Forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have again made the shortlist for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year award.
This is the second year running the trio have battled it out for the prestigious prize.
Egypt striker Salah claimed the honour last year and will be favourite again, hoping to become the fourth player to win begack-to-back titles.
Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure have earlier achieved the feat.
Liverpool team mate Mane from Senegal has been getting closer to the prize after finishing third in the voting in 2016 and second last year.
Gabon forward Aubameyang made the final three for the fifth time in succession, equalling the record set by Toure and former Ghana international midfielder Michael Essien.
His only victory came in 2015 when he beat Toure and Ghanaian Andre Ayew to the prize.
The award is voted for by the national team coaches and captains of CAF's 56 member-associations.
The winner for 2018 will be announced in Dakar, Senegal on Jan. 8.
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Nominees for CAF Awards 2018
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