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From 34 to 10: Manchester City winger makes shortlist for prestigious award

Riyad Mahrez has been named on the 10-man shortlist for this year’s CAF African Player of the Year award, which will be presented in January.

Mahrez, who won the award in 2016 during his time at Leicester, was on the original list of 34 which has now been trimmed to 10, and is named alongside some Premier League heavyweights.

To win the prize, Mahrez will have to overcome the likes of Sadio Mane, Alex Iwobi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and heavy favourite Mohamed Salah.

Mahrez, 27, is City’s club-record signing and after an adaptation period has begun to show more of the form that led to him being named the PFA Player of the Year for 2015-16 when he inspired Leicester to the Premier League title.

The list will be cut to three finalists and the winner will be announced on January 8 in Dakar, Senegal.

City have a history with this award after Yaya Touré won it four years running from 2011 to 2014 during his prime years at the Etihad Stadium.

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