The 2017 CAF Awards, now sponsored by AITEO Group, will hold in Accra on Thursday.

From the inaugural Awards in 1992, there have been 16 winners including four Nigerians (one of them, Rashidi Yekini - 1993 now of blessed memory), Amunike 1994, Kanu 1996, Ikepba 1997 and Kanu again in 1999.

CAF has invited all past winners of the awards to the latest edition’s ceremony.

Bounce Sports takes a look at three nominees that most likely will emerge winners of their categories.

Muhammed Salah

Having won the BBC Africa Player of the Year in December, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah could make it a double by winning the prestigious CAF African Player of the Year.

He is unarguably the best African player in the world currently, scoring 23 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season.

The Egyptian will be contesting against Gabon’s Aubameyang and Sadio Mane of Senegal.

Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr could clinch the Best National Team coach category having led Nigeria to finish top in a 2018 World Cup qualifier with one game to spare.

Rohr alongside Egypt handler, Hector Cuper and CAF Champions League winning coach L'Hussein Amoutta of Wydad Athletic will slug it out for the tacticians’ top honours.

With Nigeria being the first African team to qualify, Rohr could beat closest rival Amoutta to the prize.

Asisat Oshoala

The Nigerian striker won the 2017 trophy with her club Dalian Quanjian F.C. in the Chinese Women's Super League.

Oshoala won the African Women’s Player of the Year in 2016 and stands to defend her title in Accra.

Oshoala will slog it out against Chrestina Kgatlana (South Africa) and Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon) for the Women’s Player of the Year award.

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