The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced its final shortlists for its 2017 awards on Monday and there was no award for Player of the Year Based in Africa.
An emergency committee meeting decided to scrap the Africa-based Player of the Year and referee categories, having initially shortlisted the nominees at the end of November.
According to KickOff.com, CAF media director Junior Binyam confirmed that the two categories have been scrapped by the federation.
“That category (Player of the Year – Based in Africa) and referee of the year were left out based on a decision of the emergency committee,” said Binyam.
“Those two categories have been cancelled.”
When probed as to why this was the case, the media director said: “I don’t know the reasons.”
The Player of the Year-Based in Africa award shortlist consisted of SuperSport’s Jeremy Brockie, Sundowns’ Denis Onyango and other eight players.
Meanwhile, Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the final nominees for the African Player of The Year award.
The awards gala will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.