CAF Set To Settle Debate On Nigeria Most Promising Talent; Etebo, Iheanacho, Iwobi Shortlisted For Awards
Published: December 11, 2016
CAF Set To Settle Debate On Nigeria Most Promising Talent; Etebo, Iheanacho, Iwobi Shortlisted For AwardsFour Nigeria internationals, including three based in England, have been nominated by Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards.

Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense) and Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies) are the four players shortlisted for the other categories awards.

City striker Iheanacho goes head-to -head with Etebo for the Most Promising Talent in Africa, with Elia Meschak (TP Mazembe), Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) and Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City) completing the nominees.

Attacking midfielder Iwobi has been rewarded after a breakthrough season in 2016, and is nailed on favourite to pick up the Youth Player of the Year award ahead of Ghanaian, Ivorian and Malian youngsters who have been nominated.

Top scorer of the African Women Cup of Nations Oshoala has been nominated for Women’s Player of the Year, while Super Falcons manager Florence Omagbemi is in the running for Coach of the Year.

The Nigerian U23 National Team and Super Falcons were nominated for National Team of the Year and Women’s National Team of the Year respectively.

Other Categories

Women’s Player of the Year

Asisat OSHOALA (Nigeria & Arsenal Ladies)

Elizabeth Addo (Ghana & Kvarnsvedensik)

Gabrielle ABOUDI ONGUENE (Cameroon & Rossiyanka)

Janine VAN WYK (South Africa & JVW)

Raissa FEUDJIO TCHUANYO (Cameroon & Aland United)

 Most promising Talent

Elia MESCHAK (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)

Kelechi IHEANACHO (Nigeria & Manchester City)

Naby KEITA (Guinea & RB Leipzig)

Oghenekaro ETEBO (Nigeria & CD Feirense)

Ramadan SOBHI (Egypt & Stoke City)

 Youth Player of the Year

Alex IWOBI (Nigeria & Arsenal)

Eric AYIAH (Ghana U-17)

Franck KESSIE (Cote d’Ivoire & Atalanta)

Sandra OWUSU-ANSAH (Ghana & Supreme Ladies)

Sidiki MAIGA (Mali U-20)

 Coach of the Year

Florent IBENGE (DR Congo)

Milutin ‘Micho’ SREDOJEVIC (Uganda)

Pitso MOSIMANE (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Nacer SANDJAK (MO Bejaia)

Florence OMAGBEMI (Nigeria women’s national team)

 Referee of the Year

Papa Gasama, Gambia

Grishea Gehead, Egypt

Malang Diedhiou, Senegal

Club of the Year

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

MO Bejaia (Algeria)

TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

Zamalek (Egypt)

Zesco United (Zambia)

 National Team of the Year

DR Congo

Guinea Bissau

Nigeria U-23

Senegal

Uganda

Women’s National Team of the Year

Cameroon

Ghana

Nigeria

South Africa

Zimbabwe


Ifeanyi Emmanuel