The 22-year-old keeper from Cameroon belongs to the ten remaining candidates. His Moroccan fellow member Hakim Ziyech was on the ’long list’ of 34 players, but has fallen off.
Onana has competition from, among others, Sadio Mané, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Riyad Mahrez, Medhi Benatia and Mohamed Salah, the winner of last year. The Egyptian attacker of Liverpool is now the favorite. Salah reached with his English club in the final of the Champions League, and was himself top scorer of the Premier League.
’Onana is on the way to level Neuer’
Talent of the Year
Onana was also nominated for the award for talent of the year, but he belongs after the first round of voting no to the three remaining candidates. That are Achraf Hakimi, Franck Kessié and Wilfred Ndidi. The prizes will be on 8 January in the Senegalese capital Dakar have been awarded. The coaches and captains of African countries, voetballegendes of the continent, and a select group of journalists allowed to vote for the prizes to be awarded by the CAF, the South African football association.