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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.

Zambia U20 National team has also been shortlisted in the team of the year category. They face stiff competition from the likes of Nigeria and Cameroon

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

Ghana U-20


Nigeria U-20

South Africa



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



Mali U-17


Zambia U-20


Club of the Year

Al Ahly

Mbabane Swallows

SuperSport United

TP Mazembe

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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19 Comments to Daka, Sikazwe and Zambia U20 National team shortlisted for CAF awards

  1. Patson can get this award.

  2. Truth is says:

    All the nominees from Zambia will win the awards in their respective categories.

  3. Dynamite says:

    I will be surprised if Patson Daka doesn’t win this award. Am not saying this just because he is Zambian, Patson is an U20Afcon champion, UEFA youth champion & he scored in both finals plus he went to the world cup too. What more can you ask for?

  4. Goodwells Ngámbi says:


  5. Mark c says:

    Very true parson must win this one without dout. Unless something otherwise he has proven himself.

  6. Mutale Aloysius says:

    @dakajr, #Sikazwe and #U20 Chipolopolo,definitely deserves to win in their respective categories.#manMUTA,in CHILUBI island of Zambia.

  7. discipline says:

    Ati zed making headlines, such a foot balling national

  8. km says:

    When will this award take place?.may someone help

  9. Tony mash says:

    Patson daka is going to win. He deserve it. He has a rich profile.

  10. Positive thinking says:

    Wishing the best for Daka. Can’t see why he can’t win that award. Such a bright future for that young man.

  11. Kasama Boy says:

    Wish all Zambian’s the best in their respective categories

  12. Zambian Buffalo says:

    CAF are now being professional, not the mistake they did by chowing Kapumbu. All the best to the nominees. Go Zambia go!

  13. Sibs says:

    All the best to Patson Daka. He can become the second Zambian to win the award after the talented Clifford Mulenga of the class of 2007 U20s won the award in 2007.

    Jani Sikazwe has been one of the most consistent referee in Africa since 2014

  14. Bsimms says:

    Am glad our noy has been noticed. With all due respect to those in his category, he has no competition. Unless otherwise he deserves.to win.

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