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Zimbabwe misses out on CAF nomination list

by Daniel Itai
25 Nov 2019 at 20:47hrs | Views
Yesterday Zimbabwe didn't make the cut of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) nomination football awards list which will take place on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, at Citadel Azure, Hurghada, Egypt.

Zimbabwe didn't have any club, male or female player on the nomination list. This is despite the fact that Zimbabwe has produced some stunning football this year with the likes of Khama Billiat, Marvelous Nakamba and coaches such as Kaitano Tembo and Rosemary Mugadza.

Veteran sports journalist Tongai Mwenje felt a bit shortchanged by CAF, "there are a lot of factors at play in the selection criteria which obviously didn't favor Zimbabwe.

The obvious one being that we are not good enough to be part of Africans' best list. Whilst this could be true, we also need to look at our players who are currently plying their trade in Africa and outside.

We have very few good players I feel need to be part of that list, of important to note is Khama Billiat whose contribution to the log leaders Kaizer Chiefs has been very key.

Obviously we can't argue that it has been a team work effort but if you look closely, his combination with Leonardo Castro has won Chiefs' most games.

So with that I feel he should be part of that list. Talk of Marvelous Nakamba's form at Aston Villa, its not easy to quickly adapt to the highly demanding  EPL but Nakamba has established himself well in his first season and has become part of the first team.

So the selection criteria could have scored against us but well it must be a lesson to our players to up their game and be recognized in the next award nominations."

The list of nominees was compiled by a panel of media and technical professionals.
Full list of nominees for CAF Awards 2020:

African Player of the Year

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)
André Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)
Baghdad Bounedjah (Algeria& Al-Sadd)
Carolus Andriamatsinoro (Madagascar & Al Adalah)
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon & Paris Saint-Germain)
Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia & Zamalek)
Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
Idrissa Gueye (Senegal & Paris Saint-Germain)
Ismail Bennacer (Algeria & AC Milan)
Jordan Ayew (Ghana & Crystal Palace)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
Kodjo Fo Doh Laba (Togo & Al Ain)
Mahmoud Hassan (Egypt & Aston Villa)
Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)
Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool)
Nicolas Pepe (Côte d'Ivoire & Arsenal)
Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Shanghai Shenhua)
Percy Tau (South Africa & Club Brugge)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)
Thomas Teye Partey (Ghana & Atlético Madrid)
Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)
Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria & Leicester City)
Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire & Crystal Palace)
Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Ahli Jeddah)
African Women's Player of the Year
Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga)
Ange N'Guessan (Côte d'Ivoire & Tenerife)
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)
Chiamaka Nnadozie (Nigeria & Rivers Angels)
Elizabeth Addo (Ghana & Jiangsu Suning)
Gabrielle Ouguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moscow)
Refiloe Jane (South Africa & AC Milan)
Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning)
Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix FC)
Uchenna Kanu (Nigeria & Southeastern Fire)
African Interclubs Player of the Year
Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)
Anice Badri (Tunisia & Esperance)
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda & Simba)
Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia & Zamalek)
Fousseny Coulibaly (Cote d'Ivoire & Esperance)
Franck Kom (Cameroon & Esperance)
Herenilson (Angola & Petro de Luanda)
Ismail El Haddad (Morocco & Wydad Casablanca)
Jean Marc Makusu (DR Congo & AS VITA)
Kodjo Fo Doh Laba (Togo & RS Berkane / Al Ain)
Mahmoud Alaa (Egypt & Zamalek)
Meddie Kagere (Rwanda & Simba)
Meschack Elia (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)
Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek)
Themba Zwane (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Trésor Mputu (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
Walid El Karti (Morocco & Wydad Casablanca)
African Youth Player of the Year
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)
Amadou Haidara (Mali & RB Leipzig)
Amadou Sagna (Senegal & Club Brugge)
Enock Mwepu (Zambia & Red Bull Salzburg)
Ismaïla Sarr (Senegal & Watford)
Krépin Diatta (Senegal & Club Brugge)
Moussa Djenepo (Mali & Southampton)
Moussa Ndiaye (Senegal & Excellence Foot)
Musa Barrow (Gambia & Atalanta)
Osvaldo Pedro Capemba (Angola & Primeiro de Agosto)
Patson Daka (Zambia & Red Bull Salzburg)
Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria & Villarreal)
Sekou Koita (Mali & Red Bull Salzburg)
Steve Regis Mvoue (Cameroon & AS Azur Star)
Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)
Zito Luvumbo (Angola & Primeiro de Agosto)
African Men's Coach of the Year
Aliou Cisse (Senegal - Senegal)
Christian Gross (Switzerland - Zamalek)
Corentin Martins (France - Mauritania)
Djamel Belmadi (Algeria - Algeria)
Faouzi Benzarti (Tunisia - Wydad Athletic Club)
Gernot Rohr (Germany - Nigeria)
Moïne Chaâbani (Tunisia - Esperance)
Mounir Jaouani (Morocco - Berkane FC)
Nicolas Dupuis (France - Madagascar)
Pitso Mosimane (South Africa - Mamelodi Sundowns)
African Women's Coach of the Year
Alain Djeumfa (Cameroon)
Bruce Mwape (Zambia)
Clementine Toure (Côte d'Ivoire)
Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
David Ouma (Kenya)
Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)
African Men's National Team of the Year
Algeria
Madagascar
Nigeria
Senegal
Tunisia
African Women's National Team of the Year
Cameroon
Côte d'Ivoire
Kenya
Nigeria
South Africa
Zambia

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