Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Washington Spirit’s Francisca Ordega have been nominated for the African Player of the Year Award by CAF.
The men’s category which includes thirty-five players also has Al Nassr’s Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo who plays for Changchun Yatai as nominees. While the female category with a fifteen woman list features last year’s winner Asisat Oshoala, Onome Ebi of Henan Huisanhang, Guingamp’s Desire Oparanozie.
On the nominees list for the Coach of the Year, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr and Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby were not left out.
Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, is the only Nigerian nominated in the Youth Player of the Year category alongside five others.
In the National Team of the Year category, the Super Falcons of Nigeria were nominated leaving out the men’s national team.
CAF has disclosed that the process which will be used to determine the winners for the African Player of the Year and Women’s Player of the Year will involve the CAF Technical & Development Committee, Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, and Coaches and Captains of the national teams of the 54 Member Associations.
Whereas, the election for the winner of other categories like Youth Player of the Year, Men’s Coach of the Year, Women’s Coach of the Year, Men’s National Team of the Year and Women’s National Team of the Year will be conducted by the CAF Technical & Development Committee and Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.
Then Awards Gala to honour the winners will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in Dakar, Senegal.