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Kapumbu misses as CAF makes changes to PTY selecting system

The Confederation of African football (CAF) has made changes to its system of selecting the player of the year to make it more inclusive. For the first time, captains of the senior men’s national teams of the affiliated National Associations will also take part in decision making process of the African Player of the Year and Player of the Year (Based in Africa).

CAF has also released reduced lists for the two top awards and Zambia National team defender Fackson Kapumbu has been omitted after making the initial 30 man list. Kapumbu has been a prominent figure in both the Zambia senior national soccer team and Zesco United’s race in the CAF Confederation cup.

Uganda international Geoffrey Sserunkuma who plays for Zambian club Buildcon FC has also not made the cut, to eliminate all contestants from the ZSL.

Eleven (11) players made the cut for the Player of the Year and Ten (10) for the Player of the Year (Based in Africa) after votes from members of the CAF Technical & Development Committee, CAF Media Experts Panel and Independent Media and TV Consultants, from the initial 30-man list.

The second and final phase will involve Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations taking part in the voting exercise and ten members from the Independent Media and TV Consultants group.

The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

*African Player of the Year (alphabetical order)*

1.     Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Olympique Lyon)

2.     Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

3.     Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord)

4.     Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco)

5.     Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

6.     Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig)

7.     Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & B. Dortmund)

8.     Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

9.     Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea)

10.  Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Porto)

11.  Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)


*Player of the Year (Based in Africa)*

1.     Achraf Bencharki (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)

2.     Ahmed Fathi (Egypt & Al Ahly)

3.     Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)

4.     Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso & El Masry)

5.     Ben Malango (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)

6.     Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

7.     Jeremy Brockie (New Zealand & Supersport)

8.     Junior Ajayi (Nigeria & Al Ahly)

9.       Mohamed Ounnajem (Morooco & Wydad Athletic Club)

10.  Taha Yassine Khenisssi (Tunisia & Esperance)


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  1. “there is always a next time” said Kalusha, after snubing Kalaba for player of the year 2016! That mercenary shud stay away from our players and game. what happened to the soccer jerseys/ attire that chap kept in a warehouse in Lusaka?!

    • Tamulala tulo pali Kalusha mwa? He is not even mentioned in the headlines and here you just jump from your slumber and ‘scream’ his name; Damn!!!!

  2. Sometimes I feel you Ave been too hard on kalusha bwalya. What has he done to deserve such desperaging,remarks..What you Ave. Head about kalusha is here say. Theys little or truth on bad things done by kalusha. Kalusha did not vote for kalaba,because he felt that, kalaba did not meet the attributes befitting a player of year for Africa .why judge kalusha,for that?.He did not compromise his integrity for sake of kalaba.Thats how we should be.Even if some is relative or countryman should not be given votes if they do not meet standards. Ave head a lot of bad things which people claim that they were done by kalusha, but there there is no evidence to substantiate such allegations. All those saying bad things against kalu, were aspiring candidates for positions at FAZ.Be careful that they don’t drag you in to dirt football politics.They aim to tarnish the soccer icons image.Infact,they are even very few.They want to be prominent, through dirty methods of tarnishing Kalu’s name.Kalu worked for his name,by representing his country very well.Let them work hard to gain a good name.Kalu is human just like us ,he has his own failings,but that dirty trash being thrown at him,is not good.Each one in society has his own principles which deserve respect. Kalu’s principles are his own.He does not deserve to be insulted by few individuals who do not appreciate his contributions to the country’s football .learn to appreciate.To those who hate Kalu ,Adjust your mind and heart,its time to develop an appreciative heart.To see good in others rather than their weakness

    • Thank you KM. I thought the point of voting was to vote for who you thought was deserving not this nonsense of vote for your countryman. Let’s move on for crying out loud.

  3. Thats what has killed this once very vibrant ZAMFOOT page,football cadrerism even from the Admins revolving around demonizing Kalu on false accusations and yet they deliberately keep a blind eye to their cronies failings at Football House.Someone at Football House pocked allowances without going to Egypt for a meeting and they are quite.They still owe the under 20 over k 90,000 in world cup allowances and still owe the senior team allowances.I can imagine if it was Kalu.Even failing to dress the senior national team with proper attire.

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