Four Nigerians are included on the Confederation of African Football's (Caf) reduced shortlist of ten nominees for its 2013 Player of the Year award.
John Mikel Obi, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa all helped the Super Eagles win the Africa Cup of Nations in February.
The reigning Caf Player of the Year, Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast, is also in the running to retain his crown to add to the BBC award he won earlier in the week.
Egypt's Mohamed Aboutrika is on the reduced lists for both African Player of the Year and and the award for Africa-based footballer, which he won last year.
Villarreal’s Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche, Torino’s Moroccan midfielder Omar El Kaddouri and Cameroonian striker Vincent Aboubakar of Lorient were the African stars of the weekend in Europe.
All three hit braces as Uche also won a penalty in helping the yellow submarines thump Levante 3-0.
El Kaddouri was on target twice in Torino’s 4-1 win over Catania while Aboubakar’s two goals helped Lorient earn their first away win of the season, 4-0 at Evian.
Seydou Doumbia scored the only goal of the game in most famous Moscow derby, while Dame N'Doye netted in the other one.
Red Arrows came from behind to trounce Nchanga Rangers 3-1 in the Barclays Cup Final.
In what seemed to be an evenly matched game, both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half but it was Nchanga who came back more purposeful from the break.
Their push for a goal paid off when Daka finished off a beautiful move to place the ball beyond debutant Arrows goal minder Ken Mumba, who had a game to remember, in the 53rd minute.
Red Arrows did not sit back and substitute Lubinda Mundia who came in for Bruce Musakanya who was injured in the 1st half levelled five minutes later with an emphatic header that beat national team call up Toaster Nsabata.