Ten days after the confederation of African football (CAF) announced the list of players nominated for the 2019 African player of the year, the governing body for African football, on Wednesday, pruned the list of candidates.
AFCON 2019 top scorer, Odion Ighalo is the only Nigerian player that made the latest 10-man shortlist, meaning Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Lille’s Victor Osimhen are no more in the running for the prize.
Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala is among five players competing for the women’s version of the award, facing challenge from Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga), Gabrielle Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moscow), Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning) and Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix Fc).
Osimhen however is still in contention for the youth player of the year along with Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze, Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund), Krépin diatta (Senegal & Club Brugge) and Moussa Djenepo (Mali & Southampton).
Ex-super falcons boss Thomas Dennerby will battle four other coaches for the women’s coach of the year.
The super eagles and super falcons remain in contention for the men’s national team of the year and women’s national team of the year respectively.