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Egypt coach Cuper did not vote for CAF Player of the Year Aubameyang

Mohamed Salah, Yaya Toure, Sadio Mane, Andre Ayew and Sofiane Feghouli were Egypt manager Hector Cuper's five choices for the African Player of the Year award

Omar Zaazou , Friday 8 Jan 2016
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Hector Cuper of Argentina Egypt (AP)
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Egypt manager Hector Cuper did not name 2015 African Player of the Year Pierre Eric Aubameyang on his five-player voting list, which saw the Argentine manager nominate Mohamed Salah as his first choice for the CAF award.

Gabon striker Aubameyang, who netted 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga games this season, was voted Africa's Player of the Year in Lagos on Thursday, denying Manchester City's Yaya Toure a fifth straight award.

Despite the stunning form of Aubameyang this year - which has seen him linked with big-money moves to Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool - the Argentinian coach did not seem impressed much by the 26-year-old.

As expected, Cuper named AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah as his first-choice for the CAF award, whereas Toure and Southampton's Sadio Mane were his second and third respectively.

Ghana's Andre Ayew, who came third in the poll, was named fourth by Cuper, and Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli trailed the ex-Valencia manager's list – with Aubameyang nowhere to be seen.

Aubameyang came first after earning 143 points in the coaches' voting, seven more than second-placed Toure, and 31 ahead of Swansea City striker Ayew.

In 2015, the Gabonese star registered 27 goals in as many games.

Dortmund are currently second in the Bundesliga standings, behind leaders Bayern Munich.

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