The Confederation of African Football (CAF) unveiled this Sunday the lists of the three best candidates in all categories for the CAF Awards 2019.
In the category of best African hope of the year, the Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, member of the German club Borussia Dortmund, will compete with the Nigerians Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal/Spain) and Victor Osimhen (Lille/France).
For the title of African player of the year, the list includes Egyptian Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/England), Algerian Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City/England) and Senegalese Sadio Mane (Liverpool/England).
As for the trio in the race for the title of best coach of an African team of the year, it consists of the Senegalese Aliou Cisse (Senegal), the Algerian Djamel Belmadi (Algeria) and the Tunisian Moïne Chaâbani (Espérance de Tunis).
Tunisian Anice Badri (Tunisia/Hope), Egyptian Tarek Hamed (Egypt/Zamalek) and Algerian Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Hope/Ahli Jeddah) will be candidates for the title of African interclub player of the year, while the category of the best African national team of the year consists of Algeria, Madagascar and Senegal.
The first three were selected following votes from a CAF technical and development committee and a panel of media experts, according to the website of the governing body of African football.
The final phase of the vote for the African player of the year in men and women, as well as the coach man and woman of the year, will be made by the coaches/technical directors and the captains of the national teams A associations CAF members.
The winners of each category will be announced at the CAF Awards ceremony, which will take place on January 7, 2020, in Egypt, in Hurghada.
The event will pay tribute to the footballers and personalities of African football who distinguished themselves during the year 2019. There will also be several new award categories in recognition of unprecedented contributions to African football.