Barely a week after being nominated for the CAF African Footballer Of the Year Award, the duo of Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama and Ivorian Yaya Toure are topping the five-man shortlist for the 2014 BBC African Footballer of the Year released on Monday .
Also the trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, and Gervinho are also on the star-studded five-man shortlist.
Since its inception, only one Nigerian player, Austin Okocha, has won the prestigious award having finished tops in 2003 and 2004. The former Super Eagles captain is also interestingly the only player to have ever won the award back-to-back since it started 14 years ago.
Enyeama, though not in top shape presently, was in awesome form for the period under review.
The Super Eagles shot stopper made a number of telling saves at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and was also brilliant for French Ligue 1 club, Lille where he registered 21 clean sheets last season and scooped the best African player award in the French Ligue.
Already, Enyeama has been shortlisted for several domestic awards in recognition of his blistering performance last season.
Meanwhile, according to the organisers of the BBC award, the winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, November 24 to vote for their choice.
The winner will be announced on December 1.