Achraf Hakimi, a Moroccan international football player, has been nominated for the title of Young African Player of the Year, announced on Wednesday by the African Football Confederation (CAF).
Four other young players are competing for the title, which will be revealed on January 7 in Egypt. The Senegalese Kribin Diata, Malian Moussa Djenbo and the two Nigerians, Samuel Chikwizi and Victor Osmin, said CAF, which unveiled a shortlist of finalists for the titles of the best coach, team, player and young player on the African continent for 2019.
Arab football players are present in all categories. As for the title of African Player of the Year, in addition to Togolese Kodjo Laba, four Arab footballers are in the running: Anis El Badri and Taha Yassine El Khanissi from Tunisia, Tarek Hamed from Egypt and Youssef Belaili from Algeria.
Regarding the title of Best Coach of the Year, the list of finalists includes 3 coaches and 2 club coaches. They are Aliou Cissé, Jamal Belmadi and Nicolas Dupuy, respectively coaches of Senegal, Algeria and Madagascar. The selected club coaches are Mouine Chaabani of Tunis Esperance and Christian Gross, former Swiss coach of Zamalek.
For the title of best men’s team, five teams are in the running: Algeria, Tunisia, Madagascar, Nigeria and Senegal. The best women’s selection is between Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.
Cameroonian women Agara Nshot and Gabriele Ungweny, Nigerian Assisat Oshwala, Malawian Tabitha Shawenga and South African Thembi Kgatlana are competing for the title of African Player of the Year.