Yet again, the winner of the 2017 Aiteo- CAF African Footballer of the Year Award will not be a Nigerian, following the pruning of the finallist of three players for the African Player of the Year award, as Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Pierre-EmerickAubameyang of Gabon made the final cut, AOIFootball.com reports.
The final shortlist, selected from an initial list of 30, was unveiled on Monday at the Movenpick Hotel, Accra, Ghana.
Former Super Eagles’ captain, Kanu Nwankwo, is the last Nigerian player to win the diadem. Kanu’s emergence in 1999 was his second after he was named the winner in 1996, on the back of his sterling
contributions to Nigeria’s gold medal effort at that year’s Olympicsfootball event in Atlanta, USA.
Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, was however nominated in the final three-man shortlist for the Coach of the Year and will slug it with Argentine and Egypt’s coach Hector Cuper and Wydad Casablanca’s
Meanwhile, Super Falcons’ striker, Asisat Oshoala made the Women’s Player of the
Year final shortlist and will contend with South Africa’s ChrestinaKgatlana and Cameroon’s Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene.
For the Men’s National Team of the Year nominees, Super Eagles ofNigeria, African champions Cameroon and Egypt made the final list.
And for the Women’s National Team of the Year, Nigeria’s Falconets(U-20 team) were nominated alongside Ghana’s U-20 team and Banyana Banyana.
The winners will be announced in January in Accra, Ghana.