The 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards will take center stage on Tuesday, January 8, in Dakar, Senegal.
Men and Women who have done their respective nations and club sides proud have been nominated into different categories.
Coaches of different teams are not left out of getting their rewards as well as young and promising players of the round leather game.
The categories of the awards will be:
- Youth Player of the Year
- Men’s Coach of the Year
- Women’s Coach of the Year
- Women’s National Team of the Year
- Women's Player of the Year
- African Player of the Year
From the list, only four categories have Nigeria's representatives in contention which includes Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega for women's best player, Wilfred Ndidi for youth player, Super Falcons for best female team and Thomas Dennerby for female coach of the year.
However the highlight of the award ceremony will be the African Footballer of the Year category which will be closely contested between Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal's Sadio Mane.
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Below is a comprehensive list of the categories and nominees
Youth Player of the Year: Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmunmd), Franck Kessie (Cote d’Ivoire & AC Milan), Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria & Leicester City)
Men’s Coach of the Year: Aliou Cisse (Senegal), Herve Renard (Morocco), Moine Chaabani (Esperance)
Women’s Coach of the Year: Desiree Ellis (South Africa), Joseph Brian Ndoko (Cameroon), Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)
Men’s National Team of the Year: Madagascar, Mauritania, Uganda
Women’s National Team of the Year: Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa
Women's Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dilian Quanjian), Francisca Ordega (Nigeria & Washington Spirit), Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)
African Player of the Year: Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal), Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
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