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The ABC of CAF Awards 2023: All you need to know!

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Black. Gold. 

These are the official colours of the CAF Awards 2023 set to be held at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, December 11.

Africa’s most esteemed sporting awards will be draped in this fine combination of elegance, power, royalty and success as a celebration of the continent’s finest.

Marrakech

Known for its red clay walls across the city, this touristic and scenic city on the foothills of the famous Atlas Mountains is the home of the CAF Awards 2023. A remarkable story of resilience and a never-give-up attitude from a people that survived a tragic earthquake this September killing almost 3,000 people.

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As Marrakech hosts this year’s celebration of African talent, her people are receiving the world with great warmth and a kindred spirit ready to embrace the crème de la crème of African Football.

How to Watch

The CAF Awards 2023 will be broadcast live across the world with the national broadcasters in Algeria (EPTv), Côte d’Ivoire (RTI), Ghana (GBC), Morocco (Arryadia), Rwanda (RBA), South Africa (SABC) and Uganda (UBC) as well as OnTime Sport in Egypt.

New World TV will have the Free to Air and Pay TV rights in Togo as well as BeIN Sport that will be the go-to channel in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa as well as in the USA.

Canal+ has the rights for the CAF Awards 2023 in France and Francophone Africa.

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List of former winners in years past

As we look ahead at the CAF Awards 2023 on Monday, here is a list of past winners that were recognized for their excellence on the pitch and have since become an inspiration in their countries, on the continent and across the world.

Women’s Player of the Year

  • 2001Mercy Akide (Nigeria)
  • 2002Alberta Sackey (Ghana)
  • 2003Adjoa Bayor (Ghana)
  • 2004Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria)
  • 2005 Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria)
  • 2006Cynthia Uwak (Nigeria)
  • 2007Cynthia Uwak (Nigeria)
  • 2008 Noko Matlou (South Africa)
  • 2009 Not awarded
  • 2010Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria)
  • 2011Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria)
  • 2012Genoveva Anonmam (Equatorial Guinea)
  • 2013Not awarded
  • 2014Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
  • 2015Gaëlle Enganamouit (Cameroon)
  • 2016Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
  • 2017Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
  • 2018Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa)
  • 2019Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19 
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)

Men’s Player of the Year 

  • 1992Abedi Ayew Pele (Ghana)
  • 1993Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria)
  • 1994 Emmanuel Amunike (Nigeria)
  • 1995 George Weah (Liberia)
  • 1996 Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)
  • 1997 Victor Ikpeba (Nigeria)
  • 1998 Mustapha Hadji (Morocco)
  • 1999 Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)
  • 2000 Patrick Mboma (Cameroon)
  • 2001 El-Hadji Diouf (Senegal)
  • 2002 El Hadji Diouf (Senegal)
  • 2003 Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • 2004 Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • 2005 Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • 2006 Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2007 Frederic Kanoute (Mali)
  • 2008 Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo)
  • 2009 Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2010 Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • 2011 Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2012 Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2013 Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2014 Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2015 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
  • 2016 Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
  • 2017 Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
  • 2018Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
  • 2019Sadio Mane (Senegal)
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022Sadio Mane (Senegal)

Men’s Football Coach of the Year

  • 2000 Cecil Jones Attuquayefio (Ghana)
  • 2001 Bruno Metsu (France)
  • 2002Bruno Metsua (France)
  • 2003Kadiri Ikhana (Nigeria)
  • 2004Okey Emordi (Nigeria)
  • 2005 Stephen Keshi (Nigeria)
  • 2006Manuel José (Portugal)
  • 2007 Yemi Tella (Nigeria)
  • 2008 Hassan Shehata (Egypt)
  • 2009 Sellas Tetteh (Ghana)
  • 2010 Milovan Rajevac (Serbia)
  • 2011Harouna Doula Gabde (Niger)
  • 2012Hervé Renard (France)
  • 2013Stephen Keshi (Nigeria)
  • 2014Kheïreddine Madoui (Algeria)
  • 2015Hervé Renard (France)
  • 2016Pitso Mosimane (South Africa)
  • 2017Héctor Cúper (Argentina)
  • 2018Hervé Renard (France)
  • 2019Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022Aliou Cissé (Senegal)

 

Women’s Football Coach of the Year

  • 2018Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
  • 2019 Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

 

Best Young Player of the Year

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  • 2015Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)
  • 2016Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)
  • 2017Patson Daka (Zambia)
  • 2018 Achraf Hakimi (Morocco)
  • 2019 Achraf Hakimi (Morocco)
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022 Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal)

Best Young Player of the Year (Woman)

  • 2014 Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
  • 2015 NOT Awarded
  • 2016 Not Awarded
  • 2017 Not Awarded
  • 2018 Not Awarded
  • 2019 Not Awarded
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022Evelyn Badu (Ghana)

Best Local Player

  • 2003Dramane Traoré (Mali)
  • 2004Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)
  • 2005 Mohamed Barakat (Egypt)
  • 2006Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)
  • 2007Amine Chermiti (Tunisia)
  • 2008Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)
  • 2009Trésor Mputu (DR Congo)
  • 2010Ahmed Hassan (Egypt)
  • 2011Oussama Darragi (Tunisia)
  • 2012Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)
  • 2013Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)
  • 2014Firmin Mubele (DR Congo)
  • 2015Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania)
  • 2016Denis Onyango (Uganda)
  • 2017 Not Available
  • 2018 Not Available
  • 2019Youcef Belaïli (Algeria)
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022Mohamed El-Shenawy (Egypt)

 

Best Local Player (Woman)

2022 Evelyn Badu (Ghana)

 

Goalkeeper of the Year

  • 2001 Essam El-Hadary (Egypt)
  • 2002 Tony Sylva (Senegal)
  • 2003 Idriss Kameni (Cameroon)
  • 2004 Ali Boumnijel (Tunisia)
  • 2005 Tony Sylva (Senegal)
  • 2006  Essam El-Hadary (Egypt)
  • 2007  Essam El-Hadary (Egypt)
  • 2008  Essam El-Hadary (Egypt)

National Team of  the Year (Men)

  • 2010 Ghana
  • 2011 Botswana
  • 2012 Zambie
  • 2013 Nigeria
  • 2014 Algeria
  • 2015 Côte d’Ivoire
  • 2016 Uganda
  • 2017Egypt
  • 2018 Mauritania
  • 2019Algeria
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022 Senegal

National Team of the Year (Women)

  • 2010 Nigeria
  • 2011Cameroon
  • 2012 Equatorial Guinea
  • 2013 Not Awarded
  • 2014Nigeria
  • 2015Cameroon
  • 2016 Nigeria
  • 2017 South Africa
  • 2018Nigeria
  • 2019 Cameroon
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022 South Africa

Club of the Year (Men)

  • 2001Kaizer Chiefs
  • 2002 Zamalek
  • 2003Enyimba
  • 2004 Enyimba
  • 2005 Al Ahly
  • 2006Al Ahly
  • 2007Étoile du Sahel
  • 2008Al Ahly
  • 2009TP Mazembe
  • 2010TP Mazembe
  • 2011ES Tunis
  • 2012Al Ahly
  • 2013Al Ahly
  • 2014 ES Sétif
  • 2015 TP Mazembe
  • 2016Mamelodi Sundowns
  • 2017Wydad Casablanca
  • 2018 Not Awarded
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022Wydad Casablanca

Club of the Year (Women)

  • 2022Mamelodi Sundowns

Goal of the Year

  • 2001Zoubier Baya (Tunisia)
  • 2002Pape Bouba Diop (Senegal)
  • 2003 Lesley Manyathela (South Africa)
  • 2004Benni MacCarth (South Africa)
  • 2018Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa)
  • 2019Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
  • 2020 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2021 Not awarded due to COVID-19
  • 2022Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal)

-Cafonline

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.