Egyptian footballer and Ahly striker Mohammed Abou-Treika has been shortlisted for the 2012 Best African-based Player award.
African governing body CAF announced that Treika made it among the final three candidates, including Zambians Rainford Kalaba and Stoppila Sunzu, who both play for Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe, Egypt’s al-Ahram online reported Friday.
Youssed Msakni and Yannick N’Djeng of Tunisia’s Esperance club were dropped despite leading their team to the African Champions final where they conceded to Ahly, 2-3 on aggregate.
However, for Abou Treika, it has been a disappointing year as the Egyptian national team failed to qualify in competing for the African Nations Cup in South Africa next year. He also barely participated in domestic football following the suspension of last season’s Egyptian Premier League due to the Port Said violence in February.
Fellow compatriot Ahmed Hassan won the award in 2010. This year’s winner will be announced in Ghana on Dec. 20.