CAF Awards to return after three-year pause

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Jun 2022

The awards given by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are set to return this year in a ceremony in Morocco after a three-year pause, the African football governing body announced on Sunday.



“This year’s edition of the prestigious award ceremony for African football — the 2022 CAF Awards — will return on Thursday, 21 July 2022 in Morocco,” reads a statement on the CAF’s official website.

“The CAF Awards will be held ahead of the final of Africa’s flagship women’s competitions — the TotalEnergies 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations in Morocco that is scheduled to take place from 2 to 23 July,” the statement added.

A major change was made to this year’s edition, as it will be based on the season rather than the calendar years like previous editions.

“The period under review is from September 2021 until June 2022,” the CAF explained.

As this year’s ceremony will also coincide with the two-year anniversary of the launch of the CAF Women’s Football Strategy, a new category will also be added to the awards.

“A new category — Women’s Interclub Player of the Year has been introduced following the successful roll-out of the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League in November 2021,” the CAF statement added.

Like previous editions, the awards categories will include Player of the Year (Men and Women), Interclub Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, and Goalkeeper of the Year.

The winners will be decided by votes from captains and coaches of the Member Associations, selected journalists, a CAF Technical Study Group, and CAF Legends.

The last edition of the CAF Awards was held in Egypt’s Hurghada in 2019, with Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala winning Africa’s Player of the Year for men and women respectively.

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