Osimhen, Chukwueze, Oshoala up for CAF awards + list of top contenders

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Oshoala visits Lagos Oba Nigerian star football players: Asisat Oshoala, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, are in the shortlist for honours at the 2019 CAF Awards ceremony scheduled for the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday night. Winner of the gong in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and also among the final three in 2018, Super Falcons’ captain Oshoala, is highly favoured for a fourth African Woman Player of the Year crown, which will equal the feat of fellow Nigerian, Perpetua Nkwocha. The other contenders are Ajara Nchout from Cameroon and South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana, who was crowned in Dakar, Senegal 12 months ago. Super Eagles’ aces Chukwueze and Osimhen are in the battle for the Young Player of the Year award, with Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi up against the duo. Nigeria’s Super Falcons is primed for the award of the Women’s National Team of the Year, having successfully retained their continental crown in Ghana in December 2018 and reached the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France last year summer. Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses and Banyana Banyana of South Africa are contending against the nine-time African champions. Former Super Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby, is also in the running for honours after being listed for the Women’s Coach of the Year for his work with the Super Falcons. Dennerby will battle South Africa’s Desire Ellis and Cameroon’s Alain Djeumfa. The final phase of voting for the men’s and women’s African Player of the Year, as well as the male and female Coach of the Year, will be selected by Head Coaches/Technical Directors and Captains of senior national teams from CAF Member Associations. Meanwhile, the Interclubs Player of the Year will be decided upon by the Head Coaches and Captains of the group phase of the current season of CAF Interclubs competitions.The top three contenders for all the categories: African Player of the Year Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool) Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City) Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool) African Women’s Player of the Year Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga) Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona) Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix FC)African Interclubs Player of the Year Anice Badri (Tunisia & Esperance) Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek) Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)African Youth Player of the Year Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund) Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria & Villarreal) Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)African Men’s Coach of the Year Aliou Cisse (Senegal – Senegal) Djamel Belmadi (Algeria – Algeria) Moïne Chaâbani (Tunisia – Esperance)African Women’s Coach of the Year Alain Djeumfa (Cameroon) Desiree Ellis (South Africa) Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria) African Men’s National Team of the Year Algeria Madagascar SenegalAfrican Women’s National Team of the Year Cameroon Nigeria South Africa.Tags: 2019 CAF AwardsAsisat OshoalaSamuel ChukwuezeVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Leafs’ John Tavares has ‘absolutely no regrets’ over leaving Islanders

first_imgJohn Tavares is content with his choice to leave New York for Toronto.The Maple Leafs center is nearing his return to Nassau Coliseum to face his former team Feb. 28 but isn’t having second thoughts about his decision to leave the Islanders last year. Related News The Islanders topped Tavares, 4-0, at Toronto in their first meeting Dec. 29.“Obviously, it’ll be nice to see a lot of familiar faces and be back in a place that … still does mean a lot to me in my career,” Tavares said. “As best I can, I’ll try to treat it like any other game. Obviously, it probably won’t be like that … Whatever the reception is, I’ll just focus on playing and trying to play well.”Tavares, 28, was selected by the Islanders with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The five-time All-Star has 33 goals and 27 assists in 55 games this season. Ducks fire coach Randy Carlyle, name GM Bob Murray as interim coach “I have absolutely no regrets,” Tavares said, via Newsday. “I’m in a great spot here. It’s been a tremendous opportunity, and we’re just beginning.”Tavares spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Islanders, but the captain became an unrestricted free agent after failing to agree to an eight-year extension with the Islanders. He was quickly picked up by the Maple Leafs after hitting the open market, a move that was “a childhood dream” of his.last_img read more