Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri makes 30-man shortlist for 2016 African Footballer of the Year award

Wahbi Khazri takes on the West Bromwich Albion defence. Picture by Frank Reid.

Wahbi Khazri takes on the West Bromwich Albion defence. Picture by Frank Reid.

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Wahbi Khazri has made the 30-man shortlist for the 2016 African Footballer of the Year award.

The winger signed for the Black Cats in January, arriving from French side Bordeaux for £9million.

The Tunisian international played a key role in last season's successful survival bid under Sam Allardyce, scoring against Manchester United and Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

His performances have earned him a spot among the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious award.

2016 African Footballer of the Year award nominees:

1. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City) 2. El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagreb) 3. Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City) 4. Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon & Antalyaspor) 5. Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon & Lorient) 6. Serge Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire & PSG) 7. Eric Bailly (Cote d'Ivoire & Manchester United) 8. Yao Kouasi Gervais 'Gervinho' (Cote d'Ivoire & Hebei Fortune) 9. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma) 10. Mohamed El Neny (Egypt & Arsenal) 11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund) 12. Andre Ayew (Ghana & West Ham) 13. Victor Wanyama (Kenya & Tottenham) 14. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club) 15. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus) 16. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax) 17. John Mikel Obi (Nigeria & Chelsea) 18. Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City) 19. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Leicester City) 20. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal) 21. Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo & Everton) 22. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool) 23. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli) 24. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns) 25. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs) 26. Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk) 27. Aymen Abdennour Tunisia & Valencia) 28. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Sunderland) 29. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns) 30. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns).