As the 2016 edition of the Glo-CAF Award holds today in Abuja, four Nigerians are hopeful of winning in their categories.
Super Falcons coach, Florence Omagbemi, who led the team to win the 10th African Women’s Nations Cup recently in Cameroon will battle it out with two male coaches in the National Coach of the Year category. She has Florent Ibenge (DR Congo national team) and Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns) as contestants.
For the Women’s Player of the Year category, Super Falcons and Arsenal Ladies striker, Asisat Oshoala, who emerged as top scorer in Cameroon will battle it out with Elizabeth Addo (Ghana & Kvarnsvedensik) and Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon & Rossyanka).
Super Eagles and Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho is in the Most Promising Talent category alongside Elia Meschak (DR Congo & TP Mazembe) and Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig).
Arsenal striker, Alex Iwobi is listed in the Youth Player of the Year Category alongside Eric Ayiah (Ghana and Charity FC) and Sandra Owusu-Ansah (Ghana and Supreme Ladies).
The African Player of the Year award category has
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund) Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City) Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool).
Other categories include:
African Player of the Year – Based in Africa
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns) Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns) Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe).
Club of the Year
Mamelodi Sundowns, TP Mazembe, Zesco United
National Team of the Year
DR Congo, Senegal, Uganda
Women’s National Team of the Year
Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa
Referee of the Year
Bakary Papa Gassama Ghead Zaglol Grisha Malang Diedhiou
Football Leader of the Year
Manuel Lopes Nascimento, President of Guinea Bissau Football Federation
Laurent Pokou, Former player of Cote d’Ivoire Emilienne Mbango, Former player of Camero