Oshoala on line for a fifth CAF Award…but has to be ground to win

Oshoala on line for a fifth CAF Award…but has to be ground to win
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Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala could be on line for a record fifth success in the CAF Award for the African woman player of the year.

She has made the final cut of three players for the event slated to hold this Thursday in Morocco.

But she will be required to be on ground to be eligible as a winner.

Oshoala since the injury she had in Nigeria’s opening match with South Africa left for Barcelona to receive treatment at her club.

Since 2007 edition held in Benin Republic in 2008, no person had won the award in absentia. In fact at the 2007 edition, Cote d’Ivoire’s Didier Drogba was tipped to be the winner but was relegated to the third position owing to his absence. Mali’s Frédéric Oumar Kanouté was then given the award.

The last player to be given in absentia was Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o at the 2005 edition.

Nominated along with Oshoala are Ajara Nchout Njoya of Cameroon and  Internazionale Milano and Grace Chanda of Zambia who also plays for BIIK Kazygurt.

Asisat Oshoala’s absence may likely pave way for Cameroon’s Ajara Njoya.

In the men’s category, former winners’ Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of Egypt and Senegal will have to battle it out with Senegal shot stopper Edouard Mendy, also a new comer in the three-men list.

Full list of top 3 nominees (in alphabetical order); 

Player of the Year (Women)

Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon & Internazionale Milano)

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

Grace Chanda (Zambia & BIIK Kazygurt)

Player of the Year (Men)

Edouard Mendy (Senegal & Chelsea)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Sadio Mane (Senegal & Bayern Munich)

Interclub Player of the Year (Women)

Andile Dlamini (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Bambanani Mbanie (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns) 

Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes) 

Interclub Player of the Year (Men)

Achraf Dari (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)

Aliou Dieng (Mali & Al Ahly)

Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)

Young Player of the Year (Women)

Doris Boaduwaa (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies)

Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)

Yasmine Zouhir (Morocco & AS Saint-Etienne)

Young Player of the Year (Men) 

Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia & Manchester United)

Karim Konate (Cote d’Ivoire & ASEC/RB Salzburg)

Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal & Tottenham Hotspur)

Coach of the Year (Women)

Bruce Mwape (Zambia)

Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Jerry Tshabalala (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Reynald Pedros (Morocco)

Coach of the Year (Men)

Aliou Cisse (Senegal)

Carlos Queiroz (Egypt)

Walid Regragui (Wydad Athletic Club)

Club of the Year (Women)

AS FAR (Morocco)

Hasaacas Ladies (Ghana)

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

Club of the Year (Men)

Al Ahly (Egypt)

RS Berkane (Morocco)

Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)

National Team of the Year (Men) 

Cameroon

Egypt

Senegal

National Team of the Year (Women) 

Due to the absence of a major women’s competition during the period under review, the Organising Team for the CAF Awards 2022 has reviewed the selection process for this important category. The TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Morocco will be factored as one of the criterion in deciding a winner befitting of the status of the award and women’s football in general. The winner will be announced on 23 July 2022 during the final match of the Women’s AFCON.

Goal of the Year

Gabadinho Mhango (Malawi & Orlando Pirates)

Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal & Simba)

Zouhair El Moutaraji (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)

CAF Awards 2022, CAF has revealed the top three (3) for all the women and men categories ahead of the much-awaited Awards Gala on Thursday, 21 July 2022, in Rabat, Morocco.

The Awards will be held in Rabat, Morocco on 21 July 2022 at 20h00 local time. (19h00 GMT). 

The top three list is from the list of nominees previously revealed by CAF in both men and women categories. 

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