Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o heads the list of nominees for the Confederation of African Football's 2003 Player of the Year award.
Eto'o is Mallorca's top striker
Eto'o, who plays for Real Mallorca in the Spanish La Liga, is tipped to succeed Senegal's El Hadji Diouf as holder of the crown.
He has established himself as Mallorca's top striker and also had a brilliant Confederations Cup in France last summer, helping Cameroon to reach the final.
Diouf's name is conspicuous by its absence from the 23-man list released by African football's governing authority on Wednesday.
In fact, Diouf and his two runners-up from last year - Ahmed Mido Hossam of Egypt and Senegal's Pape Bouba Diop - failed to make the shortlist.
Yet the good news for this trio is that the list is merely an indication of the players Caf has picked out as amongst the best of 2003, and is no constraint on whom members can vote for.
Tarek El Taeb of Libya is the only Africa-based player to be nominated by the Caf media and technical committees.
The midfielder was honoured for his performances during Libya's Nations Cup qualifying campaign.
The identity of the winner will be revealed at the Caf annual awards ceremony early next year.
Omar Tchomogo (Guingamp, France)
Moumouni Dagano (Guingamp, France)
Samuel Eto'o (Real Mallorca, Spain), Geremi Njitap (Chelsea, England)
Didier Drogba (Marseille, France), Aruna Dindane (Anderlecht, Belgium), Kolo Toure (Arsenal, England)
Ahmed Hassan (Besiktas, Turkey)
Samuel Osei Kuffour (Bayern Munich, Germany), Stephen Appiah (Juventus, Italy), Michael Essien (Lyon, France)
Dianbobo Balde (Celtic, Scotland)
Tarek El Taeb (Sfax, Libya)
Mahamadou Diarra (Lyon, France)
Naybet Noureddine ( Deportivo la Coruna, Spain), Jaoud Zairi (Sochaux, France)
Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton, England), Obafemi Martins (Inter Milan, Italy), Yakubu
Ayegbeni (Portsmouth, England)
Paul Kpaka (Genk, Belgium)
Stephan Pinnear (Ajax, Holland)
Hatem Trabelsi (Ajax, Holland)
Peter Ndlovu (Sheffield United, England)