Christian Atsu has been named in the list of nominees for the 2017 African Player of the Year award, released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The African football governing body released the list of 30 nominated players for the African Player of the Year, as well as the African Player of the Year-based in Africa on Wednesday.

The winners will be decided by votes from head coaches and technical directors of the national associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF media committee, members of the technical and development committee and a panel of experts.

The two winners will be announced at the CAF Awards Gala scheduled for 4 January 2018 in Accra (Ghana).

In total five Premier League stars have been nominated, with Eric Bailly (Man Utd, Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Victor Moses (Chelsea), and Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), joining Atsu on the list.

However, no place for last year’s winner Riyad Mahrez of Leicester.

The full list of nominations:

Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Porto)

Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord)

Christian Atsu (Ghana & Newcastle)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)

Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)

Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)

Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco)

Christian Bassogog (Cameroon & Henan Jianye)

Yves Bissouma (Mali & Lille)

Khalid Boutaib (Morocco & Yeni Malatyaspor)

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)

Essam El Hadary (Egypt & Al Taawoun)

Junior Kabananga (DR Congo & Astana)

Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)

Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig)

Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)

Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)

Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea)

Youssef Msakni (Tunisia & Al Duhail)

Michael Olunga (Kenya & Girona)

Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon & Sevilla)

Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Mbwana Samata (Tanzania & Genk)

Jean Michel Seri (Cote d’Ivoire & Nice)

Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Lyon)

William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria & Bursaspor)