Oshoala, Kgatlana, Chawinga and Nchout top African Women’s Player of the Year shortlist

The governing body has put out a 10-woman shortlist for the 2019 award, with the Barcelona and Valerenga stars making the cut.

Asisat Oshoala is eyeing a fourth African Women’s Player of the Year prize after making the nominees list announced by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) for the 2019 award.

Oshoala, won three of the last five prizes after exploits at the U20 World Cup in 2014, African Women’s Cup of Nations success in 2016 and a fine outing with Dalian Quanjian in China in 2017.

Another win will see the Nigeria star become the second to be handed the continent’s Women’s Player of the Year four times in history, tieing with compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha.

Holder Thembi Kgatlana, who scored South Africa‘s only goal at the Women’s World Cup in France and netted six times in 14 games for Beijing Phoenix in China also made the 10-strong list, alongside compatriot Refiloe Jane, who led Banyana Banyana to the Cosafa Women’s Cup triumph.

Jiangsu Suning and Malawi forward Tabitha Chawinga, who made the list in two previous seasons, alongside colleague Elizabeth Addo of Ghana were included, having won a quadruple in China.

Meanwhile, Cameroon’s Aboudi Onguene, who won a maiden Russian title with CSKA Moscow is on the list, along with Tenerife forward Ange N’Guessan of Cote d’Ivoire as well as Nigeria duo of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and forward Uchenna Kanu.

For the Women’s Team of the Year category, Olympic qualifiers Zambia and Cameroon were joined by Cosafa Cup winners South Africa, Wafu Cup champions Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya.

Cameroon’s Alain Djeumfa and Zambia’s Bruce Nwape top the Women’s Coach of the Year shortlist, along with Nigeria’s Thomas Dennerby,  Kenya’s David Ouma and South Africa’s Desiree Ellis.

The nomination will be pruned to three players, coaches, teams later this year, while the winners will be announced during the Awards Gala ceremony billed for Cairo, Egypt on January 7, 2019.

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