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CAF Awards: Uganda, Onyango Make New Final Shortlist

Uganda’s senior men National Football team, the Cranes and captain Dennis Onyango have made the final shortlist for the 2018 CAF awards.

The list released by CAF on Friday afternoon, sees many nations and players cut off ahead of the final event set for uesday, 8 January 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.

The shortlisted nominees have been decided by votes from the members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee.

The awards seek to recognise footballers, nations and other officials who distinguished themselves during the year.

The final phase will involve votes from CAF Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, and Coaches and Captains of the 54 Member Associations.

Uganda Cranes make the cut following a successfully qualifying campaign to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations that will be staged in Cameroon, with a game to spare.

The Cranes currently lead AFCON qualification group L with 13 points. The team has scored 7 goals from five games and are yet to concede from as many games.


There are three remaining teams, from a previous list that had six nations for the Men’s team of the year category. Madagascar and Mauritania join Uganda for the final shortlist.

Guinea Bisau, Kenya and Zimbabwe have missed out.

National Team captain Dennis Onyango also made it to the final ten. He won this similar category in 2016.

It should be noted that Uganda is ranked 75th in the recently release FIFA world rankings.

Final Shortlist

*African Player of the Year
1. Alex Iwobi (Nigeria & Arsenal)
2. Andre Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)
3. Anis Badri (Tunisia & Esperance)
4. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
5. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)
6. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
8. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
9. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
10. Walid Soliman (Egypt & Ahly)

*Women’s Player of the Year
1. Abdulai Mukarama (Ghana & Northern Ladies)
2. Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dilian Quanjian)
3. Bassira Toure (Mali & AS Mande)
4. Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)
5. Elizabeth Addo (Ghana & Seattle Reign)
6. Francisca Ordega (Nigeria & Washington Spirit)
7. Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moskow)
8. Janine Van Wyk (South Africa & Houston Dash)
9. Onome Ebi (Nigeria & Hekan Huisanhang)
10. Raissa Feudjio (Cameroon & Aland United)
11. Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning)

*Youth Player of the Year
1. Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmunmd)
2. Franck Kessie (Cote d’Ivoire & AC Milan)
3. Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria & Leicester City)

*Men’s Coach of the Year
1. Aliou Cisse (Senegal)
2. Herve Renard (Morocco)
3. Moine Chaabani (Esperance)

*Women’s Coach of the Year
1. Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
2. Joseph Brian Ndoko (Cameroon)
3. Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)

*Men’s National Team of the Year
1. Madagascar
2. Mauritania
3. Uganda

*Women’s National Team of the Year
1. Cameroon
2. Nigeria
3. South Africa

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