It was a sad turn of events as the Super Eagles’ duo of Moses Simon and Akinkunmi Amoo had failed to cut it to make the final shortlist for the nominees for the men’s categories of the CAF Awards 2022 which was recently vetted out by the sports organisation.
France-based Simon who plays for FC Nantes and Amoo of Danish side FC Copenhagen were identified as the only Nigerians to make the first list.
The list had been released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on June 30. But when the final list came out on Monday, the two players were not part of the elite African performers in the last few months who made the top list.
Earlier, Simon was listed for the Player of the Year award, while Amoo was listed for the Young Player of the Year award.
The CAF Awards 2022 will be held in Rabat, Morocco on July 21.
However, the final list has reigning CAF African Player of the Year Sadio Mane (Senegal and Bayern Munich), amongst others.
There are also former winners Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Manchester City) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool).
One of the highly-contested categories is that of the CAF Coach of the Year, where Aliou Cisse, Pitso Mosimane, Carlos Queiroz, Tom Saintfiet, and Walid Regragui have made the final cut.
The Player of the Year and Interclub Player of the Year categories have 10 nominees each.
The Young Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, National Team of the Year, and Club of the Year categories have five nominees each.
The winners of each category will be decided by a voting panel that will include CAF Technical Committee members, and selected media professionals. The panel will also have Head Coaches and Captains of Member-Associations and clubs involved in the group stage of the Interclub competitions for the 2021/22 season.
The women’s categories’ final shortlist will be announced in due course.
Full List of Nominees (in alphabetical order by Member-Association):
Player of the Year (Men)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Manchester City)
Toko Ekambi (Cameroon and Olympique Lyonnais)
Vincent Aboubacar (Cameroon and Al Nassr)
Sebastien Haller (Cote d’Ivoire and Borussia Dortmund)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)
Naby Keita (Guinea and Liverpool)
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Paris Saint-Germain)
Edouard Mendy (Senegal and Chelsea)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal and Napoli)
Sadio Mane (Senegal and Bayern Munich)
Interclub Player of the Year (Men)
Tiago Azulao (Petro Atletico)
Karim Konate (ASEC Mimosas)
Aliou Dieng (Al Ahly)
Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly)
Percy Tau (Al Ahly)
Mohamed Sherif (Al Ahly)
Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly)
Achraf Dari (Wydad Athletic Club)
Yahya Jabrane (Wydad Athletic Club)
Zouheir El Moutaraji (Wydad Athletic Club)
Young Player of the Year (Men)
Dango Ouattara (Burkina Faso and Lorient)
Karim Konate (Cote d’Ivoire and ASEC/RB Salzburg)
Kamaldeen Sulemana (Ghana and Rennes)
Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal and Metz)
Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia and Manchester United)
Coach of the Year (Men)
Carlos Queiroz (Egypt)
Pitso Mosimane (Al Ahly)
Tom Saintfiet (The Gambia)
Walid Regragui (Wydad Athletic Club)
Aliou Cisse (Senegal)
National Team of the Year
Club of the Year
Petro Atletico (Angola)
Al Ahly (Egypt)
RS Berkane (Morocco)
Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)
Orlando Pirates (South Africa)