Mohamed Elneny’s form for club and country in 2022 has earned him a place on the 30-man shortlist for the CAF Player of the Year award.

The midfielder was central to Egypt’s run to the final of the African Cup of Nations in January – they ultimately lost to Senegal on penalties – and proved his worth for Arsenal, providing backup to Thomas Partey, who isn’t nominated, in the closing months of last season’s Premier League.

Elneny has since been awarded a new contract at the Emirates having previously looked a nailed on candidate to leave.

While it’s fair to say the 29-year-old is a long shot for a place on the CAF POTY podium, he can take pride at being nominated alongside some stellar names.

Nice one, Mo.

2022 CAF POTY Nominees

Riyad Mahrez
Bertrand Traore
Blati Toure
Edmund Tapsoba
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa
Karl Toko Ekambi
Vincent Aboubacar
Youssouf M’Changama
Franck Kessie
Sebastien Haller
Mohamed Abdelmonem
Mohamed Elneny
Mohamed Salah
Mohamed El Shenawy
Musa Barrow
Naby Keita
Aliou Dieng
Hamari Traore
Yves Bissouma
Achraf Hakimi
Sofiane Boufal
Yahya Jabrane
Yassine Bounou
Moses Simon
Edouard Mendy
Kalidou Koulibaly
Nampalys Mendy
Sadio Mane
Saliou Ciss
Ali Maaloul