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Daka, Sikazwe and Zambia U20 National team shortlisted for CAF awards
Zambia National team striker Patson Daka has been shortlisted for the 2017 CAF young player of the year award. Daka, 19 was instrumental in Zambia U20 National team winning the 2017 U20 Africa cup of nations and reaching the quarter finals of the World cup.
The former Power Dynamos striker was also influential in Redbull Salzburg U19’s run to win the 2016/17 UEFA youth league. He scored on his debut of the competition against Barcelona in the semi-finals and again came from the bench to score in the final against Benfica.
Daka was voted player of the tournament at the Zambia 2017 U20 AFCON with four goals to his name.
Jan Sikazwe has also made the cut for referee of the year award. Sikazwe has become a prominent figure in the African game after officiating a number of high profile matches including the 2016 FIFA club world cup final and the replay of South Africa vs Senegal.
The winners will be decided by votes from the members of the CAF Technical & Development Committee, CAF Media Experts Panel and Independent Media and TV Consultants.
Meanwhile, only members of the CAF Referees’ Committee will elect the Referee of the Year.
The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.
Women’s Player of the Year
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dalian Quanjian)
Chrestina Kgatlana (South Africa & UWC Ladies)
Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene(Cameroon & Rossyanka)
Rutendo Makore (Zimbabwe & Black Rhinos)
Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Kvarnsvedens)
Women’s National Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)
Hector Cuper (Egypt)
Hugo Broos (Cameroon)
L’Hussein Amoutta (Wydad Athletic Club)
Mihayo Kazembe (TP Mazembe)
National Team of the Year
Club of the Year
Wydad Athletic Club
Youth Player of the Year
Eric Ayiah (Ghana & Charity Stars)
Krepin Diatta (Senegal &Sarpsborg)
Luther Singh (South Africa & Braga)
Patson Daka (Zambia & Liefering)
Salam Giddou (Mali & Guidars)
Referee of the Year
Bamlak Tessema (Ethiopia)
Ghead Grisha (Egypt)
Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
Papa Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
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