Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday that the CAF Awards 2023 ceremony for African football will take place on December 11 in Morocco.
The Confederation said in a statement posted on its website that the CAF Awards would include some of Africa’s biggest stars “after last year’s successful event hosted in the Moroccan capital of Rabat, where Senegal inspirational forward Sadio Mane and Nigeria and Barcelona top striker Asisat Oshoala claimed honors.”
The centerpiece of the ceremony will be the announcement of the CAF African Player of the Year in both the men’s and women’s categories, according to the same source, which will honor the year’s top performers from club and nation.
Yaya Touré (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), Samuel Eto’o (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010), Didier Drogba (2006 and 2009), Mohammed Salah (2017, 2018), Riyad Mahrez (2016), Nwankwo Kanu (1996 and 1999), Abedi Pele (1992) and George Weah (1995) were among the men’s category winners previously mentioned by CAF.
Asisat Oshoala has been a dominant force in the women’s division, winning in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2022. Thembi Kgatlana (2018) and Perpetua Nkwocha, a former Super Falcon who won in 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2011, are two past winners who will give her a stiff fight, according to the announcement.
The Interclub Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, and Goal of the Year are among the additional honors that will be given out, according to the CAF.
The same source added that the Interclubs Women’s Player of the Year award, which was established last year following the successful debut of the CAF Women’s Champions League, will also be given out.