CAF has released its five-man shortlist for the 2016 African Player of the Year award and the most notable omission happens to be Manchester City star man Yaya Toure.

The 33-year-old Ivorian midfielder has been on the list for the past consecutive six years and has made the final three-man list in the last three years, winning the continental gong four times.

However, having just returned to favour with his club, Yaya made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Saturday, scoring twice in City’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile for this year, Algeria and Leicester City stars Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani as well as Senegal and Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane, Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Roma winger Mohamed Salah are the last five men vying for the honour.

Aubameyang is the defending champion and this year’s winner will be announced on January 5 at a swanky event in Lagos State Nigeria.

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