unbeaten in its remaining two Nations Cup qualifiers to reach the 1994 finals, where they went on to reach the final, overcoming incredible adversity to make their country proud.

    Rightly, they took the BBC AFOTY award.

  14. Comments from BBC Sport Facebook...

    Ojieabu Clifford: I'm watching from Nigeria, everyone is just saying Salah but what has he won with his country and club? It's Victor Moses all the way.

    Michelle Dee Katami: It is sad that no East African player can make it..Time for East Africa to pull up their socks football-wise.

    Maybe next year Michelle, thanks for following and getting involved.

  15. Watch clips of each nominee

    Sadio Mane

    We reach the third of our nominees in our video highlights offer.

    It's Sadio Mane, a man who Liverpool fans regard as critical to their fortunes.

    Watch, enjoy, contemplate and then... vote.

  16. Morocco reach Russia...

    Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco

    Morocco fan with a flag

    They will be dancing in the streets of Rabat, Morocco have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

    Incredibly, they have played six group games ant not conceded a goal. Their players are dancing on the pitch in Abidjan.

    See you in Russia gents.

  17. Voting reminder...



    Remember, you can vote by clicking on the options on the side of this page if you're using desktop or on the tab at the top if you're on a mobile.

    Voting will be open until 27 November and your winner will be announced on 11 December.

    More clips of great football to follow. Be patient...

  18. Watch clips of each nominee

    Naby Keita

    Naby Keita will soon be in the Premier League at Liverpool as we all know but he's grabbed the attention as a man who can do a bit of everything during his rise at RB Leipzig.

    At just 22, he could become the first player from Guinea to become BBC African Footballer of the Year. Should you vote for him? Click play and take a look.

  19. Ivory Coast at the World Cup?

    Meanwhile, in World Cup qualifying, Ivory Coast look done for. They are 2-0 down against Morocco with a few minutes remaining and the winner of that game goes to Russia 2016.

    Also heading to the World Cup are Tunisia as they are drawing 0-0 with Libya which will send them through. If Tunisia lose and Congo win, Congo go to the summer festival of football. Congo are only drawing 1-1 with Guinea though.

  20. Watch clips of each nominee

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Right then, I know you're contemplating who to vote for. I normally instantly know who I'm going for but I must admit it took a little time before I clicked on this occasion.

    Let me help you with some video highlights of each man. First up, a Borussia Dortmund goal machine...