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

Emmitt needs to keep mouth shut

first_imgJust use “Emmitt needs to shut it” for the headline. I think you guys will like this one, it’s one of the better columns I’ve written so far.Emmitt Smith crafted an impressive career.18,355 yards, 164 touchdowns, three Super Bowl championships, and one embarrassing temper tantrum.What’s that? Whoops, that last one didn’t happen on the field, did it?In the 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys were America’s Team, the best team in any sport during that decade. This was largely due to their popular “Triplets,” running back Smith, quarterback Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin.Last week, six-time Pro Bowler Aikman was easily voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in his first year of eligibility. Irvin was snubbed in his second attempt.Many have speculated that Irvin was twice denied admission to the Hall because of his non-football-related endeavors. Ten years ago, in the height of his career, Irvin was busted for possession of cocaine, leading to probation and a hefty fine.This past November, the wideout-turned-ESPN analyst was arrested for an outstanding unpaid speeding ticket. He was then charged with a misdemeanor after police found drug paraphernalia within the star’s vehicle.Irvin, who acted childish after his rejection in 2005, chose to take the high road this year, displaying his joy for longtime teammate Aikman.”Last year this time, I was in my room crying. I couldn’t move,” Irvin told reporters after the announcement of the Hall of Fame inductees. “Now, I’m out here and I’m going to laugh and enjoy this moment for Troy. It’s not about me. It’s about Troy.”Whether sincere or not, it’s good to hear the big guy show some class in the wake of his disappointment; besides, it’s only a matter of time before No. 88 gets in the Hall.However, Smith, the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, decided to take a different approach.Smith, who is expected to be a unanimous choice for Canton in 2009 (once he becomes eligible), ripped into the Hall’s voting committee, arguing that one’s accomplishments on the gridiron should always overrule one’s off-field blunders.”This is the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not the Life Hall of Fame,” Smith told ESPN’s Roy Firestone in a Feb. 3 interview. “His stats are what they are. They are not going to change. This is what he’s done off the field — what has that got to do with what he’s done on the football field?”Now, I completely understand the legendary running back is more biased than the striped shirts in last Sunday’s Super Bowl. And, uh, that’s saying something.But if these words are truthful and justified, then I guess Pete Rose belongs in Cooperstown. I mean, who cares that the guy broke baseball’s golden rule? He had more hits than anyone else in the history of the game, so he should be in the Hall of Fame, according to Emmitt.Let’s take it a step further. Barry Bonds got ‘roided up in the clubhouse, which is obviously not on the diamond, so technically, his soon-to-be home run record should be good for Hall of Fame credentials, right?I could present more examples, but I think you get the point. Yes, on-field records and achievements are the key measure of who gets in and who goes home, but extremely dumb mistakes that take away from an athlete’s role model status should also play into consideration.Smith made another puzzling comment that I found interesting.”If you’re going to sit there behind closed doors and not show your face and not tell people who you voted for, shame on you,” he said. “Shame on you for a lot of reasons, because … if you’re man or woman enough to make a vote against a person, you should be man or woman enough to tell someone why you did it. That’s the part for me that’s totally disappointing.”He continued, “A player should be honored to be here. And when you start seeing stuff like this, what honor is there? Some people get snubbed because of what? Nobody knows. Everybody’s behind closed doors still making their vote, still walking up to the player’s face and smiling in their face and talking behind their back at the same time. That’s not cool.”I’m sorry, Emmitt, you lost me. Were we talking about the Hall of Fame or a day in the life of a fourth-grader?Walking up to the player’s face and smiling in their face and talking behind their back? I think I just had a flashback of the playground bullies picking on me during recess because I couldn’t make it across the monkey bars.Seriously though, does anybody know what Smith’s talking about? Maybe he’s gotten a hold of Ricky Williams’ wacky weed.If he’s going to defend a former mate, he might as well stick to the topic of why Irvin deserves to be enshrined in Canton.After all, seeing as his laughable interview was conducted away from the football field, this might affect his status for the Hall in three years.At least under Emmitt’s logic.last_img read more