A committee of technical experts from the confederation, African football legends and media representatives selected from a number of countries has drawn up the preliminary list of the various categories, taking into account the performance of the candidates between November 2022 and September 2023, the confederation said in a statement on its official website.

The preliminary list of the best player in the continent included 30 candidates, including 14 Arab players, half of whom represent the Moroccan team, which achieved history in the 2022 World Cup when it finished fourth: Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain), Sofiane Amrabat (Manchester United), Azzedine Onahi (Marseille), Yahya Jubran (Wydad Casablanca), Hakim Ziyech (Galatasaray), Yassine Bouno (Saudi Al Hilal) and Youssef Al-Nasiri (Sevilla).

The list included 7 other Arab players: Algerians Rami Bensbaini (Borussia Dortmund), Riyad Mahrez (Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahly), Egyptians Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mohamed Abdel Moneim "Kahraba", Mohamed Abdel Moneim and Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly) and Tunisian Mohamed Ali Ben Ramadan (Hungarian Ferencváros).

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, who won the top scorer and Serie A title with Napoli, and Senegalese international Sadio Mané, who won the award last year, are among the strong contenders for the award.

Atlas Lions coach Walid Regragui is competing for the best technical director award in the African continent with 9 other coaches, led by Algerian Abdelhak Benchikha, who led USM Alger to the African Confederation Cup and the African Super Cup, and Swiss Marcel Kohler, who led Egypt's Al Ahly to regain its title in the Champions League at the expense of Morocco's Wydad Casablanca.

Moroccans Bilal Al-Khanous (Belgian Genk) and Abdessamad Zalzouli (Real Betis) were among the list of 10 players nominated for the Best Promising Player award.

A total of 10 nominees are competing for the best goalkeeper award, including 4 Arabs: Bounou and compatriot Youssef Moutia (Wydad Casablanca), Chennaoui and Algeria's Oussama Benbot (USM Algiers).

A total of 20 players are competing for the Best Local Player award, including 13 Arabs.

The Moroccan and Mauritanian teams were among the candidates for the best team award, in addition to 6 Arab teams among the 10 candidates for the best club award in the continent: Chabab Belouizdad, USM Alger (Algeria), Wydad, Raja Casablanca (Morocco), Al Ahly (Egypt) and Esperance (Tunisia).

The final winner in each category will be determined after a vote by a committee consisting of the CAF Technical Committee, media, coaches and leaders of member associations and clubs participating in the group stages of club competitions.

The awards ceremony will be held on December 11 in Marrakech, Morocco.