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Patson Daka makes three man shortlist for 2017 African Youth Player of the Year

Chipolopolo striker Patson Daka is set to be to be named the African 2017 Youth Player of the Year after he made it on to the final three man shortlist of the Aiteo CAF Awards 2017.

The Austria based forward will go head to head with  Krepin Diatta of Senegal and Salam Giddou of Mali.

Daka 19 has become a key member of the Zambia national team and was instrumental in helping the U20 national soccer team lift the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

He then led the Zambia U20 team to the 2017 U20 World Cup where Zambia reached the quarter finals.

At club level, he guided his team to the UEFA Youth League Championship scoring in both the semi final and final.

At the same ceremony held in Accra Ghana, CAF also unveiled the top three contenders for other categories with Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund) and Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool) making the final shortlist for player of the year.

The awards gala will be held on 3rd January, 2018.

Below are the top three nominees for each catefory (Nominees are listed in alphabetical order);

African Player of the Year

·       Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

·       Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund)

·       Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

Women’s Player of the Year

·       Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dalian Quanjian)

·       Chrestina Kgatlana (South Africa & UWC Ladies)

·       Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene(Cameroon & CSKA Moscow)

Youth Player of the Year

·       Krepin Diatta (Senegal & Sarpsborg)

·       Patson Daka (Zambia & Liefering)

·       Salam Giddou (Mali & Guidars)

Coach of the Year

·       Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)

·       Hector Cuper (Egypt)

·       L’Hussein Amoutta (Wydad Athletic Club)

Club of the Year

·       Al Ahly

·       TP Mazembe

·       Wydad Athletic Club

National Team of the Year

·       Cameroon

·       Egypt

·       Nigeria

Women’s National Team of the Year

·       Ghana U-20

·       Nigeria U-20

·       South Africa






11 Comments to Patson Daka makes three man shortlist for 2017 African Youth Player of the Year

  1. Don says:

    All the best PD, this looks like it’s headed your way.

  2. km says:

    If he continues working hard,with humility, he will become Africa most deadliest striker. He will surpass, the likes of Drogba, obamayang,etoo,,rojarmirrior,rashid yakin,and George ware.His pace and precision on the goal makes him very dangerous striker

  3. 90minutes says:

    My concern is on the team of the year, surly was it shallow achievement to lift the regional cup, (cosafa) plus appearing in the final for the first time and lift it? What Egypt an Nigeria achieve which other teams have not achieved this year? This is day light robbery on our under 20 men’s team. Omitting them clearly shows the corruption strains in caf. The only team which went beyond when all African teams were knocked out and this is the team which holds the African championship and regional championship you replace it with two world cup teams whom we are not even sure of how far they will go? Very barbaric and stupid plus disrespectful of southern region football

    • Dynamite says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Surely the U20 achieved something more than Nigerian and Egypt. They won the Afcon and went to the world cup too. What trophy do Egypt and Nigerian have to show for their exploits this year apart from going to the world cup a feat which the U20 managed in their category…this is indeed daylight robbery!

  4. km says:

    I was wondering too.Why? .This world is too crooked. No team has performed better than our under20.What criteria was used to ommitt,Our u20 I don’t know.What Nigeria, Egypt has done is not extraordinary. Because other teams have done the same. That’s why I will always have questions on west Africans.They Ave dominated African football not on merit ,but using dirty scheme s.I knew from the beginning that the race may not be fair.even to patson,daka, they pulling strings so that he does not get it.CAF is still not clean.as long as the majority of the guys in CAF are from the west,we Ave to expect the unexpected.

  5. zambia says:

    Zambias U20 was robbed in daylight. U17 of Mali was probably number 2 to Zambias U20. The 3 teams remaining have nothing much to show for being in the shortlist.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Its Under-20. The business end is senior national team. That’s why you hand with care. All the starting 11 and kalunga and a few others should now move to senior national team. Then we can have others to be with them. The who group who won AFCON under Chris Katongo should be building their younger colleagues at club level, by sharing their experience by playing with them or slowly getting into coaching positions.

  7. serenje says:

    fingers closed. Best wishes pd. Zambia under 20 also deserved nomination under team of the year category. What has Cameroon. Nigeria done which comparable to our former under 20. We won cosafa cup. Africa cup and almost reached the finals at the world cup. Even our beston chambeshi deserved a chance locally and internationally

  8. 90minutes says:

    The issue of not being sexy like the Fox pointed out is the reason Zambia has been robbed the spot for the car award’s nominees

  9. 90minutes says:

    Caf award’s nominees

  10. Sibs says:

    All the best to PD. You deserve the award but can’t trust the way things go at CAF. Agreed with a lot of sentiments that the U20s deserve to among the Team of the year as well as the Mali U17s.

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