Diouf in African top three
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Senegalese ace has been joined on the shortlist by international team-mate Pape Bouba Diop and Egyptian sensation Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam.
Diouf has a tough act to follow if he is to lift the crown again, as only Ghanaian legend Abedi Pele has won it twice in succession.
Pele went on to lift the award for an unprecedented third occasion in 1993.
George Weah won it in 1994 and 1995, but the Liberian had to share the award on the first occasion.
Diouf had a superb World Cup for Senegal, but has had a fitful start to his Liverpool career.
Lens star Diop has been out injured for some time, so Diouf`s main competitor could be Mido.
The youngster has overcome a turbulent beginning to his career in Holland, and is now an integral member of Ronald Koeman`s Ajax squad.
The trio were whittled down from a list of 50, with the winner due to be unveiled at a prestigious ceremony in Johannesburg on March 31.