The Lille star joins the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Riyad Mahrez on the 30-man list of candidates for this year's award

Mohamed Salah is joined by Victor Osimhen, Percy Tau and Wilfred Ndidi on the preliminary list of nominees for the 2019 African Player of the Year award.Salah beat Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the individual honour in 2018 after impressing for both club and country.

He faces competition for this year’s diadem from the young Lille forward who has been in fine scoring form since his move from Royal Charleroi Sporting Club.