Four Super Falcons players have been included in the 15-woman shortlist for the 2018 Women’s African Player of the Year including current holder Asisat Oshoala.
Oshoala leads her Super Falcons teammates Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega and Onome Ebi in the shortlist which was released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday, November 30.
Oshoala who has won the award three times is in position to win it again after helping Dalian Quanjian F.C to the 2018 Chinese Women’s Super League title.
She was also influential for Nigeria and scored a hattrick for the Super Falcons to on their way to the final of the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
Oparanozie who plays in France with Guingamp has also had a decent year. She has scored two goals so far for the Super Falcons of Nigeria who are in the final of AWCON 2018.
Ordega in 2018 helped Atlético Madrid to Spanish Women’s league title and has also been impressive for Nigeria at AWCON 2018 with two goals.
At the back, experience defender Ebi has been solid for the Super Falcons who have conceded just one goal on their way to the final of AWCON 2018.
Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been nominated for the Youth Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
CAF on Friday, November 30 unveiled the nominees for several categories of the 2018 CAF Awards.
In the Youth Player of the Year category, Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been included in a six-man shortlist.
The Leicester City midfielder has been one of the most consistent African players in the Premier League all year. He finished the 2017/2018 season as the leading tackler in the Premier League and has continued to impress.
The 21-year-old will battle the likes of Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Borussia Dortmund), Andre Onana (Cameroon and Ajax), Ismaila Sarr (Senegal and Rennes), Mahmoud Benhalib (Morocco and Raja Club Athletic) and Franck Kessie (Cote d’Ivoire and AC Milan).
CAF’s Youth Player of the Year will be decided by CAF Technical & Development Committee, media experts, legends and coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen and Alex Iwobi won the award in 2915 and 2016 respectively.
In the coach of the year, Gernot Rohr has also been shortlisted after guiding the Super Eagles to qualify to the World Cup and Nations cup.