Having been awarded a second straight BBC award, the Liverpool star is now gunning for the continental federation's prize
Mohamed Salah predictably earned a place on the shortlist for the CAF Player of the Year award, butÂ Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly was surprisingly omitted.
Salah stands as the clear favourite for the awardÂ having enjoyed a remarkable 2018 in which he has found the net 41Â times, helping current Premier League leaders Liverpool to last season's Champions League final, where they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid.
His Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane, Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi and Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez are also on the list, as is Ajax goalkeeper Andre OnanaÂ and JuventusÂ defender Medhi Benatia.
AniceÂ BadriÂ (Tunisia andÂ ES Tunis),Â Denis Onyango (Uganda andÂ Mamelodi Sundowns) andÂ Walid Soliman (Egypt andÂ Al Ahly) are the three African-based players to be nominated.
Yet there is no place for centre-back Koulibaly, who was instrumental as Napoli finished just four points behind champions Juventus in Serie A last season, scoring his team'sÂ goal in a 1-0 win in Turin in April.
KoulibalyÂ has helped Napoli keep 16 SerieÂ A clean sheets in 2018, though he could not prevent them crashing out of the Champions League in the group stage this week.
Morocco international Achraf Hakimi, who is on loan atÂ Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid,Â AC Milan's Franck KessieÂ and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred NdidiÂ make up the shortlist for Youth Player of the Year.
No African team made it pastÂ the group stage atÂ the World Cup, but Senegal's Aliou CisseÂ and Morocco boss Herve RenardÂ are each up for Coach of the Year, along withÂ Moine Chaabani of ES Tunis.
Salah will now look to add the title to the BBC African Footballer of the Year gong, which he was awarded on Friday.Â
Mane and Koulibaly were also included on the shortlist, along withÂ JuventusÂ andÂ MoroccoÂ defender Medhi Benatia andÂ Atletico MadridÂ andÂ Ghanamidfielder Thomas Partey.
Salah had also lifted the prize in 2017, and admitted that it wasÂ "a great feeling. I would like to win it also next year.â€Â