ALEX IWOBI CRASHES OUT OF AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR AWARD

ALEX IWOBI CRASHES OUT OF AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR AWARD

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Alex Iwobi, the last man standing among the trio of Nigerian footballers initially short listed among 33 others for the 2018 African Footballers of the Year has been dropped as CAF on New Year Day announced the final three.

The finalists are current holder, Mohamed Salah, former winner and Iwobi’s club-mate at Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Salah’s team mate at Liverpool, Sadio Mane of Senegal. Incidentally, the trio were also the finalists at the 2017 awards.

When the initial 34-man list was done, Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo were in the race along with Iwobi.

The former two dropped out when the list was reduced to 10 before Iwobi became one of the seven chalked out for the final field of three.

 But in the women’s category, Nigeria has two candidates – Asisat Oshoala the reigning queen and Francisca Ordega. Both have South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana to contend with.

All the three women footballers are based outside the continents. While Oshoala plays for China’s Dilian Quanjian, Ordega is featuring for Washington Spirit in the US.

Kgatlana also plays in the US, but for Houston Dash. The Award Ceremony holds on Tuesday January 8 on the slave-trade island of Gorée, two kilometres off the Atlantic Ocean coast of Dakar the capital city of Senegal. 

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