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Ighalo in 10-man shortlist for CAF Footballer of the Year award



Odion Ighalo with Super Eagles vs Seychelles

Former Nigeria international, Odion Ighalo is still in the running for the CAF 2019 Footballer of the Year prize as the list is pruned from 30 to 10.

Ighalo finished as the highest goal scorer in both the qualifiers and competition proper of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The Shenghai Shenhua forward helped Nigeria to win bronze at the continental flagship event before retiring from international football.

Also on the shortlist for the big prize are Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and AFCON winner and Algeria star forward, Riyad Mahrez.

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In the Youth Player of the Year category, Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze are still in the running after the list was trimmed down to five.

Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr missed out in the five-man list for Men’s Coach of the Year while former Super Falcons handler Thomas Dennerby made the list for Women’s Coach of the Year.

In the Women’s Player of The Year shortlist, Asisat Oshoala is the only Nigerian now left as Chiamaka Nnadozie and Uchenna Kanu were dropped.

In the men and women National Team of the Year category, the Super Eagles and Super Falcons are in the running respectively.

The CAF Awards gala will take place on Tuesday, January 7 at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.

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