18 December 2017 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released the final list of nominees for the AITEO CAF Awards 2017, and Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana and Thembi Kgatlana have made the top three in their respective categories.
Banyana Banyana will battle it out with the Ghana and Nigeria U20 National Teams for the Women’s National Team of the Year Award.
Kgatlana will have to fight off the challenge of Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene of Cameroon for the Women’s Player of the Year award.
The nomination for the South African Senior Women’s National Team is as a result of them lifting the COSAFA Women’s Championship in Zimbabwe in September this year, where they were unbeaten in the tournament. The victory ensured they won the title a record fourth time.
Kgatlana was voted Player of the Tournament at the same competition and has won several individual awards this year, including, Player of the Year at the SAFA Cape Town Awards and Sports Person of the Year at the University of Western Cape.
Banyana Banyana and Kgatlana are the only South African representatives.
The winners will be decided by votes from the members of the CAF Technical & Development Committee, CAF Media Experts Panel and Independent Media and TV Consultants.
The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.
Women’s Player of the Year
Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & UWC Ladies)
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dalian Quanjian)
Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moscow)
Women’s National Team of the Year
Club of the Year:
Men’s National Team of the Year:
Coach of the Year:
Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)
Hector Cuper (Egypt)
Hussein Amotta (Wydad Casablanca)
Youth Player of the Year:
Krepin Diatta (Senegal)
Patson Daka (Zambia)
Salam Giddou (Mali)
African player of the Year:
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Gabon)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal)