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Enyeama, Musa survive cut for GLO-CAF award 'Oshoala, Oparanozie contend for women's gong

Published by Tribune on Tue, 02 Dec 2014

NIGERIAN players, Vincent Enyeama and Ahmed Musa survived the cut to remain in contention for the 2014 GLO-CAF African Footballer of the Year award after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) pruned the number from 25 on Sunday.CAF had released a shortlist of 25 players in November for this year's award but reduced the names to five at the weekend. The final shortlist of three will be released before the January 8 awards night in Lagos.According to the list, Lille of France's Enyeama and Musa, who plays professional football at CSKA of Moscow will be up against reigning champion Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Ivory Coast; Asamoah Gyan of Ghana and Al-Ain of UAE and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund.However, Ejike Uzoenyi, the only Nigerian in the initial 20-man list of nominees for the African Footballer of the Year award (Based in Africa), did not make the list of five in that category. The survivors in this category are Algeria and ES Setif's Akram Djahnit and El Hedi Belamieri; Firmin Mubel Ndombe of Congo and As Vita; Fakhereddine Ben Youssef of Tunisia and CS Sfaxien and late Senso Meyiwa of South Africa and Orlando Pirates.In the women's category, Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie are up against Annette Ngo Ndom of Cameroon, Portia Modise of South Africa and Namibia's Zenatha Coleman for the African Footballer of the Year award.Oshoala won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held in Canada and was also the Most Valuable Player of the ninth African Women's Championship in Namibia, where Oparanozie emerged the highest goal scorer.Oshoala's name's also features as a nominee for the Youth Player of the Year award and another Nigerian nominee in this category is Uchechi Sunday. Both of them have Cameroon's Fabrice Ondoa and Kader Bidimbou of Congo Brazaville to contend with.The Nigerian U-20 Women's female team is up for the U-20 Women's Team of the Year award with Cameroon and Ivory Coast.
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