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Aubameyang, Yaya Toure and Ayew on shortlist for African Player of the Year

Borussia Dortmund's Gabon international faces stiff competition for Africa's top football award from Swansea City's Andre Ayew of Ghana and Ivory Coast stalwart Yaya Toure who plays for Manchester City.

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is among the main candidates to be named as Africa's Footballer of the Year.

But having been named Africa's top player for four years running, Manchester City's Yaya Toure remains the firm favorite after collecting the BBC's African Footballer of the Year prize. Despite declining club form, the 32-year-old was excellent at the African Cup of Nations in January, leading the Ivory Coast to their second title in Equatorial Guinea.

Aubameyang though will fancy his chances of winning the title for the first time. The French-born striker has been in lethal form for Borussia Dortmund with 18 league goals in 16 matches and 40 goals in all competitions through 2015. Swansea's Andre Ayew, a Ghanaian international forward, is the third candidate on the shortlist.

The winner will be decided by national team head coaches in the confederation on January 7, 2016.