CAF on Thursday unveiled the top ten nominees for the 2013 Glo-CAF Awards African Footballer of the Year.
The list of top ten nominees include four Nigerians:Mikel Obi of Chelsea, Emmanuel Emenike of Fernabache, Vincent Enyeama of Lille and Ahmed Musa of CSKA, Moscow. Others include reigning African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City, Didier Drogba also of Cote d’Ivoire and Galatasaray, Asamoah Gyan of Al-Ain (UAE) and Ghana, Jonathan Pitroipa of Stade Rennes and Burkina Faso, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon and Mohamed Aboutreika of Al Ahly ,Egypt.
CAF also released the names of top five finalists for the Africa-based “Player of the year” Award. They are Sunday Mba of Warri Wolves and Nigeria, Mohamed Aboutreika of Al Ahly, Egypt, his colleague, Ahmed Fathy, also of Al Ahly and Egypt, Rainford Kabala of TP Mazembe and Zambia and Tresor MputuMabi also of TP Mazembe, from DR Congo.
Nominees in the other categories released by CAF include Nigeria, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso for the National Team of the Year Award and Al Ahly of Egypt, C.S Sfaxien of Tunisia and Orlando Pirates of South Africa for the Club of the Year Award.
Stephen Keshi of Nigeria, Paul Put of Burkina Faso and Manu Garba of Nigeria) are the Top 3 nominees for Coach of the Year Award while the Top 4 nominees for the Most Promising Talent Award are Ebenezer Assifuah of FC Sion and Ghana, Saleh Gomaa of ENPPI and Egypt, Kelechi Iheanacho of Taye Academy and Nigeria; and Alexis Yougouda of Cotton Sports Garoua and Cameroon.
The nominees for the Referee of the Year Award are: AlioumNeant of Cameroon, Haimoudi Djamel of Algeria and Papa Bakary Gassama of Gambia.
The Nigeria Football Supporters Club were listed for CAF Fair Play Award while ex-coach of Senegal, late Bruno Metsu and Morocoan International, Mehdi Faria were shortlisted for the Legend Award. The Nigerian U-17 team, Golden Eaglets was shortlisted for the “Youth National Team of the Year.”
The list is prepared through a vigorous selection process by the Technical, Football and Media Committees of CAF, taking into account the performance of the players for their national teams and clubs from January to November each year.
The Gala Night of the Glo-CAF Awards comes up at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos on 9thJanuary, 2014.
Globacom has been the title sponsor of the Awards since 2005.
Organisers Set for A Landmark Event
The sponsor of the annual African Footballer of the Year Award, Globacom and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have said that great attention has been paid to every detail to ensure the emergence of a credible winner through a very transparent process in the 2013 Glo-CAF Awards slated for January 9, 2014 in Lagos.
They also pledged that the presentation ceremony to be held at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, will be an unprecedented spectacle and magical in scope and scale.
Both Globacom and CAF gave the assurance at a joint press conference in Lagos on Monday. Globacom’s National Sales Coordinator, Segun Adeyemo, represented the company while the CAF Director of Media Division, Mr. Junior Binyam, spoke on behalf of the Confederation.
According to Globacom, “The 2013 Glo-CAF Awards, with the theme: “Icons of Africa: Past, Present, Future,” is aimed at “honouring the legacy of the past; celebrating the Icons of today; and inspiring the Icons of the future.”
Coming on the heels of the release of the list of Top 25 African best players by CAF, Binyam stated that coaches and captains of African national football teams will vote for the best player in the continent and the list will be pruned down from 25 to the Top Ten, Top Five and Top Three in subsequent weeks. He said one of the Top Three will be unveiled as the winner at the awards night. “The countdown to the Awards night has started,” he said.
Binyam commended Globacom for sponsoring the Glo-CAF Awards since 2005, adding that if more corporate organisations made huge contributions to sports such as Glo was making, Africa would be one of the top competing continents on the field of play.
Adeyemo said Globacom’s partnership with CAF, which is in its 8th year, is in “line with its vision of raising the profile of African football and the continent’s players, just as the Glo network is dedicated to adding value to the lives of the people in the countries where the company has its footprint.”
He said: “The Glo-CAF award is instituted as an annual event to bestow honour on individuals within the fraternity of football in Africa who distinguished themselves by putting up outstanding performances in their core areas of strength within the year under review. They include players, managers, administrators and football supporters.”
According to him, “the award recognizes the exemplary contributions such categories of people have made toward the development and promotion of football, on and off the pitch within the period. In addition to using the award to boost the performances of footballers within the continent, it also enhances the standard of play and the administration of football in the continent.”
He saluted African young men and women footballers who have been plying their trade with all sense of responsibility and dignity all over the world, adding that “their football sense and artistry has given us the hope that one day, an African nation will win the FIFA World Cup.”
Globacom also said that its customers will enjoy the special privilege of attending the 2013 Awards to meet and interact with top African footballers and administrators during the Gala night. To gain access to the event, all the customers need to do is to participate in the ongoing SMS promo tagged “Top up and secure a seat at the Glo-Caf Awards Ceremony” by spending N10, 000 or more between now and January 2nd, 2014 to make calls or browse the internet on the Glo network.
“Our subscribers have been amazing; they have stood solidly behind the Glo brand and this is another golden opportunity to appreciate and reward them for their loyalty,” Adeyemo stated further.
Five Nigerian players made the list of top 25 contenders for the Best African Player of the Year. They include John Mike Obi of Chelsea Football Club London, Vincent Ernyeama of Lille, France, Emmanuel Emenike of Fernabache, Turkey, Ahmed Musa of CSKA, Moscow and Sunday Mba of Warri Wolves, Nigeria.