Chipolopolo Boys skipper Rainford Kalaba has made the short list for the CAF Africa based African Player of the Year.
The 30 year old led TP Mazembe to CAF Confederations Cup triumph. The Mufulira native scored a brace in the final to take his tally to 7 goals in as many games and topped the goal scoring charts despite playing on the flanks.
He is up against Sundowns quartet of Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly, Hlompho Kekana, and goalkeeper Denis Onyango. Sundowns won the CAF Champions League.
This is the second time ‘Ba Mupa’ has been nominated for the award following the 2012 nominations. Stopilla Sunzu was also nominated.
Kalaba has been one of the most successful players on the continent. In addition to the Confederations Cup, he also has a CAF Champions League medal as well as an AFCON medal.
The top five in each category was decided by votes from the members of the Caf Media Committee, Caf Technical & Development Committee and half of the 20-member Panel of Experts.
For the final phase, votes from the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the 54 National Associations affiliated to Caf plus Associate Members, Reunion Island and Zanzibar, together with the other half of the 20-member Panel of Experts will be counted towards the determination of the eventual winners.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday, 5 January 2017.