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Oshoala, Mane, Salah among CAF Awards finalists, Waldrum dropped

The Confederation of African Football has released the final nominees for the CAF Awards, with Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala included along with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in their categories.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow night in Rabat, Morocco from 8pm.

Each of the categories has three finalists, and Oshoala is one of the nominees for Women’s Player of the Year.

The Barcelona forward, who has won the prestigious award four times, will vie with Ajara Nchout Njoya of Cameroon and Inter Milano as well as Grace Chanda of Zambia and BIIK Kazygurt.

Oshoala, who won the Spanish top flight title with Barcelona as top scorer despite an injury-disrupted campaign and reached the UEFA Women’s Champions League final with the Spanish outfit, could well be the favourite for the award again.

The clear favourite for the Men’s Player of the Year is Mane, who played a pivotal role as Senegal won their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title in February and qualified for the World Cup in March.

Mane also starred as Liverpool won the FA Cup and EFL Cup and reached the UEFA Champions League final before he mede the switch to Bayern Munich this month.

He is in the top three along with his former Liverpool teammate Salah of Egypt and Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who plays for Chelsea.

Exciting Super Falcons youngster Gift Monday has been dropped from both the Women’s Young Player of the Year and Women’s Inter-Club Player categories, just as Rivers Angels did not make the cut for Women’s Club of the Year.

Also, Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum has not made it to the top three of the Coach of the Year (Women) category, which curiously has four finalists: Bruce Mwape (Zambia), Desiree Ellis (South Africa), Jerry Tshabalala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Reynald Pedros (Morocco).

The top three lists are from the lists of nominees previously revealed by CAF in both men’s and women’s categories.

The Women’s National Team of the Year will be named after the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final between Morocco and South Africa in Rabat on Saturday.

FULL LIST OF TOP 3 NOMINEES

PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon & Internazionale Milano)

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

Grace Chanda (Zambia & BIIK Kazygurt)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Edouard Mendy (Senegal & Chelsea)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Sadio Mane (Senegal & Bayern Munich)

INTERCLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Andile Dlamini (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Bambanani Mbanie (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)

INTERCLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Achraf Dari (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)

Aliou Dieng (Mali & Al Ahly)

Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Doris Boaduwaa (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies)

Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)

Yasmine Zouhir (Morocco & AS Saint-Etienne)

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia & Manchester United)

Karim Konate (Cote d’Ivoire & ASEC/RB Salzburg)

Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal & Tottenham
Hotspur)

COACH OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Bruce Mwape (Zambia)

Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Jerry Tshabalala (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Reynald Pedros (Morocco)

COACH OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Aliou Cisse (Senegal)

Carlos Queiroz (Egypt)

Walid Regragui (Wydad Athletic Club)

CLUB OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

AS FAR (Morocco)

Hasaacas Ladies (Ghana)

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

CLUB OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Al Ahly (Egypt)

RS Berkane (Morocco)

Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)

NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Cameroon

Egypt

Senegal

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