Nominees for the CAF Women’s Player of The Year Award have been unveiled, and the Super Falcons lead the nominations with seven players making the list. Asisat Oshoala, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Rasheedat Ajibade, Toni Payne, Christy Ucheibe, Osinachi Ohale, and Uchenna Kanu are among the standout individuals recognized for their contributions.
The Super Falcons showcased their prowess by reaching the round of 16 in the Women’s World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. Although narrowly missing the quarter-finals after a penalty shootout against England, their impressive performance earned them recognition on the continental stage.
At the club level, several Falcons players demonstrated exceptional skills. Ajibade, a key figure for Atletico Madrid, displayed consistency, scoring nine goals in 28 games. Toni Payne, contributing to Sevilla Women, notched three goals and four assists in 28 appearances. Oshoala, nominated for the Ballon d’Or, played a pivotal role in Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League triumph, securing the Laliga title with an outstanding record of 21 goals and three assists in 28 appearances.
The list includes 30 players vying for the prestigious Player of the Year, a title Oshoala secured for a record fifth time in the last Awards Gala in Rabat, Morocco. Additionally, the inaugural CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year award will be introduced, with Nnadozie, a standout performer for Paris FC, among the favorites.
Ten nominees each have been selected for various categories, including Interclub Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, National Team of the Year, and Young Player of the Year (limited to players not more than 21 years old). The ongoing CAF Women’s Champions League finalists in Ivory Coast automatically secure a spot in the Club of the Year category.
The Awards Gala, scheduled for December 11 in Marrakech, Morocco, is anticipated to attract the elite figures of African football, celebrating the remarkable achievements in women’s football on the continent.