Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been put on a list of 34 players in the running for the African player of the year award.

The Egypt international won the award last year.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah controls the ball during the Champions League Group C second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah controls the ball during the Champions League Group C second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Other big-name nominees announced by the Confederation of African Football include Sadio Mane of Senegal, Alex Iwobi of Nigeria, Mehdi Benatia of Morocco, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Riyad Mahrez of Algeria.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, left, challenges for the ball with PSG defender Marcos Marquinhos during a Champions League Group C soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, left, challenges for the ball with PSG defender Marcos Marquinhos during a Champions League Group C soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Madagascar striker Faneva Ima Andriatsima was also nominated and is a long-shot after his goals helped his country qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, its first major tournament.

Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane overruns PSG defender Thilo Kehrer during the Champions League Group C second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane overruns PSG defender Thilo Kehrer during the Champions League Group C second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The list will be cut to three finalists and the winner will be announced on Jan. 8 in Dakar, Senegal.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang applads to fans at the end of an English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Arsenal, at The Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday Nov. 25, 2018. (John Walton/PA via AP)
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang applads to fans at the end of an English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Arsenal, at The Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday Nov. 25, 2018. (John Walton/PA via AP)

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Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Bournemouth during their English Premier League soccer match at The Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday Nov. 25, 2018. (John Walton/PA via AP)
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game against Bournemouth during their English Premier League soccer match at The Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday Nov. 25, 2018. (John Walton/PA via AP)

Source: The Associated Press

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