Today, Thursday, the Confederation of African Football revealed the final list of candidates for the Best Player in Africa award.
The final list was known, with the presence of Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi, Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the English Liverpool striker, in addition to the Nigerian Victor Osimhen, the Italian Napoli striker.
The absence of Yassine Bounou from the final list sparked a lot of controversy, despite his great brilliance with the Moroccan national team in the World Cup, while leading his former team Seville to win the European League title.
A number of people interested in sports affairs expected, months ago, that Bono would win the award, but the latter found himself excluded from the list.
Yassin Bounou is performing wonderfully this season, along with his team, Al Hilal, in the Saudi Roshen League.
The Moroccan international kept his clean sheet for the ninth time in the league, which contributed to achieving a number of victories for Al Hilal.
A number of clubs were unable to register in the Moroccan international net, including Al-Raed, Al-Ettifaq, Al-Shabab, Al-Akhdood, Al-Khaleej, Al-Fateh, Al-Taawoun, Al-Hazm and Al-Nasr.
Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou kept a clean sheet 11 times out of 16 matches in various tournaments this season.
Yacine Bounou conceded only 6 goals, kept a clean sheet in 11 matches, and made 37 successful saves, achieving a success rate of 86 percent.
Yassine Bounou was ranked third in the ranking of the best goalkeeper in the world for the year 2023, while he came in 13th place in the world in the ranking of the Ballon d’Or award by “France Football” magazine.