The list was was arrived at following the whittling down of an 11-man shortlist announced in November.
Last year’s winner Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Leicester City was omitted from the original list of nominees.
In the female category, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala, Chrestina Kgatlana of South Africa and Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene of Cameroon are the nominees. Women’s national team of the year nominees are Ghana U-20, Nigeria U-20 and South Africa U-20 teams have been nominated.
For coach of the year, Gernot Rohr (Nigeria), Hector Cuper (Egypt) and L’Hussein Amoutta of Wydad Casablanca are the nominees.