The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has unveiled the final shortlist for the prestigious 2023 Women’s Best Player of the Year award. Among the standout finalists are Nigerian football stars Asisat Oshoala and Chiamaka Nnadozie, both of whom had earlier been nominated from a pool of seven Nigerian players in the initial 30-player list.
- Asisat Oshoala: A seasoned player, Oshoala eyes a record-breaking sixth win in the Women’s Best Player of the Year category.
- Chiamaka Nnadozie: In addition to her nomination for the main award, Nnadozie also secured a spot among the finalists for the Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year.
- Deborah Abiodun and Esther Ajakaye: These promising players have earned recognition as finalists for the Best Young Player of the Year award.
Despite their earlier nominations, players such as Rasheedat Ajibade, Uchenna Kanu, Osinachi Ohale, Toni Payne, and Christy Ucheibe did not make the final cut.
The Nigerian women’s national team, the Super Falcons, has been shortlisted as contenders for the Women’s National Team of the Year.
The highly anticipated award ceremony is scheduled to take place on December 11 in Marrakech, Morocco, where the winners in various categories will be revealed.
As the countdown to the award ceremony begins, football enthusiasts eagerly await the announcement of the Women’s Best Player of the Year and other category winners. The inclusion of Nigerian players in multiple categories reflects the country’s significant contributions to women’s football in Africa.