Achraf Hakimi, a Moroccan international footballer, has been shortlisted for the title of young African player of the year, unveiled on Wednesday by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Four other young players are competing for this title, which will be revealed on January 7th in Egypt. Senegalese Kribin Diata, Malian Moussa Djenbo and two Nigerians, Samuel Chikwizi and Victor Osmin, said CAF, which announced a shortlist of finalists for the best coach, team, player and youth titles of African continent player for 2019.
Arab footballers are present in all categories. Regarding the title of the African player of the year, in addition to Togolese Kodjo Laba, four Arab footballers are in the running: Tunisian Anis El Badri and Taha Yassine El Khanissi, Egyptian Tarek Hamed and Algerian Youssef Belaili.
Regarding the title of the 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 breeders from Senegal, Algeria and Madagascar. The club coaches selected are Mouine Chaabani of Esperance Tunis and Christian Gross, former Swiss coach of Zamalek.
For the title of best men’s selection, five teams are in contention: Algeria, Tunisia, Madagascar, Nigeria and Senegal. The best women’s selection is between Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.
Cameroon’s Agara Nshot and Gabriele Ungweny, Assisat Oshwala of Nigeria, Malawee Tabitha Shawenga and South African Thembi Kgatlana are competing for the title of the best African player of the year.