CAF Releases Final Shortlist For 2022 Awards

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CAF has released a star-studded final list of nominees for the men’s categories of the 2022 Awards, with some of the elite performers in the last few months making the top list.

The CAF Awards 2022 will be held in Rabat, Morocco on the 21st of July 2022.

The list includes reigning CAF African Player of the Year Sadio Mane (Senegal and Bayern Munich), former winner Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Manchester City), Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool), amongst others.

Super Eagles of Nigeria and Nantes winger Moses Simon didn’t make the final shortlist for the 2022 CAF Awards Men’s Player of the Year.

The Player of the Year and Interclub Player of the Year has 10 nominees each, whist the Young Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, National Team of the Year and Club of the Year has five (5) nominees each.

One of the highly contested categories is that of the CAF Coach of the Year, where Aliou Cisse, Pitso Mosimane, Carlos Queiroz, Tom Saintfiet and Walid Regragui have made the final cut.

The winners of each category will be decided by a voting panel made up of CAF Technical Committee, media professionals, Head Coaches & Captains of Member Associations and clubs involved at the group stage of the Interclub competitions for the 2021/22 season.

Full List of Nominees (in alphabetical order by Member Association):

Player of the Year (Men)

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City), Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon & Olympique Lyonnais), Vincent Aboubacar (Cameroon & Al Nassr), Sebastien Haller (Cote d’Ivoire & Ajax), Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool), Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool), Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Paris Saint-Germain), Edouard Mendy (Senegal & Chelsea), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli) and Sadio Mane (Senegal & Bayern Munich).

Interclub Player of the Year (Men)

Tiago Azulao (Petro Atletico), Karim Konate (ASEC Mimosas), Aliou Dieng (Al Ahly), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Percy Tau (Al Ahly), Mohamed Sherif (Al Ahly), Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly), Achraf Dari (Wydad Athletic Club), Yahya Jabrane (Wydad Athletic Club) and Zouheir El Moutaraji (Wydad Athletic Club).

Young Player of the Year (Men)

Dango Ouattara (Burkina Faso & Lorient), Karim Konate (Cote d’Ivoire & ASEC/RB Salzburg), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Ghana & Rennes), Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal & Metz) and Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia & Manchester United).

Coach of the Year (Men)

Carlos Queiroz (Egypt), Pitso Mosimane (Al Ahly), Tom Saintfiet (The Gambia), Walid Regragui (Wydad Athletic Club) and Aliou Cisse (Senegal).

National Team of the Year

Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco and Senegal.

Club of the Year

Petro Atletico (Angola), Al Ahly (Egypt), RS Berkane (Morocco), Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco) and Orlando Pirates (South Africa).

 

Chidi Nwoke/CAF.

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