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Oshoala, six Super Falcons nominated for CAF 2023 Women’s Player of the Year award

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Ballon d’Or nominee and Barcelona Femeni star, Asisat Oshoala and six other female Nigerian players have been nominated for the 2023 Confederation of African Football, CAF Women’s Player of the Year award.

The nomination which includes 30 names of females across Africa, was released by CAF on Tuesday with Nigeria having the highest number of nominees — six.

Oshoala is the favourite to claim the award following her performance in the 2022/23 campaign where she helped her team win the UEFA Women’s Champions League with Barcelona.

This year, the 29-year-old will be looking to win the award for the sixth time, having won the continental award in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2022.

The other six Super Falcons teammates nominated include Rasheedat Ajibade, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Christy Ucheibe, Uchenna Kanu, Osinachi and Toni Payne are also nominated for the award.

The 2023 CAF Awards Gala will be held in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, December 11, 2023.

Also, the Super Falcons’ head coach, Randy Waldrum, was listed as one of the nominees for coach of the year while Deborah Abiodun, Esther Ajakaye and Oluwatosin Demehin were nominated for Best Young Player of the Year.

Check the full list below:

Player of the Year (Women)

Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon, Internazionale Milano)
Evelyn Badu (Ghana, Avaldnes)
Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi, Paris Saint-Germain)
Temwa Chawinga (Malawi, Wuhan Jiangda)
Anissa Lahmari (Morocco, Levante Las Planas)
Fatima Tagnaout (Morocco, AS FAR)
Ghizlaine Chebbak (Morocco, AS FAR)
Ibtissam Jraidi (Morocco, AS FAR/Al Ahli)
Khadija Er-Rmichi (Morocco, AS FAR)
Zenatha Coleman (Namibia, Fenerbahce)
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria, Barcelona)
Chiamaka Nnadozie (Nigeria, Paris FC)
Christy Ucheibe (Nigeria, Benfica)
Osinachi Ohale (Nigeria, Alaves/Pachuca)
Rasheedat Ajibade (Nigeria, Atletico Madrid)
Toni Payne (Nigeria, Sevilla)
Uchenna Kanu (Nigeria, Tigres/Racing Louisville)
Ndeye Awa Diakhaté (Senegal, Olympique de Marseille)
Andile Dlamini (South Africa, Mamelodi Sundowns)
Hilda Magaia (South Africa, Sejong Sportstoto)
Jermaine Seoposenwe (South Africa, Juarez/Monterrey)
Linda Motlhalo (South Africa, Glasgow City)
Refiloe Jane (South Africa, Sassuolo)
Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa, Racing Louisville)
Afi Sabine Woedikou (Togo, Strasbourg/Nantes)
Sabrina Ellouzi (Tunisia, Excelsior)
Fazila Ikwaput (Uganda, Kampala Queens)
Barbara Banda (Zambia, Shanghai Shengli)
Grace Chanda (Zambia, Madrid CFF)
Rachael Kundananji (Zambia, Madrid CFF)

Goalkeeper of the Year (Women)

Ange Bawou (Cameroon, Bayelsa Queens/ BIIK-Shymkent)
Dolores Hernandez Masongo (Equatorial Guinea, Huracanes)
Imane Abdelahad (Morocco, SC Casablanca)
Khadija Er-Rmichi (Morocco, AS FAR)
Chiamaka Nnadozie (Nigeria, Paris FC)
Andile Dlamini (South Africa, Mamelodi Sundowns)
Kaylin Swart (South Africa, JVW)
Najiat Abass Idrisa (Tanzania, JKT Queens)
Catherine Musonda (Zambia, Tomiris Turan)
Cynthia Shongwe (Zimbabwe, Harare City)

Interclub Player of the Year (Women)

Refilwe Tholakele (Botswana, Mamelodi Sundowns)
N’Guessan Nadege Koffi (Cote d’Ivoire, SC Casablanca)
Elena Oyana (Equatorial Guinea, Huracanes)
Comfort Yeboah (Ghana, Ampem Darkoa)
Tracy Twum (Ghana, Ampem Darkoa)
Oumou Kone (Mali, AS Mande)
Aziza Rabbah (Morocco, AS FAR)
Fatima Tagnaout (Morocco, AS FAR)
Ghizlaine Chebbak (Morocco, AS FAR)
Lebohang Ramalepe (South Africa, Mamelodi Sundowns)

Young Player of the Year (not more than 21 years)

Comfort Yeboah (Ghana, Ampem Darkoa)
Mary Amponsah (Ghana, Ampem Darkoa)
Nesryne El Chad (Morocco, Lille)
Deborah Abiodun (Nigeria, Pittsburg Panthers)
Esther Opeyemi Ajakaye (Nigeria, Delta Queens)
Oluwatosin Demehin (Nigeria, Stade Reims)
Hapsatou Malado Diallo (Senegal, USPA/Eibar)
Thubelihle Shamase (South Africa, University of Johannesburg FC)
Winifreda Gerald (Tanzania, JKT Queens)
Fauzia Najjemba (Uganda, Dynamo Moscow)

Coach of the Year (Women)

Nana Joe Adarkwa (Ampem Darkoa)
Lovemore Fazili (Malawi)
Mehdi El Qaichouri (SC Casablanca)
Mohamed Amine Alioua (AS FAR)
Reynald Pedros (Morocco)
Randy Waldrum (Nigeria)
Mame Moussa Cisse (Senegal)
Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
Jerry Tshabalala (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Esther Chabruma (JKT Queens)

National Team of the Year (Women)

Burkina Faso
Burundi
Ghana
Malawi
Morocco
Nigeria
Senegal
South Africa
Tanzania
Zambia

Club of the Year (Women)

Athletico d’Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire)
Huracanes (Equatorial Guinea)
Ampem Darkoa (Ghana)
AS Mande (Mali)
AS FAR (Morocco)
SC Casablanca (Morocco)
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
JKT Queens (Tanzania)

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