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CAF Awards 2019: Mane, Oshoala Are Africa’s Best; Hakimi Beats Osimhen, Chukwueze To Youth Player Award

CAF Awards 2019: Mane, Oshoala Are Africa’s Best; Hakimi Beats Osimhen, Chukwueze To Youth Player Award

Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane has been crowned African Player of the Year for 2019, reports Completesports.com.

Mane beat his Liverpool teammate, Mohamed Salah and Algeria’s captain Riyad Mahrez to the award.

Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala won the Women’s crown ahead of Ajara Nchout of Cameroon and South Africa’s Thembi Kgltana.

Morocoo winger Achraf Hakimi beat Nigerian duo, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukuweze to the 2019 African Youth Player of year award.

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The Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon scooped the prize for the  best Women’s National Team in the continent following their impressive performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France where they made it to the Round of 16 for the first time.

The Desert Foxes of Algeria won the the award for the Men’s Team Of The Year.

Djamel Belmadi’s men won their second Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt following a 1-0 win against the Teranga Lions of Senegal in the final.

Banyana Banyana of South Africa head coach Desiree Ellis picked the Women’s Coach Of The Year Award, while Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi won the Men’s Award.


Men’s Player Of The Year – Sadio Mane ( Senegal)
Women’s Player Of The Year- Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
African Youth Player Of The Year- Achraf Hakimi (Morocco)
Women’s National Team Of The Year- Cameroon
Men’s Team Of The Year- Algeria
Women’s Coach Of The Year- Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
Men’s Coach Of The Year – Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)
Federation Of The Year- Egyptian Football Association
Club President Of The Year- Moise Katumbi (TP Mazembe)
Goal Of The Year – Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Interclub Player Of The Year – Tarek Hamed
Special Award- Kodjovi Obilale

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

    Congrats to Mane and Oshoala…. Osimhen and Chukweze just like every Nigerian players should learn to be consistent if they must win future awards!!!

    • Ikeben 4 years ago

      In my opinion, Osimhen deserved it.

      What more consistency do you need from a player who scored 27 goals and 7 assists in 45 matches in 2019 (both in Belgium and Lilie) In addition to 4 international goals in 5 outing with the national sides.

      Compared to Hakimi who scored 9 goals with 7 assists in 42m of 2019 for Dortmond.

      This one is not fair at all.

  • Tancofootball 4 years ago

    Congratulations to the winners, Sadio Mane really deserves the award, he has done very well in 2019, he was unfortunate not to have won the 2019 FIFA balon dor.all other winners in various categories actually deserves the award on merit, many people would have actually argued for the fact that Winfred Indidi should have been in the Africa first 11 but the fact still remains that the Young man has not done enough this past year to deserve a place in Africa best 11 compared to the ones that are in the list. To be sincere it sadden my heart each year when APOTY award is been Awarded to an African without a Nigerian. The last time a Nigeria won the APOTY was 20 years ago yet we produce players with greatest potential on the continent of Africa on a yearly basis and no one has actually meet up to his potential.

  • Pompei 4 years ago

    Congrats to Oshoala and Mane! BTW, the Salah and Mahrez no show smirks of bad belle. Since I didn’t win, I’ll stay away. Hmmm. Na wa oooo. Especially Salah who is Mane’s team mate. It’s terrible indeed that Salah could not show up to support Mane, and this can only fuel the fire of rumors that all is not well between the two. The two can often be seen refusing to pass the ball to each other in matches as both pursue personal glory. Klopp might have to call them both to order.
    The only change I would make to the awards is to give the male team of the year award to Madagascar. Arguably the best year of football ever for the island nation. They shocked everybody with their free flowing football and great results against more established opponents. They deserve that recognition, in my opinion.

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    Congratulations to Azizat and Mané.

    I want to have some words with our NFF.

    NFF are killing our sports, most especially football. From Super Eagles to Super Falcons and other national teams of ours.

    NFF have been using Super Eagles to covered their faces for a long time.

    Even, Super Eagles have not reaching their capacity and failed to have a complete team.

    Apart from Osimhen, do we have another strikers?

    Do we have a reliable goakeepers?

    We have fantastic players and golies but why they haven’t bn involved?

    We should ask NFF and coach Rohr.

    Imagine, imama came out from nowhere and said he achieved a lot in 2019 and last year was a great year for him. Kai, this is serious.

    Mr. Odegbami have spoken but 99% of Nigerians said he talks rubbish.

    I, omo9ja also highlighted the problems of our sports and NFF still, our people called me clown, internet coach and so many other names. But today, we are celebrating our brother from Senegal as a new African footballer of the year.

    We keep deceiving ourselves by calling ourselves giant of Africa while other African countries are rising up every day?

    When was the last time Nigeria crowned this title?

    Now, Mr. Laluko said Nigeria has failed in 2019 while some of us were celebrating the 3rd place as if we won the tournament in Egypt. Chai, if to say our oppressors were not above the law, Amaju and his groug would have been in the prison yard by now.

    Money changes hands has been the main problem of our people.

    Here is what Mr. Laluko said.

    “Laloko: Why Nigeria’s football teams failed in 2019”?

    Former technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Kashimawo Laloko has given an honest assessment of the country’s football teams last year, claiming they underachieved.

    The West Africans managed to finish third at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and then underwhelmed at the Wafu tournament under the guidance of Imama Amapakabo.

    The coach was also in charge as Nigeria failed to qualify for the African Nations Championship (Chan) as well as the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Their women’s team also suffered a similar blow.

    The West Africans had poor outings at the U17 and U20 World Cup tournaments, crashing out in the Round of 16.

    In his assessment, Laloko expressed his displeasure at the disappointing showings and believed the country should have performed better, slamming the administrators and coaches.

    As far as I am concerned, we achieved nothing in football in 2019. At the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, we came third and Nigerians were jubilating. We have to call our football administrators to order because we should be achieving more,” he said, as per the Guardian


    “During the qualifiers for the African Nations Championship (Chan) in Cameroun for example, it was marked with controversies and eventually we failed to qualify. Coach Imama Amapakabo, who was the same coach for the Chan tournament messed us up again. He was accused of using the wrong players and we suffered for it. And now, we will not be at the Olympics in Tokyo Japan.

    “If Amapakabo had done his assignment well, the country wouldn’t have found herself not going to the Tokyo Olympics.

    At the U20 World Cup tournament, we didn’t make any mark as usual and even the U17 championship. Coach Manu Garba used to do well, but I think he got wrong assistants. There is this wrong assumption that people who have played the game before can also coach. The fact that you once played the game doesn’t mean you must now start coaching.”

    Reacting to the Super Falcons’ failure to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, he said: “Look at how they messed up the Super Falcons.

    “When I saw the way the team was going, I even offered myself for service but was turned down. I don’t think we needed to employ a foreign coach in the first place because to me, it amounts to wasting money.”

    Laloko believes more home-based players need to be included in the national teams and coaches must be trained to ensure further development of Nigerian football.

    I think we need to start developing our football by accommodating at least 30 per cent of the home-based players playing in our league. Even if they are not going to play, they must be in the team and develop from there. This is the only way we can give them confidence.

    “Thank God we now have a sports minister, who has now intervened to make sure they do things rightly. We need to reorganise ourselves and be more transparent. Coaches should be trained properly because the federation doesn’t train anybody. When they are looking for coaches to appoint, they put their men, and that is why we’ve been failing.”

    Same story every day. I’m tired of the situation of our country. Nothing is working right now. God, we need your help. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • The problem with nigerians us that we are always bad losers. We want to win every competition. I want you to analyse how many country in Africa qualified for most of the major competitions in Africa and the world. Do a check. But because we did not win then we have to kill ourselves. We can’t win every competition. Agreed we still have a lot to do but i believe qualifying for almost all themajor competitions is something considering the fact that most African countries are waking up. We can always build from what we acbieved last year.

      • Omo9ja 4 years ago

        What did we achieved last year if I may asked? You meant that all our national teams qualified right? Like our Chan team, Olympics team, Super Falcons and the rest of them?

        We don’t deserve to be in every tournament ba? How and why?

        No wonder Imama was celebrating his achievements lol.

        It is well. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Glory 4 years ago

    When people mumu ripe. No need to argue. Only wait for it to burst. Wife shout, fight husband, say, food no dey despite knowing say, husband employer to pay husband for 3 month n husband pull out cutlass chase wife say, soup wey she cook no taste well even when he no say as dem no pay am for 3 months, wife try her best to quiz out food for am. Foolishness is an argument, that fails to look at effects of outside factors before drawing up conclusion. Just tells one the level intelligence of such.

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