“I’m really surprised and grateful to be nominated,” said Basson.
“After my accident to still hear the good news is really a boost to my mental health and making me even more excited about next season.”
The trophy is given to the rider who, through their results, has contributed the most and raised awareness of cycling in Africa.
The winner will be selected by a jury chaired by five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault, as well as sports directors, coaches, African riders and African and European journalists.
Previous winners include Natnael Berhane (2012), Louis Meintjes (2013, 2017), Mekseb Debesay (2014), Daniel Teklehaimanot (2015), Tesfom Okubamariam (2016) and Jospeh Areruya (2018).
The results will be announced on December 18.
View the full list of nominees:
Gustav Basson (South Africa – TEG)
Daryl Impey (South Africa – Michelton-Scott)
Azzedine Lagab (Algeria – VIB Sports)
Youcef Reguigui (Algeria – Terengganu Cycling Team)
Manuel Antonio Dario (Angola – BAI Sicasal)
Bachirou Nikiema (Burkina Faso)
Clovis Kamzong (Cameroon – SNH Vélo Club)
Natnael Berhane (Eritrea – Cofidis)
Yakob Debesay (Eritrea)
Biniam Girmay (Eritrea)
Merhawi Kudus (Eritrea – Astana)
Isiaka Cisse (Ivory Coast)
El Mehdi Chokri (Morocco – Dimension Data)
Joseph Areruya (Rwanda – Delko Marseille)
Didier Munyaneza (Rwanda)