Africa’s Women World Cup representatives – Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon dominate the shortlist of the recently released 2018 CAF awards as the African football community await winners in the various categories of the award.
In the women’s player of the year category: Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dilian Quanjian), Francisca Ordega (Nigeria & Washington Spirit) and Onome Ebi (Nigeria & Hekan Huisanhang) made the cut alongside the duo of Janine Van Wyk and Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa & Houston Dash. While Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (CSKA Moskow) and Raissa Feudjio (Aland United) both of Cameroon we’re also shortlisted.
Other players shortlisted for the award include: Abdulai Mukarama (Ghana & Northern Ladies), Bassira Toure (Mali & AS Mande), Elizabeth Addo (Ghana & Seattle Reign) and Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning).
In the women’s coach of the year category are Desiree Ellis, Joseph Brian Ndoko and Thomas Dennerby of South Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria respectively. With all three teams also making the women’s national team of the year shortlist.
The shortlisted nominees were decided by votes from the members of the CAF Technical & Development Committee. The final phase will involve votes from CAF Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, and Coaches & Captains of the 54 Member Associations.
The awards gala to honour footballers and officials who distinguished themselves during the year under review, will be held on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.