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Sani Emmanuel Nominated For CAF Young African Player Of The Year

March 9, 2010

The Press Release on CAF’s official website confirming the nomination of Sani Emmanuel of My People FC for Young African Player of the Year:

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday revealed the top three nominees for the Glo-CAF Awards 2009 at a press briefing in Accra, Ghana.

Ex-Black Stars defender Anthony Baffoe revealed the identity of the nominees for the various categories at the ceremony attended by Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and other sporting dignitaries.

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba, nominated for African Player of the Year

The flagship award, African Footballer of the Year 2009 has Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba, Ghana midfielder Michael Essien and Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o Fils as the contenders.

The top three for other categories namely; Best African Player on the continent, National Team of the Year, Club of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Coach of the Year were also revealed.

Michael Essien

Michael Essien - Nominated for African Player of the Year 2009

The winners of the respective categories will be announced at the Awards Gala fixed for March 11, 2010 at the Banquet Hall, State House, in Accra, Ghana.

This is the fifth time cellular giants Globacom is sponsoring the annual awards which seeks to reward distinguished football personalities for their performance during the year under review.

Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o - Nominated For African Player of the Year 2009

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor picked the flagship prize at the 2008 Awards Gala held in Lagos, Nigeria last year.

Top Three nominees (alphabetical order)
African Footballer of the Year 2009
Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire)
Michael Essien (Chelsea and Ghana)
Samuel Eto’o Fils (Inter Milan and Cameroon)

Best African player on the continent 2009
Uche Agba (Heartland FC and Nigeria)
Mputu Mabi (T.P. Mazembe and DR Congo)
Abdelmalek Ziaya (Entente Setif and Algeria)

National Team of the Year 2009
Algeria
Cote d’Ivoire
Ghana

Club of the Year 2009
Heartland FC (Nigeria)
Stade Malien (Mali)
T.P. Mazembe (DR Congo)

Sani Emmanuel

Sani Emmanuel - Nominated for CAF Young African Player of the Year 2009

Young Player of the Year 2009
Dominic Adiyiah (AC Milan and Ghana U-20)
Kermit Erasmus (Feyenoord and South Africa U-20)
Sani Emmanuel (Bodens BK and Nigeria U-17)

Coach of the Year 2009
Diego Garzitto (T.P. Mazembe)
John Obuh (Nigeria U-17)
Sellas Tetteh (Ghana U-20)

SOURCE: CAF Online

CAF YOUNG AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2009

December 5, 2009

For My People FC’s Sani Emmanuel, the best is definitely yet to come!!

The young African player of the year is an award presented by CAF to the most talented African footballer who is yet to clock 23. In scope, the award covers all African footballers, whether professional or amateur, who have had the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world.

The trend observed in the past shows that no player has ever won the award after emerging the best player at any age group competition. The closest observed so far was John Obi Mikel who won the award on the back of his performance at the U-17 world cup in Finland in 2005.

Sani Emmanuel

Sani Emmanuel of My People FC

In the year 2009 alone, young African players have showcased their talents to the world again; winning the MVP awards at both the U-20 and the U-17 competitions. It is expected that one of these will win the award for the young African player of the year 2009.

Dominic Adiyiah:
Dominic Adiyiah was a member of the Black Satellite’s team that conquered the world at the U20 level. He scored a total of Eight (8) goals and was awarded the Golden Ball as well as the Golden Shoe. He has since moved from Fredrikstad FK to A.C. Milan.

Sani Emmanuel:
Sani Emmanuel was a member of the Super Eaglets team that lost the final match of the U17 world cup to Switzerland. He scored a total of five (5) goals in a remarkable 221 minutes of play and was awarded the Silver Shoe as well as the Golden Ball. There have been rumours of several European football clubs hoping to acquire his services. Sani Emmanuel is known to celebrate his goals by going down on his knees to thank God. At a young age of 16, he has promised to establish a foundation that will give other footballers the opportunity to succeed.

Alexander Song:
Alex Song is a member of the Cameroonian team. A formidable midfielder who has imposed himself into Arsene Wenger’s young Arsenal team thanks to his consistent performance. He has matured into a reliable defensive midfielder who can also play as a central defender. He is a niece of the Cameroonian legend Rigobert Song.

John Obi Mikel:
John Obi Mikel is a regular member of the Nigerian Super Eagles’ team. A defensive midfielder who has effectively combined with Michael Essien to fill the void left by Claude Makelele. He won the award in 2005. He led played a prominent role in Nigeria’s last minute qualification for the 2010 world cup.

Other notable names are:
Dede Ayew
Ramon Azeez
Ransford Osei
Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu

SOURCE: Accra Mail