The Confederation of African Football (CAF), on Sunday in Cairo released the Top 5 nominees in other categories for the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards with Ghana taking three spots in two categories.
Sandra Owusu-Ansah of Ghana and Supreme Ladies and Eric Ayiah of Ghana Under-17 both got nominated for the Player of the Year award. Ghana also got nominated for the Women National team of the Year.
CAF had earlier released list of the Top five contenders for the 2016 African Footballer of the Year Award and the Africa based Footballer of the Year.
The new categories for which nominees were announced included Coach of the Year, National team of the Year, Women National team of the Year, Youth Player of the Year, Most promising Player of the Year, Referee of the Year, Club of the Year and Women Player of the Year.
For the Women Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria and Arsenal Ladies, Janine Van Wyk of South Africa and JVW, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene of Cameroon and Rossiyanka, Raissa Feudjlo Tchanyo of Cameroon and Aland United and Elizabeth Addo of Ghana and Kvarnsvedensik were shortlisted.
The Managers listed for Coach of the Year include Florent Ibenge (DR Congo), Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic (Uganda), Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Nacer Sandjak (Mo Bejaia) and Florence Omagbemi (Nigeria women’s national team) while DR Congo, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria Under-23, Senegal and Uganda were shortlisted for National team of the Year.
The countries shortlisted for Women National team of the Year are Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe while Sandra Owusu-Ansah of Ghana and Supreme Ladies, Franck Kessie of Cote d’Ivoire and Atalanta, Alex Iwobi of Nigeria and Arsenal, Eric Ayiah of Ghana Under-17 and Sidiki Maiga of Mali Under-20 made the top 5 list of Youth Player of the Year award.
Also Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria and Manchester City, Naby Keita of Guinea and RB Leipzig, Elia Meschak of DR Congo and TP Mazembe, Ramadan Sobhi of Egypt and Stoke City and Oghenekaro Etebo of Nigeria and CD Feirense were nominated for Most Promising player of the Year award.
The Club of the Year has Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, MO Bejaia of Algeria, TP Mazembe of DR Congo, Zamalek of Egypt and Zesco United of Zambia as nominees.
Also shortlised are Papa Gasama of Gambia, Grishea Gehead of Egypt and Malang Diedhiou of Senegal for the Referee of theYear.
CAF recently released the list of top five contenders for the 2016 African Player of the Year award and they include Borussia Dortmund winger, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Enegal and Liverpool midfielder, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah of As Roma of Italy and Egypt and Algeria’s duo of Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani who both play for Leicester City of England.
In the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) category, the five shortlisted players include the quartet of Dennis Onyango, Hlompho Kekana, Keegan Dolly and Khama Billiat from the 2016 African Champions League winning side, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, while T.P Mazembe player, Rainford Kabala from Zambia completed the list. The list of Top three nominees will be released by CAF in the days ahead.
The winners will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches and Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF.
The Glo-CAF Awards Gala nite will take place on Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.