New African Soccer has announced a bigger than usual shortlist for the September edition of the English Premier League’s African Player of the Month. According to a statement released by ‘Tunde Adelakun - CEO and Awards Director, this was due to the continued stunning performances by Africans in the League in the month of September.

“Africans hit the ground running in the Premier League in August, and although Andre Ayew won it, many performances by Africans were worthy of note and mention. This month has not been different,” Adelakun said, while revealing that Leicester City’s Royad Mahrez from Algeria makes a return to the top performers chart this month.

“We have a shortlist of five players this month, because we have not been able to separate our players in terms of brilliance this month. The standard has been that high” Adelakun added.

Joining Mahrez, who has netted 5 goals this season, only bettered by his club mate Jamie Vardy, are West Ham’s Victor Moses, Watford’s Odion Ighalo, Sebastian Basing from Norwich and Mame Biram Diouf from Stoke City.

The statement goes on to applaud the impact of all Africans in the Leagues worldwide this far, stating that “if our guys continue this way, and can take this kind of form into international football, Africa should be world beaters in football very soon”.

The New African Soccer Awards are given based on votes from members of the African media and followers on social media, and the winner of September’s award will be announced live on Africa’s first sports channel in Europe, Ben TV (Sky Channel 182) on Saturday on Sport Tonight.