London - New African Soccer, organisers of the English
Premier League African Player of the Month awards, have announced its shortlist
for the October version of the initiative.
A release put out by Awards Director, Tunde Adelakun named
Southampton's Senegalese forward Sadio Mane, Watford's Odion Ighalo of Nigeria
and Manchester City's Ivorien midfielder Yaya Toure as the three top men to
battle it out for the October crown.
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The statement extolled the continued impact of Africans in
the Premier League this season so far. Adelakun noted the unrelenting
performance of previous winners, which showed that their award recognition was
no fluke. "Riyad Mahrez has been a revelation in this League and he keeps
getting better and better. We have also seen great showings by our August winner
Andre Ayew and his brother Jordan who seems to be settling down now, albeit in
challenging circumstances in his club."
As normal, fans, African football followers and journalists
are expected to cast their votes for their choice of the eventual winner, which
will be announced very soon.
Nigerian international forward Ighalo has scored seven goals
in the EPL this season, including a weekend brace against West Ham United.
Ighalo scored for Nigeria in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifier against Chad in June and was also on target in an international
friendly against Cameroon's Indomitable Lions in Brussels in October.For
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