Nigerians feature in all categories as CAF releases women nominees for 2022 Awards 

Nigerians feature in all categories as CAF releases women nominees for 2022 Awards 
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There is prevalence of Nigeria in the three categories of CAF Awards for women footballers as list of nominees is released.

However, the relative dominance by Nigeria is waning.  While there are four Nigerians among the 30 nominees for the African Woman Footballer, South Africa has six.

Cameroon also rivals Nigeria with four nominees.

Emerging powerhouse, Morocco has three just like Ghana another former women football stronghold that is fast losing steam.

The prime category covers all players irrespective of where they are based. The four nominees from Nigeria include Asisat Oshoala who is gunning for a record setting fifth win of the award having won in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

She had also won the Youth Player Award in 2014. Among her compatriots jostling for the title in which she is the current holder are Rashedat Ajibade of Atletico Madrid, Chiamaka Nnadozie of Paris FC and Uchenna Kanu of Tigres UNNL.

In the category that deals with CAF clubs’ competition, two Nigerians – Gift Monday who moved from Rivers Angels to FC Robo and her former team mate, Maryann Ezenagu are listed among 20 others.

While two Nigerians club players are listed, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa have four just like Sekondi Hasaacas of Ghana and AS FAR of Morocco.

Malabo Kings of Equatorial  Guinea has three players while Nigeria, Wadi Delga of Egypt has two. AS Mande of Mali has a nominee.

There are 10 nominees for the Young Player of the Year. Nigeria has two players – Flourish Sebastine of Bayelsa Queens and Gift Monday formally of Rivers Angels who is having a second nomination in the CAF Awards.

The list will still be cut down as the award day approaches even as nominees for two other awards – National Team and Coach – are being awaited.

According to CAF, for the purpose of concluding a credible list, the performances at the ongoing Women’s AFCON will be taken into consideration in deciding on the nominees for the National Team and Coach of the Year. The winners of the respective category will be announced at the Awards Gala on 21 July 2022 in Rabat, Morocco.

A panel made up of technical experts, CAF legends and media representatives decided on the first list for the various categories.

The final list will be decided by a voting panel made up of CAF Technical Committee, media representatives, head coaches and captains of Member Associations and clubs involved at the group stage of the Interclub competitions.

The CAF Awards 2022 will be held ahead of the final of Africa’s flagship women’s competitions, TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2022 scheduled to take place between 02 July – 23 July 2022. The event will also coincide with the two-year anniversary of the launch of the CAF Women’s Football Strategy.

Nominees (in alphabetic order by Member Association)

Player of the Year (Women)

· Lesege Radiakanyo (Botswana & Double Action)

· Refilwe Tholakele (Botswana & Township Rollers)

· Rukiya Bizimana (Burundi & Etoile du matin)

· Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon & Internazionale Milano)

· Gabrielle Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moscow)

· Jeanette Yango (Cameroon & FC Fleury)

· Rose Bella (Cameroon & Trabzonspor)

· Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Alvaldsnes)

· Doris Boaduwaa (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas)

· Perpetual Agyekum (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas/Alvaldsnes)

· Sanaa Mssoudy (Morocco & AS FAR)

· Ghizlane Chebbak (Morocco & AS FAR)

· Fatima Tagnaout (Morocco & AS FAR)

· Zenatha Coleman (Namibia & Fenerbahce)

· Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

· Rasheedat Ajibade (Nigeria & Atletico Madrid)

· Chiamaka Nnadozie (Nigeria & Paris FC)

· Uchenna Kanu (Nigeria & Tigres UANL)

Andile Dlamini (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

· Bambanani Mbane (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

· Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Atletico Madrid)

· Jermaine Seoposenwe (South Africa & Sporting Clube de Braga)

· Refiloe Jane (South Africa & AC Milan)

· Linda Motlhalo (South Africa & Djurgardens IF)

· Odette Gnintegma (Togo & Raja Ain Harrouda)

· Mariem Houij (Tunisia & ALG Spor)

· Sabrine Ellouzi (Tunisia & Feyenoord)

· Fazila Ikwaput (Uganda & Dove FC)

· Racheal Kundananji (Zambia & SD Eibar)

· Grace Chanda (Zambia & BIIK Kazygurt)

Interclub Player of the Year (Women)

· Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns)

· Bambanani Mbanie (Mamelodi Sundowns)

· Zanele Nhlapho (Mamelodi Sundowns)

· Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns)

· Evelyn Badu (Sekondi Hasaacas/Alvaldsnes)

· Doris Boaduwaa (Sekondi Hasaacas)

· Janet Egyir (Sekondi Hasaacas)

· Perpetual Agyekum (Sekondi Hasaacas/Alvaldsnes)

· Fatima Zahra Dahmos (AS FAR)

· Ghizlane Chebbak (AS FAR)

· Sanaa Mssoudy (AS FAR)

· Fatima Tagnaout (AS FAR)

· Grace Mfwamba (Malabo Kings)

· Stephanie Gbogou (Malabo Kings)

· Rose Bella (Malabo Kings)

· Fatoumatta Dukureh (Wadi Degla)

· Hayama Abdellatif (Wadi Degla)

· Gift Monday (River Angels/FC Robo)

· Maryann Ezenagu (River Angels)

· Bassira Toure (AS Mande)

Young Player of the Year (Women)

· Rukiya Bizimana (Burundi & Etoile du Matin)

· Rediet Assresahagn (Ethiopia & Hawassa City FC)

· Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas/Alvaldsnes)

· Doris Boaduwaa (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas/Alvaldsnes)

· Yasmine Zouhir (Morocco & AS Saint-Etienne)

· Gift Monday (Nigeria & River Angels/FC Robo)

· Flourish Sebastine (Nigeria & Bayelsa Queens)

· Hapsatou Malado Diallo (Senegal & US Parcelles Assainies)

· Clara Luvanga (Tanzania & Yanga Princess)

· Fauzia Najemba (Uganda & BIIK Kazygurt)

Club of the Year (Women)

· Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

· Sekondi Hasaacas (Ghana)

· AS FAR (Morocco)

· Malabo Kings (Equatorial Guinea)

· Wadi Degla (Egypt)

· River Angels (Nigeria)

· AS Mande (Mali)

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