The other players on the list are Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa, Pierre-Emer!ck Aubameyang of Gabon and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, who’s making the list for the 5th year in a row.
The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 18:00 GMT on 25 November to vote for their choice.
You can either vote via this page or by sending an SMS from your phone to +44 7786 20 20 08:
Text 1 for Pierre-Emer!ck Aubameyang
Text 2 for Victor Moses
Text 3 for John Mikel Obi
Text 4 for Jonathan Pitroipa
Or Text 5 for Yaya Toure
Standard international text rates apply, please check with your service provider. Texts are limited to one text per mobile phone number.
The winner will be announced on Monday, 2 December at 17:35 GMT on the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio and television programmes.
No player on this year’s shortlist, drawn up from votes by 44 journalists across Africa, has won the BBC award before and two – Pitroipa and Aubameyang – are the first nominees from their respective countries.