The outgoing year has had its highs and lows for African national teams, inidividual players, and coaches, but those lows haven’t stopped standout individuals from being brilliant, and the highs have remained moments of pride. To appreciate talent, hard work and effort, CAF will honour several people at a gala ceremony for the 2018 CAF Awards to be held on January 8, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.
From the shortlist released by the Confederation of African Football, a lot of permutation has gone on among fans and analysts who have tried to guess which players will take those prestigious awards home come 2019. Here, we make our own selections.
African Men’s National Team of the Year
Predicted Winner: Madagascar
African Women’s National Team of the Year
Predicted Winner: Nigeria
Nigeria faced their stiffest challenge on their way to claiming a record ninth Africa Women Cup of Nations title in Ghana. The win ensured the Super Falcons are set to make their eighth successive FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance, at the tournament scheduled to be hosted by France in 2019. The Super Falcons have dominated the women’s football scene, and we expect this to be an easy win
African Men’s Coach of the Year
Predicted Winner: Moine Chaabani (Tunisia)
Three coaches have been nominated from an initial selection of five; Moine Chaabani, Aliou Cisse and Herve Renard. Despite the latter two managing teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Chaabani won the 2018 CAF Champions League title with Esperance – the third title for the Tunisian giants —hence he emerges firm
African Women’s Coach of the Year
Predicted Winner: Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)
Thomas Dennerby overcame tough conditions and an almost absent preparation to lead Nigeria’s Super Falcons to a ninth African Women Nations Cup title at his first attempt. While many might point to
African Youth Player of the Year
Predicted Winner: Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria)
Wilfred Ndidi should emerge
African Player of the Year (Male)
Predicted Winner: Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
From a strong field of 10 nominated players which includes former winners of the award, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Riyad Mahrez, this top category of the awards should be a straightforward call in favour of Salah.
Reigning African Footballer of the Year, Mohammed Salah has continued from where he left off last season – a
Despite a seemingly slow start to the Premier League campaign, Salah is currently the joint top goalscorer with and has gone on to claim other
Salah contributed immensely to the Pharaohs qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring four times in their final five qualifiers and we tip him to make his second appearance at the continental tournament as the continent’s best player, having already won the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award.
African Women’s Player of the Year
Predicted Winner: Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa)
Thembi Kgatlana should break the strong dominance of this category by Nigerian stars, as she is expected to become only the second ever South African to win this award, thus deny reigning holder Asisat Oshoala a third straight
The 22-year-old Houston Dash forward had
The CAF Awards remain Africa’s most prestigious football award and have had winners such as Samuel Eto’o, Perpetua Nkwocha, Yaya Toure, and Didier Drogba, who have all gone on to make huge impact on the world stage. We look forward to seeing amazing soccer stars rewarded for their contribution to the beautiful game.