Interim coach of Nigeria’s women’s national football team, Super Falcons, Justin Madugu, has expressed his optimism that the team will haul multiple winnings in the women category of the CAF Awards 2023 billed to be held in Abidjan, the capital City of Cote d’Ivoire on Monday, December 11, Completesports.com reports.
Speaking about the four Nigerians who have made the final nominations for the CAF Awards 2023 for women, Madugu who recently led the Super Falcons to qualify for the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco said he was sure that Nigerian ladies would pick at least three of the individual awards and a team Award.
Asisat Oshoala and Chiamaka Nnadozie are in the final three slots for the Player of The Year (Women) and Goalkeeper of The Year (Women) awards respectively. Deborah Abiodun is competing for the Young Player of The Year (Women) award, while Super Falcons are vying for the National Team of The Year (Women) award.
“On the CAF Awards 2023, I think Asisat Oshoala and Chiamaka Nnadozie winning in their respective categories are done and dusted. I believe the two of them should be declared winners of the categories they are vying for. They have done well enough to scoop the awards,” Madugu told Completesports.com.
“For the Young Player of the Year award which Deborah Abiodun is vying for, she has done very well too because if you look at her progression within the last year, she has improved a lot but the other young players who are competing with her have also done well. She is the one player I feel might have a tougher challenge than the other two,” the Adamawa-born tactician remarked.
On the National Team of The Year (Women) category, Madugu said he was banking on the Super Falcons’ impressive performance at the 2023 FIFA Women’s Cup in Australia and New Zealand where the team reached the Round of 16 but lost to England via penalties.
“Super Falcons have always been there as the best, and if you consider our performance over the past year more especially at the World Cup. Yes, we didn’t do well at the WAFCON but we still stand a good chance of winning the best women national team award,” Madugu who assisted Randy Waldrum at the World Cup concluded.
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja
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