The nominations for African Player of the Year have now been cut in the second stage of voting.

Christian Atsu was one of 30 nominated for the 2017 award but now the members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee, CAF Media Experts Panel and Independent Media and TV Consultants have chalked 19 from that initial list.

The Newcastle winger is one of those to miss out.

The 11 players who remain are:

Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Olympique Lyon)

Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord)

Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco)

Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & B. Dortmund)

Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea)

Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Porto)

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)

The winner will be announced on Thursday 4 January 2018 at the awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana.

As for Christian Atsu, he will once again be missing, still out injured as Newcastle take on West Brom.