Edouard Mendy has been nominated for the 2022 African Player of the Year award.
The CAF, the governing body of African football, nominated the Chelsea goalkeeper for the award. Mendy, the sole goalkeeper named on the shortlist, has a chance to make history by becoming the first goalkeeper to win the award since it was established in 1992.
The 30-year-old experienced another successful season in 2021/22 for club and country after winning the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award this year. Mendy had a key role in Senegal’s victory in the Africa Cup of Nations in addition to winning the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea, making 49 appearances, and keeping 23 clean sheets across all competitions with the Blues.
Mendy is one of ten players on the shortlist, along with Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain), Karl Toko Ekambi, Naby Keita, and Mohamed Salah (both of Liverpool), Sebastien Haller (Ajax), and Vincent Aboubacar (Al Nassr) (Lyon).
The Chelsea goalkeeper wants to join Didier Drogba, who won it twice in 2006 and 2009, as the second Chelsea player to do so. During his time at Chelsea, Michael Essien was also ranked in the top three five times, and John Mikel Obi finished second in 2013.
Following a vote by CAF officials, media, and the coaches and captains of African international and elite club teams, the winner will be revealed during the CAF awards ceremony in Morocco on Thursday, July 21.