Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

CAF award: Sadio Mane, Salah and Mahrez nominated

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Three musketeers Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Riyad Mahrez will be up for battle Tuesday night during 2019 CAF best footballer award in Egypt

All three players have had an impressive year, as the Reds duo managed to lift the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.

Additionally, they also shared the Premier League Golden Boot award with 22 goals apiece.

Tuesday’s CAF awards will not be about Nigeria’s men’s players absence from the final three of the CAF Player of the Year award but Asisat Oshoala’s quest to equal her mentor and compatriot, Perpetua Nkwocha, who won the award a record four times – 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011.

The 25-year-old has been crowned winner in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

South African Thembi Kgatlana and Cameroon’s Ajara Njoya stand in the way of Oshoala’s race to clinch a fourth African Women’s Player of the Year crown in Hurghada.

Oshoala has scored 10 goals in 13 league appearances for Barcelona Ladies this season.

For the Young Player of the Year award, it will be a straight fight between Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze for the gong. The duo are up against Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi.

They are gunning for the prestigious CAF prize that had previously been scooped by the likes of Obafemi Martins, Mikel Obi, Taye Taiwo, Etebo Oghenekaro, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Wilfred Ndidi.

Osimhen on his part will hope to win it for a second time just as Obafemi Martins and Kelechi Iheanacho did in the past, while Chukwueze who caught the eye for La Liga outfit Villarreal with his exciting runs and tricky from the right-side of attack will be aiming to win the award for the first time.

The pair were members of the U-17 World Cup-winning team of 2015 with Osimhen winning the golden boot award with 10 goals, while Chukwueze won the bronze boot.

The Super Falcons are primed for the award of the Women’s National Team of the Year, having successfully retained their continental crown in Ghana in December 2018 and reached the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup in France last year. Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses and Banyana Banyana of South Africa are contending against the nine-time African champions.

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