Victor Moses, Asisiat Oshoala and Gernot Rohr Lead The Shortlists For The 2017 Caf Awards
Nigeria winger, Victor Moses, coach Gernot Rohr and Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala lead the nominations for the 2017 CAF Player of the Year Award.
Moses had been nominated for the award alongside Eagles teammate, William Troost-Ekong, but the defender was dropped from the whittled down list, leaving the Chelsea man and 10 others vying for the top football honour on the continent.
Two-time player of the Year, Oshoala, tops the five-woman shortlist for this year’s honour alongside South Africa’s Chrestina Kgatlana, Cameroon’s Gabrielle Aboudi, Zimbabwe’s Rutendo Makore and Malawi’s Tabitha Chawinga.
Oshoala helped Dalian Quanjian win the Chinese Women’s Super League title recently and has been a leading light in the women’s game on the continent.
The Eagles, who will be making a sixth World Cup appearance in Russia next year, have been nominated for the National Team of the Year crown alongside African champions Cameroon, Egypt, Zambia’s U-20 team and Mali’s U17 side.
Competing with Moses for the top honour are Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in-form Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Liepzig powerful midfielder Naby Keita and Liverpool wing star Sadio Mane.
Others are Cameroon’s Porto forward Vincent Aboubakar, Monaco’s Balde Keita, Feyenoord’s Karim Al Ahmadi, Porto’s Yacine Brahimi, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Denis Onyango and Lyon’s Bertrand Traore.
Moses will be hoping to be the first Nigerian to win the gong since Nwankwo Kanu in 1999, but will face great competition from rave of the moment Salah and his Liverpool teammate Mane.
After guiding the Eagles to the World Cup with a game to spare, Rohr faces competition for the Coach of the Year from Egypt coach Hector Cuper, Cameroon’s Hugo Broos, L’Hussein Amoutta of Wydad Athletic Club and TP Mazembe boss Mihayo Kazembe.
The awards gala has been scheduled to hold on January 4 in Accra, the Ghana capital.
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