Diouf waits on African honour
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Senegal ace Diouf is on a shortlist of three for the prestigious award and faces competition from compatriot Papa Bouba Diop and Egyptian starlet Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam.
Diouf, who was recently at the centre of controversy following a shameful spitting incident in Liverpool's Uefa Cup tie at Celtic, will be hoping he picks up Africa's top prize to improve his mood.
The winner will be announced in a spectacular ceremony in Johannesburg on Tuesday and there are 11 honours up for grabs.
Mido, who is on loan at Celta Vigo from Ajax, is also in the running for the Young Player of the Year title, along with Arsenal ace Kolo Toure.
Key category nominees:
Footballer of the Year: El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool/Senegal), Papa Bouba Diop (Lens/Senegal), Mido (Ajax/Egypt)
Young Footballer of the Year: Mido, Kolo Toure (Arsenal/Ivory Coast), Steven Pienaar (Ajax/South Africa)
Goalkeeper of the Year: Essam Al Hadari (Egypt), Alioum Boukar (Cameroon), Tony Sylva (Senegal)
Coach of the Year: Oscar Fullone (Wydad Casablanca), Bruno Metsu (Senegal), Idrissa Traore (ASEC Abidjan)