Caf awards – who will win what
African viewers will have to choose between watching the Manchester Derby and the most prestigious football awards on the continent tonight but before then let’s take a close look at the nominees in each category and try to decipher who the winner will be when the awards are dished out tonight.
We start from the most popular of them all – African Men’s Player of the Year
Rihad Mahrez (Algeria/Manchester City
Mohammed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool)
Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool)
Our Pick: Sadio Mane
Reason: Sadio Mane like the other two players that made the shortlist is one of the best attackers presently in world football, the Senegalese lead the Teranga lions to the Total African cup of Nations final where they lost to Algeria and to be honest he’s been the best amongst the three shortlisted players over the last 365 days.
Mane’s club team mate Mohammed Salah has won the last two editions but injuries and
lack of form has greatly reduced his chances of winning this edition of the award.
Rihad Mahrez on the other hand was very influential in Algeria’s Nation cup campaign.
The winger captained his side to victory defeating Sadio Mane’s Senegal in the final, he also played a role in Manchester City’s domestic triumph last season but Mane’s contributions for club and country is more significant in my opinion.
His stats and consistency level is something that cannot be overlooked and also considering the way he’s started this season I don’t see any other person winning the award but him besides he’s the only one on the shortlist who is yet to win the award.
The next category is the African Women’s Player of the Year
Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga)
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)
Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix FC)
Our Pick: Asisat Oshoala
In picking our Favourite for this category we had to depend the Women’s World cup that and held last year and stats from their club sides which is why we’ve backed Asisat Oshoala to be crowned the queen of African football for the fourth time.
The 25 year old had a quiet world cup but still managed a goal as Nigeria reached the second round of the competition.
Her exploits with Barcelona is something worth of praise too.
She became the first African woman to score in Uefa women’s champions league final even though her side lost.
She looks certain to reclaim her crown from South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana tonight.
The next Category is the African Interclubs Player of the Year
Anice Badri (Tunisia & Esperance)
Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek)
Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)
Our Pick: Youcef Belaili
Youcef Belaili should win this due to his exploits with Algeria & Esperance.
African Youth Player of the Year
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)
Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria & Villarreal)
Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)
Our Pick: Victor Osimehen
A few months back especially during the nations cup Samuel Chukwueze would have been the favourite for this category but after Victor Osimehen’s performances for Lille he’s our favourite to win tonight.
Next is the African Men’s Coach of the Year
Aliou Cisse (Senegal – Senegal)
Djamel Belmadi (Algeria – Algeria)
Moïne Chaâbani (Tunisia – Esperance)
Our pick: Djamel Belmadi
Djamel Belmadi for the great work he’s done with the Algerian team in such a short space of time.
Now onto the African Women’s Coach of the Year
Alain Djeumfa (Cameroon)
Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)
Our pick: Thomas Dennerby
Nigeria were the only team to reach the next round of the Women’s world cup so its certainly Thomas Dennerby.
Nominees for the African Men’s National Team of the Year are:
Our pick: Algeria
The national team of the year should be the team that won the African cup of nations so its Algeria for me.
Finally the African Women’s National Team of the Year
Our Pick: Nigeria
Easy to pick a winner here, Nigeria were the best African women’s national team in 2019 no doubt.