Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigerian Football Federation, has expressed his surprise in the nominee list for the CAF African Player Of The Year.

Nigerian star wing back Victor Moses was excluded from the top 3, a decision many see as surprising.

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were named as the three finalists for the award.

“I’m not happy because I feel that Moses should be part of the last three,” Pinnick told Citi Sports.

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“The only reason why [Riyad] Mahrez won the award last year was because of what he did with Leicester [City].

“And Moses helped Chelsea to win the league; played in the FA Cup final; and helped Nigeria qualify for the World Cup. So I wonder why.”

“I’m surprised. Maybe we should look at other criteria either than coaches who already have their mindset about who they want to vote for,” Pinnick added.

“Tell me what Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did last year to deserve a place ahead of Moses. Aubameyang should not be on that list. He’s struggling with [Borussia] Dortmund.”