Ghana’s Thomas Partey has been shortlisted for the 2018 BBC African footballer of the year award.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder is among four other African players who are all vying for this year’s accolade.
Partey needs to beat off stern competition from reigning African Best player Mohammed Salah,Senegalese duo of Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly and Morocco’s Medhi Benatia if he is to win this award.
Liverpool forward Salah won last year’s award, with previous winners including Jay-Jay Okocha, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Riyad Mahrez.
He could join Ghanaian players like Abedi Ayew, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Micheal Essien, Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew who have won it in the past.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, has established himself as a first-team regular for Diego Simeone’s side, including a late appearance as a substitute in the Europa League final win over Marseille.
He scored in international friendlies for Ghana against Japan and Iceland.