Vote for Africa's Sports Star of 2017

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There have been many memorable sporting performances in 2017, and once again African stars played their part in capturing the imagination.

Be it the continent's finest dominating opposition on the football fields, to track and field athletes shining brightly on the biggest of stages, or those holding their own in American-dominated sports, it's been a year to remember.

KweséESPN selected 10 of 2017's finest (either born on the continent or competing under an African flag), and want you to vote for the best of the lot. The winner will be announced on 27 December.

Here then, are the candidates:

Nelson Agholor (Nigeria - American football)
Agholor of the Philadelphia Eagles is enjoying a career-best year for the best team in the NFL this season. The Lagos-born wide receiver endured a difficult rookie season in 2015 and continued to struggle the next year. That made the 2017 NFL season a make-or-break one, and he got down to business from week one in which he caught six passes for 86 yards and one touchdown. He and the Eagles have not looked back since ...

Joel Embiid (Cameroon - basketball)
Embiid has become a household name in Philadelphia, flirting with popularity levels once reserved for the likes of Allen Iverson and Rocky. Sport Illustrated's recognition of him as the 'Rising Star' of sports speaks volumes of the 23-year-old Cameroonian. Having sat out almost two seasons through injury, he has performed excellently in almost all of the Philadelphia 76ers' games this season, and is leading the squad in points scored and rebounds grabbed.

Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya - marathon)
Kipchoge stretched his marathon-winning run to seven on the trot when he claimed his second Berlin title in late September, but as impressive was his effort in trying to break the elusive 2-hour marathon mark, as part of a challenge organised by his footwear sponsors in May. He missed the target by 25 seconds.

Caster Semenya (South Africa - 800m/1500m)
Semenya remained unbeaten at 800m all season on her way to retaining her world title at the distance (running a personal best; the eighth-fastest time ever to do so), and adding a 1500m bronze medal at London 2017. She also won the IAAF Golden League final in Zurich to add to her 2017 honours.

Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor (Kenya - cross-country/marathon)
Kamworor would have aimed to retain his world cross-country title as his main goal of the season, and he promptly did so in March despite the best efforts of his rivals. To show his cross-over credentials, the reigning half-marathon world champion then won his first 42.2km race - the New York Marathon - in November to cap off an excellent year.

Luvo Manyonga (South Africa - long jump)
Manyonga was a surprise medallist at Rio 2016, but in 2017 he was the dominant long-jumper, remaining unbeaten throughout the year, including winning gold at London 2017 and being the only African field athlete to win their event in the IAAF Diamond League finals.

Victor Moses (Nigeria - football)
A hamstring injury suffered in October soured his end to the year, but the Chelsea wing-back - more 'wing' than 'back' - has many reasons to look back on 2017 with pride and satisfaction. Back at Chelsea after loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham, Moses was a revelation on the right as the Blues reclaimed the Premiership title. He has also been a key man in Nigeria's successful bid to reach the next year's World Cup in Russia.

Hellen Obiri (Kenya - 5000m)
After finishing second in the 5 000m at Rio 2016, Obiri was the outstanding female 5 000m runner in 2017. She set a new national record in the Golden Gala in June before beating Alamaz Ayana to gold at the World Championships in London. She also won the IAAF Golden League 5 000m final in Brussels.

Mohamed Salah (Egypt - football)
Let go by Chelsea in 2014, Salah found his feet at Roma to earn a move back to the Premier League when Liverpool paid a club record fee for the wing-forward. The initial €42m fee already looks a steal as he continues to score more frequently than any Reds forward since Luis Suarez. He has been Egypt's star performer as they qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990, was in the CAF Team of the Tournament at the 2017 Afcon in Gabon, and was recently named BBC African Footballer of Year.

Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa - 400m/200m)
Van Niekerk comfortably retained his 400m world title at London 2017, but showed that he's no one-trick pony by claiming a bronze in the 200m and taking another world record off Michael Johnson when he ran a new 300m best in late June.