Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) has been shortlisted alongside four others for the 2019 CAF African Youth Player Award, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said. Also included in the list are Krépin Diatta (Senegal/Club Brugge), Moussa Djenepo (Mali/Southampton), Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria/Villarreal) and Victor Osimhen (Nigeria/Lille).
Ajax Amsterdam star Hakim Ziyech has also been named alongside nine other stars as the final nominees for the 2019 African Footballer of the Year. In addition to the Moroccan player, André Onana (Cameroon/ Ajax), Ismail Bennacer (Algeria/AC Milan), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal/Napoli), Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool), Odion Ighalo (Nigeria/Shanghai Shenhua), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon/Arsenal), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Manchester City), Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool) and Youcef Belaili (Algeria/Ahli Jeddah) are also front-runners for the award.
The shortlist of nominees was decided upon by votes from a CAF Technical and Development Committee and a panel of media experts with emphasis on the nominees’ performance during the year under review, 2019. The final phase of voting for the men’s and women’s African Player of the Year, as well as the male and female Coach of the Year, will be selected by Head Coaches/Technical Directors and Captains of senior national teams from CAF Member Associations. The Interclubs Player of the Year will be decided upon by the Head Coaches and Captains of the group phase of the current season of CAF Interclubs competitions.
The award winners for each category will be announced during the CAF Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, in Hurghada, Egypt. The event will celebrate African footballers and officials who have distinguished themselves during 2019. There will also be several new award categories in recognition of exceptional contributions to African football and inspiring individuals.