The CAF AWARDS.
The Confederation of African Football yesterday held the CAF AWARDS for year 2019 in review at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh Resort in Hurghada, Egypt. It was a memorable event and not much surprise with the African men’s player of the year going to Sadio Mane after a superb year with Liverpool winning the champions league, being the highest goal scorer in 2019 for Liverpool, winning the world club cup also with club and doing well for Senegal at the nations cup. His other competitors in Riyad Mahrez and Mo Salah also had good seasons, winning the English premiership and African nations cup for the former and winning the champions league and world club cup for the later but Mane had an exceptional year and it was truly deserved.
For the women’s player of the year it was Nigerian Asisat Oshoala that took it for the fourth consecutive time equaling Perpetual Nkwocha’s feat for the number of awards. She currently plays for the Barcelona ladies and doing exceptionally at the Women Uefa champions league.
The Only two awards I would probably take exception to is the team of the year that did not include Winifred Ndidi but had a Gueye. Like seriously an Ndidi was the best Defensive Midfielder in all of Europe and deserved a mention on that list while Senegalese’s Gueye should have been dropped. Also naming the African Women’s team as Cameroon but giving the best female team’s coach to the South African Coach is sort of sounds off to me.
AFRICAN INTERCLUBS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)
AFRICAN YOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)
AFRICAN MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
Djamel Belmadi (Algeria – Algeria)
AFRICAN WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
AFRICAN MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
AFRICAN WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
FEDERATION OF THE YEAR
Egyptian Football Association
Kojovi Obilale (former Togolese goalkeeper)
CAF Fifpro Best XI
Goalkeeper: Andre Onana
Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Serge Aurier, Joel Matip, Kalidou Koulibaly
Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye, Riyad Mahrez, Hakim Ziyech
Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang