Modise gets nomination for CAF Award
Banyana Banyana midfielder Portia Modise
has been nominated in the CAF African Women’s Footballer of the Year category.
The award winners will be announced in Accra on December 20 and Modise is one of three nominees in her category.
The Palace Super Falcons player will contest the title along with 15-year-old Nigerian goal-scoring sensation Chinwendu Ihezuo, who scored six goals during the FIFA Under-17 women’s World Cup this year, and Equatorial Guinea playmaker Genoveva Anoman, who scored six goals to help her country clinch the 2012 CAF African Women Championship title.
Modise, who has scored 73 goals in her 102 appearances for Banyana, played a key role during the national team’s campaign to the final of the African Women Championships.
“I am delighted that my performances have been recognised in what has been one of Banyana Banyana’s busiest and most successful years in the national team’s history,” said Modise.
Africa Cup of Nations champions Zambia are in the running in the National Team of the Year category along with Cape Verde (highest placed ever CAF and FIFA rankings of 10 and 51 respectively achieved in 2012), Central African Republic (qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations eliminating record-holders Egypt in the qualifiers) and Cote d’ Ivoire (2012 Africa Cup of Nations finalists and the highest placed African team on the FIFA world rankings).
The Women’s National Team of the Year award will be decided between Equatorial Guinea (2012 CAF African Women Championship winners) and the Ghana Under-17 side (bronze medalists at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup bronze medalists knocking out tournament favourites Japan en route to the semi-finals).
The Coach of the Year finalists are Zambian mentor Herve Renard (who led Zambia to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title), Al-Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry (who plotted his team’s path to a record 7th CAF Champions League title), Esperance boss Nabil Maaloul (who took his club to the CAF Champions League final) and AC Leopards’ Tunisia coach Nasreddine Nabi (who led his charges to the first CAF Confederation Cup trophy).
The Most Promising Talent section of the awards, will be a battle between Egyptian Under-23 star Mohamed Salah (who scored in three of his team’s four matches at the London Olympics), Senegalese striker Moussa Monate (who scored in all four of his country’s matches at the London Olympics) and Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (who scored a sensational goal to help Celtic beat Spanish Giants Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League).
The club of the Year category is also expected to be closely contested with Egyptian giants Al Ahly, Esperance (Turkey), AC Leopards (Congo) and Mali’s Djoliba (CAF Confederation Cup finalists) nominated.