The shortlist also includes Liverpool bound Guinean midfielder - Rasen Ballsport Leipzig's Naby Keita, Borussia Dortmund's Gabonese attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigerian winger turned wing-back, Victor Moses of Premier League champions Chelsea.
The BBC will announce the award victor on December 11, 2017, after collating votes from fans around the world.
The nominees were decided by Africa-based journalists and coaches and BBC staff.
Both Salah and Mane have been in great form for the Reds this season, with Salah making an instant impact since joining from Roma in the Summer.
Mane has been a revelation since signing for Liverpool last season.
Mane scored 13 goals for Liverpool in the 2016-17 season- and that's after missing the last two months of the campaign due to injury- and was instrumental in helping Senegal qualify for the World Cup.
The winger won the English Premier League with Chelsea last season, also leading Nigeria to the World Cup in Russian Federation.
Moses was reborn under coach Antonio Conte, who spotted qualities that previous Chelsea managers hadn't, as he converted into a right wing-back with natural attacking instincts and defensive diligence.
Victor Moses equally played a great role as Nigeria came the first country from africa to qualify for 2018 world cup in Russian Federation.
Mo Salah was King of the Pharaohs in 2017 - scoring a dramatic stoppage-time penalty against Congo to fire Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990 while also having a hand in four of the North Africans' five goals as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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