Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Sadio Mane of Senegal will be among the favourites for the leading CAF individual award.
Victor Moses and William Troost-Ekong have been picked among 30 players as nominees for this year’s African Player of the Year award.
Mahrez, meanwhile, has largely failed to produce the quality of football that he displayed a year ago when playing a key role in driving Leicester to the Premier League’s most unlikely title triumph.
Moses is considered favourite for the award due to his fantastic season with Chelsea previous year and his contributions to Nigeria picking the 2018 World Cup ticket from the group that had reigning African champions Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.
Manchester United and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly makes the list alongside Chelsea and Nigeria wing-back Victor Moses.
Ekong has been impressive for both club and country this campaign, starting in all the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifiers as the team clinched a sixth ticket.
Portuguese outfit Porto supply the most players with Algerian Yacine Brahimi, Malian Moussa Marega and Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar listed.
Speaking on his nomination for the CAF top award, Ekong said wednesday that he was delighted with the honour.
THE Confederation of African Football has revealed its 30-man shortlists for the African Player of the Year and Africa-Based Player of the Year.
The winners are determined by votes from national coaches, technical directors, CAF committee members and media representatives and will be announced at a ceremony in Ghana early next year.
He also has one goal in four Champions League appearances as well as one goal in the Spanish Cup.