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Nigeria’s Super Falcons, Oshoala, Osimhen In Line For Honours At CAF Awards

Nigerian star football players Asisat Oshoala, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze are in the shortlist for honours at the 2019 CAF Awards ceremony scheduled for the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday night.

Winner of the gong in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and also among the final three in 2018, Super Falcons’ captain Asisat Oshoala is highly favoured for a fourth African Woman Player of the Year crown, which will equal the feat of fellow Nigerian, Perpetua Nkwocha.

The other contenders are Ajara Nchout from Cameroon and South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana, who was crowned in Dakar, Senegal 12 months ago.

Super Eagles’ aces Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen are in the battle for the Young Player of the Year award, with Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi up against the duo.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons is primed for the award of the Women’s National Team of the Year, having successfully retained their continental crown in Ghana in December 2018 and reached the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France last year summer. Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses and Banyana Banyana of South Africa are contending against the nine-time African champions.

Former Super Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby is also in the running for honours after being listed for the Women’s Coach of the Year for his work with the Super Falcons. He will battle South Africa’s Desire Ellis and Cameroon’s Alain Djeumfa.

The final phase of voting for the men’s and women’s African Player of the Year, as well as the male and female Coach of the Year, will be selected by Head Coaches/Technical Directors and Captains of senior national teams from CAF Member Associations.

Meanwhile, the Interclubs Player of the Year will be decided upon by the Head Coaches and Captains of the group phase of the current season of CAF Interclubs competitions.

Victor Osimhen of Nigeria during the friendly match between Nigeria and Zimbabwe at Stephen Keshi Stadium on June 09, 2019 in Asaba, Nigeria. (Photo by Shengolpixs)

The top three (3) contenders for all the categories:

African Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)

Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

Asisat Oshoala

African Women’s Player of the Year

Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga)

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix FC)

African Interclubs Player of the Year

Anice Badri (Tunisia & Esperance)

Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek)

Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)

Former Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi closes in on Samuel Chukwueze during a training season

African Youth Player of the Year

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)

Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria & Villarreal)

Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)

African Men’s Coach of the Year

Aliou Cisse (Senegal – Senegal)

Djamel Belmadi (Algeria – Algeria)

Moïne Chaâbani (Tunisia – Esperance)

Dennerby (left) with Norway Coach Martin Sjogren at the Stade Auguste Delaune

African Women’s Coach of the Year

Alain Djeumfa (Cameroon)

Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)

African Men’s National Team of the Year




African Women’s National Team of the Year



South Africa


Organisers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards have announced plans to stage the 7th edition of the annual football awards. Speaking in the nation’s capital, Abuja, Shina Philips, the CEO/MD of Matchmakers Consult International, organisers of the awards, stated that arrangements have been concluded to kick off activities leading to the award ceremony which is scheduled to hold in March 2020.

‘We have come a long way since the first edition in Calabar in 2013. Despite the challenges with sponsorship, we have continued to advance the course of football in Nigeria through the Nigeria Pitch Awards. We have lined up a plethora of interesting events to make the 7th edition of the awards a huge success’, Philips said.

Speaking further, Philips said voting by sports editors spread across the 36 states of the federation would begin in the second week of December 2019. ‘The process usually begins with voting by over 100 sports editors in the 36 states of the country. Voting will begin in the second week of December and this will be on till the second week of January 2020.’

From Right: Super Eagles and Leicester City FC Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi receiving his award statuette and certificate for Midfielder of the Year 2018 from Ahmed Fresh, NFF Board Member at the 2018 Award Ceremony in Asaba

Speaking on what football fans should look at for in the 7th edition, Philips said ‘We will continue to sustain the high standards set from the first edition. The voting process will remain credible and transparent and we will stage an award ceremony that all football administrators, footballers, winners and voters will be proud of’, Philips concluded.

The Nigeria Pitch Awards was endorsed by the Nigeria Football Federation in 2012. The voting process which involves voting by sports editors across the country is coordinated by SIAO Partners, Nigeria’s foremost indigenous accounting firm. The annual award ceremony usually takes place on the night of a Super Eagles match in the country. The awards is arguably Nigeria’s only audited awards and the longest running football awards in Nigeria.


Eliud Kipchoge and Dalilah Muhammad have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2019, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Saturday (23).

Kipchoge, the winner of the award last year, added to his phenomenal marathon CV in 2019. In April he captured his fourth victory at the London Marathon with a 2:02:37 course record, the third fastest performance of all time. The 35-year-old Kenyan followed up in October by blasting through the distance’s two-hour barrier with a 1:59:40.2 performance at the Ineos159 Challenge in Vienna.

Muhammad, 29, broke the world record in the 400m hurdles twice this year, first with a 52.20 performance at the US Championships in July to eclipse a mark which had stood since 2003. Muhammad broke it again at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, clocking 52.16 in one of the championships’ most eagerly-awaited finals to claim the world title for the first time. Muhammad also won world gold in the 4x400m relay and won five of her seven races.


Male Rising Star – Selemon Barega
Barega, 19, was the silver medallist in the 5000m at the World Championships, and finished fifth in the senior race at the World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019. The Ethiopian also produced world U20 leads at both the 5000m and 10,000m with 12:53.04 and 26:49.46, respectively.

Female Rising Star – Yaroslava Mahuchikh
Mahuchikh, the 2017 world U18 champion, continued her ascension into the high jump elite at the World Championships where she twice broke the world U20 record, first with a leap of 2.02m and again with a clearance of 2.04m to secure the silver medal. The 18-year-old also won the European U20 title.

Coaching Achievement – Brother Colm O’Connell
During a coaching career that has spanned more than four decades, O’Connell, an Irish missionary who has lived in Iten, Kenya, since 1976, has coached 25 world champions and four Olympic gold medallists, including Wilson Kipketer and David Rudisha, the World Athletes of the Year in 1997 and 2010, respectively. Kipketer presented him with his award.

Fair Play Award – Braima Suncar Dabo
Dabo, a distance runner from Guinea-Bissau, made headlines around the world after he helped fellow runner, Jonathan Busby of Aruba, to the finish line during their opening round heat of the 5000m at the World Championships. Busby was near collapse with about 200 metres left in the race, when Dabo stopped to help his distressed fellow competitor.

Dalilah Muhammad
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Presidents Award – Vikki Orvice
Orvice, a long-time British athletics journalist for The Sun, passed away last February after a long battle with cancer. Orvice served as chairperson of the British Athletics Writers Association (BAWA) between 2003 and 2005, the first woman to be appointed the role. She was also vice-chair of the Football Writers Association, one of the directors of Women In Football and a member of the IAAF Press and Media Operations Advisory Group.

Woman of the Year – Derartu Tulu
The Ethiopian distance running legend who won Olympic 10,000m titles in 1992 and 2000, Tulu has served as acting president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation since November 2018. She is also a Council member of the African Athletics Confederation and vice president of the East Africa Athletics Region.


Athletics Photograph of the Year – Felix Sanchez Arrazola
The Spanish photographer’s image of a jubilant Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce moments after winning her fourth world 100m title was judged to be the winner from this year’s shortlist of four photographs. Arrazola also won the award in 2019.

World Athletics


With just 11 days to go until the World Athletics Awards 2019, the names of the five finalists for the Female World Athlete of the Year 2019 have been confirmed.

The five athletes, who represent five countries from four Area associations, have illustrated excellence across nearly all athletics disciplines in 2019.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
– won world 100m and 4x100m titles in world-leading times of 10.71 and 41.44
– won Pan-American 200m title
– won seven of her 10 races at 100m

Sifan Hassan (NED)
– won world 1500m and 10,000m titles in world-leading times of 3:51.95 and 30:17.62
– won Diamond League 1500m and 5000m titles
– broke world mile record with 4:12.33 in Monaco

Brigid Kosgei (KEN)
– set a world record of 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon
– won the London Marathon
– ran a world-leading 1:05:28 for the half marathon and 1:04:28 on a downhill course

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Dalilah Muhammad (USA)
– broke world record with 52.20 at the US Championships
– improved her own world record to win the world 400m hurdles title in 52.16
– won world 4x400m title

Yulimar Rojas (VEN)
– won world triple jump title with 15.37m
– jumped world-leading 15.41m to move to second on the world all-time list
– won nine of her 12 competitions, including the Pan-American Games

Voting procedure for 2019 World Athletes of the Year
A three-way voting process determined the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via our social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closed on 5 November.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday 23 November.

World Athletics

D’Tigress, NBBF Bag FIBA Recognition As Sports Minister Lauds NBBF

Another feather was added to the already decorated cap of the Nigeria Basketball Federation in the wee hours of Thursday in China.

The NBBF was recognised as the federation with the Most Improved Women Team between 2017 – 2019 at the plenary session of FIBA Congress and Awards Ceremony which took place in Beijing on Thursday.

Ogunade (Vice President) and Col Sam Ahmedu (rtd) (International Representative) during the celebration witnessed by 156 National Federations.

The women team under the period in review won 2 FIBA Afrobasket championships and became the first African country to qualify for the quarter finals of the 2018 Women World Cup in Spain.

Speaking after the ceremony, Kida said the award is a validation of the improved status of Nigerian basketball since the board was elected in 2017.

“As a board, we have invested our personal money, time and energy in the last 2 years to drive basketball in Nigeria. Earlier in the year, we were celebrated by FIBA Africa which spurred us to do more.”

“We have gone a step further to do more which has once again been rewarded with another AFROBASKET title in Senegal which has seen our unbeaten run in the championship stretching to 14 over the course of 3 championships”, Kida said.

Nigeria Basketball Federation President Kida

An elated Kida thanked every stakeholder who contributed to basketball growth saying the award is just the first of many more to come and a call for more sacrifice from all.

The FIBA Award for success and excellent work was picked up by Kida.

The Minister of Sports, Dare Sunday took to twitter to congratulate the NBBF for elevating basketball since coming into office 2 years ago.

He pledged government’s unflinching support to the board led by Kida saying they are living up to the expectations of Nigerians and sports stakeholders.

Successful Innovations At The 6th Edition Of the African Football Night in Lomé

As a conclusion to 6th edition of The African Football Night, Foot Media Events and the Organising Committee released the key facts and figures of the event held on 27 July in Lomé under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Faure GNASSINGBE, President of the Togolese Republic. With 6 awards given to African football legends including Daniel Amokachi, Shabani Nonda, TP Mazembe, Thierno Seydi, Mohamed Aboutrika and Emmanuel Adebayor, 614 participants to the Gala Dinner, a record attendance of 30,000 enthusiastic supporters at the newly inaugurated stadium of Kégué, 15 media partnerships, a panel and a business networking event dedicated to the African sports industry, the 6th edition of The African Football Night is definitely a success.

“The Togolese Republic was very proud to welcome this federating event in its capital, in line with Togo’s wish to host major Pan-African events,” said Folly Bazi Katari, Minister for Communication, Sports and Education to Citizenship of the Togolese Republic. “This event also gave us a great opportunity to present Togo’s efforts to promote sports activities, notably through the construction of new infrastructures and through the development of high-level training activities. Togo is committed to its athletes and federations and is keen to promote the sport industry as a whole,” he added.

A member of the organising committee and director of Impulse Africa, Anne-Elvire Esmel spoke about the innovations of the 6th edition, whose theme was Sport and Development: “First, a business networking event allowed for presenting some key projects of interest to the sports community, including the AfricArena and DiaspoLab funds designed to support initiatives with a strong social and economic impact in Africa, and the MercyShips hospital ship project,” she explained, adding: “We then organised a high-level panel with Joseph-Antoine Bell, Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, Founder of the Diambars Institute, and Samba Bathily, President of the ADS Group, on economic development opportunities in the sector, particularly in terms of training and enhancing sports infrastructure”. These two concepts have been successfully tested and may be repeated again in the future.

“For the organisation of this 6th edition, we have received an incredible support from the Togolese authorities, to whom we are very grateful. The coordination process was very efficient and enabled us to reach a result that was beyond our ambitions. I also want to thank all the teams mobilised in Lome, Abidjan, Ouagadougou, Dakar and Paris for their dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism. The African Football Night demonstrates that we now have the African skills and competences to deliver high quality events on this continent, “said Yves Sawadogo, President of Foot Media Events and promoter of the project. “We want to remain a key milestone in the African sports calendar while becoming a reference platform bringing together sports communities closer to the private sector and public decision-makers, in order to allow for concrete projects in favour of sport in Africa to emerge” he added, explaining his long-term vision.

A documentary film focussing on key highlights of July 27 will soon be available. The teams have already started to prepare for the next edition, following the same approach consisting in involving sports communities, public institutions and private sector actors and encouraging them to act positively in favour of the development of sports value chains in Africa.

Nomination Opens For 2019 Nigerian Sports Award

Organisers of Nigeria’s most prestigious sports award – Nigerian Sports Award has announced opening of entries for the different categories of the 2019 edition of the award.

According to a statement issued and signed by the Executive Director, Nigerian Sports Award, Mr. Kayode Idowu, the nominations which heralds the commencement of activities for the 2019 edition of the award opened on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 and ends on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

According to the statement, a total of 21 categories are open for nomination from the general public in this year’s edition of the award. These categories recognise individuals; male; female; physically challenged; continental participants; indigenous games, media and community builders.

They include; Racket Sports Person of the Year (Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton and Squash),

Team Sports Person of the Year (Handball, Volleyball, Football, Basketball),

Combat Sports Personality of the Year (Wrestling, Karate, Judo, Taekwondo & Boxing),

Individual sports person of the year (Weight lifting, Athletics),

Basketball player of the Year, Coach of the Year,

Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women),

Footballer of the Year (Men).

Managing Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Kayode Idowu; Chief Executive Officer, Master Sport International, Mitchel Obi; Veteran Sport Broadcaster and member of the Nigerian Sports Award Panel (NSA), Fabio Lanipekun; Chairman of the Panel, Kweku Tandoh

Others include; Wrestler of the Year, School Sport Award, Para Sports Person of the Year, Team of the Year, Athletics Star of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Sports Journalist of the Year (Radio), Sports Journalist of the Year (TV), Sports Journalist of the Year (Print) and Sports Photo Journalist of the Year.

Idowu also stated that this year, nominations can be done through three channels; Online through the award official website –, the manual entries (hard copies) nomination forms available at all Sports Federation Secretariats across the country or via social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook) using each category’s hashtag.

For example, to nominate your Footballer of the Year (Women), all you need to do is type #NSA2019 (Space) #FOTYW (Space) name of nominee (Space) @ngrsportsaward and tweet.

Hashtags to be used include; Basketball Player of the Year – #BPTY, Coach of the Year – #COTY, Discovery of the Year–#DOTY, Footballer of the Year (Women) – #FOYW, amongst others.

Idowu called on all sport lovers and member of the public to avail themselves of the opportunity to celebrate their favourite sports personalities by nominating them in their respective categories.

While appreciating the existing sponsors and partners of the prestigious award like Bet9ja – Nigeria’s leading sports betting company, Sifax Group, Mastersports International, SuperSports, LASAA amongst others, Idowu called on more on corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals to throw their weight behind the award by sponsoring the award.

The Nigerian Sports Award is dedicated to recognising the achievements of our sports men and women, both present and past that have shone brightest in the sporting world.

The award honours leadership, vision, innovation and outstanding accomplishments providing an opportunity for our sports stars to be celebrated on national and global platforms.