The African Football Confederation (CAF) on Friday unveiled a 25-man shortlist for the prize of African Footballer of the Year for 2013.
Two Ghanaians, Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah of Juventus made the list.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has won the award in each of the last two years and winning it for a third consecutive year would see him match the achievement of Samuel Eto'o, winner in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Eto'o, now of Chelsea, has won the award four times overall but is not nominated this time.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 9.
Nominees for African Footballer of the Year award:
Ahmed Musa (NGR/CSKA Moscow/RUS), Asamoah Gyan (GHA/Al Ain/UAE), Dame N’Doye (SEN/Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Didier Drogba (CIV/Galatasaray/TUR), Emmanuel Emenike (NGR/Fenerbahce/TUR), Islam Slimani (ALG/Sporting Lisbon/POR), John Obi Mikel (NGR/Chelsea/ENG), Jonathan Pitroipa (BUR/Rennes/FRA), Kevin Constant (GUI/AC Milan/ITA), Kwadwo Asamoah (GHA/Juventus/ITA), Luis Carlos Almada Soares 'Platini' (CPV/Omonia Nicosia/CYP), Mehdi Benatia (MAR/Roma/ITA), Mohamed Abou Trika (EGY/Al Ahly/EGY), Mohamed Salah (EGY/Basel/SUI), Nicolas Nkoulou (CAM/Marseille/FRA), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB/Borussia Dortmund/GER), Ryan Mendes (CPV/Lille/FRA), Saladin Said (ETH/Wadi Degla/EGY), Seydou Keita (MAL/Dalian Aerbin/CHN), Sofiane Feghouli (ALG/Valencia/ESP), Sunday Mba (NGR/Warri Wolves/NGR), Victor Wanyama (KEN/Southampton/ENG), Vincent Enyeama (NGR/Lille/FRA), Gervinho (CIV/Roma/ITA), Yaya Toure (CIV/Manchester City/ENG)