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CAF Awards 2022: All the nominees in the men’s categories

The CAF Awards 2022 ceremony will be held this Thursday, July 21, 2022 in Rabat, the Moroccan capital. Six categories will be awarded for men during this evening of distinctions. On the eve of the ceremony, here is a reminder of the finalists in each category for men.

Salah, Mané, Mahrez, Haller: the serious contenders for the title of the player of the year

The CAF Awards 2022 take into account 6 categories for men. These are Player of the Year, Interclub Player of the Year, Youth Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, Club of the Year and Coach of the Year. In the player of the year category, CAF has selected 10 nominees for the final. Mohamed Salah, top scorer in the Premier League (2021-2022) with 23 goals and author of 8 goals in the Champions League, is in competition with Sadio Mané, winner of the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, and author of 16 goals in the Premier League and 5 in the Champions League.

Riyad Mahrez is also in the running for the player of the year award. The Manchester City striker won the Premier League. On a personal note, he has 20 goals and 6 assists for the club in all competitions. After a great season with Ajax Amsterdam, Sébastien Haller is also a serious contender for the prestigious individual player of the year award. The Ivorian is champion of the Netherlands, and totals 34 goals and 7 assists in all competitions with the Dutch club.

El Moutaraji, Jabrane, Azulao, Sherif: Who to win the Interclub Player of the Year award?

As for the interclub player of the year, CAF has also selected 10 names. Among the favorites, we have Zouheir El Moutaraji, winner of the Champions League with Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca. It was he who scored the two goals in the final against Al Ahly. He is also champion of Morocco in the same way as Yahya Jabrane, another favorite. Jabrane has scored five goals in the African Champions League this season.

In this category, Tiago Azulao is also a serious contender for the title. The Brazilian striker from Atletico Petroleos de Luanda is the top scorer of the 2021-2022 African Champions League with 7 goals. With 6 goals in the most prestigious of African club competitions, Mohamed Sherif of Al Ahly also holds the cards it takes to be elected interclub player of the year. The promising young Ivorian striker Karim Konaté, top scorer in the Confederation Cup (7 goals) with ASEC Mimosas, is also in the competition.

Senegal, team of the year?

Of all the categories, it is at the level of that of the team of the year that he has the least doubt concerning the potential winner. African champion for the first time in its history, Senegal is by far the big favourite. Senegal is in competition with Cameroon (CAN 2021 bronze medalist), Morocco (CAN 2021 quarter-finalist), Egypt (CAN 2021 finalist) and Burkina Faso (CAN 2021 fourth ).

Club of the year: Wydad and Berkane in struggle

The trophy of the club of the year will be played between the Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca and the Renaissance Sportive of Berkane. The Emperor’s club won the African Champions League, while the Master of the East won the CAF Confederation Cup. Apart from these two Moroccan clubs, three others are also in the running to win the club of the year trophy. They are Al Ahly of Cairo, Atlético Petroleos de Luanda and Orlando Pirates.

African coach of the year: An Aliou Cissé – Walid Regragui duel?

Aliou Cissé, Walid Regragui, Pitso Mosimane, Carlos Queiroz and Tom Saintfiet are the finalists for African Coach of the Year. Of the 5 names, two favorites stand out clearly, Aliou Cissé and Walid Regragui. The first is African champion with Senegal, and the second led the Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca to the final victory in the African Champions League and the title of champion of Morocco.

Finalists in all categories

Player of the Year:

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon & Olympique Lyonnais)
Vincent Aboubacar (Cameroon & Al Nasr)
Sebastien Haller (Ivory Coast & Ajax)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)
Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool)
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Paris Saint-Germain)
Edouard Mendy (Senegal & Chelsea)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Naples)
Sadio Mané (Senegal & Bayern Munich)

Interclub Player of the Year:

Tiago Azulao (Petro Atletico)
Karim Konaté (ASEC Mimosas)
Aliou Dieng (Al Ahly)
Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly)
Percy Tau (Al Ahly)
Mohamed Sherif (Al Ahly)
Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly)
Achraf Dari (Wydad Athletic Club)
Yahya Jabrane (Wydad Athletic Club) 5 goals
Zouheir El Moutaraji (Wydad Athletic Club)

Young player of the year:

Dango Ouattara (Burkina Faso & Lorient)
Karim Konaté (Ivory Coast & ASEC / RB Salzburg)
Kamaldeen Sulemana (Ghana & Rennes)
Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal & Metz)
Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia & Manchester United)

National Team of the Year:

Burkina Faso

Club of the Year:

Petro Atletico (Angola)
Al Ahly (Egypt)
RS Berkane (Morocco)
Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)
Orlando Pirates (South Africa)

Coach of the Year:

Aliou Cisse (Senegal coach)
Pitso Mosimane (South Africa)
Carlos Queiroz (Mozambique)
Tom Saintfiet (Gambia)
Walid Regragui (Morocco, WAC)

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