Cairo, Egypt Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia, the Stallions of Burkina Faso and Super Eagles of Nigeria have been nominated for the 2013 Glo-CAF National Team of the Year Award. The winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria.
National Team of the Year
Ethiopia Ethiopia had a stellar year reaching the finals of the Africa Cup of Nation for the first time since 1982. Parading a squad dominated by homegrown players, the Walyas made a statement at the continental championship in South Africa, despite housed in the same group with eventual finalists, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. They also reached the playoffs for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the closest they had come to reaching the Mundial. Ethiopia also qualified for the Orange CHAN South Africa 2014.Ã‚Â
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso attained unarguably the best moment in their football history during the year under review. Les Etalons were runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, losing to Nigeria 1-0 in the final. They also reached the playoffs of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, losing out to Algeria on the away-goal rule after a 3-3 tie.
Nigeria National team The Super Eagles had an outstanding year winning the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, the third time in their history. As AfricaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s representatives at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, they gave a good account of themselves managing a 6-1 win over Tahiti but failed to progress to the next round. They also qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, their fifth time after 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. For a complete list of Glo-CAF Awards, visit CAFonline.com
Shortlists for Player of the Year revealed The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released the shortlists for the 2013 African Player of the Year and the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa). This follows voting from members of the Technical & Development and the Media Committees from the initial list of nominees. Ten (10) players made the cut for the flagship African Player of the Year category, and five (5) for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa). The Head Coaches of the National Associations affiliated to CAF will vote in their order of preference to decide on the eventual winners of the two categories. Initially, twenty-five (25) players were named for African Player of the Year category, and twenty-one (21) for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa). The winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. Ivorian Yaya Toure is the reigning African Player of the Year and Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa). Read more