By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Seven players of Nigeria’s senior women’s national team made the list of players nominated for the 2023 CAF Women’s Player of the Year award.
Record five-times winner, Asisat Oshoala will be joined by six of her teammates at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to compete for the best women’s footballer in Africa.
Her compatriots for the award include Chiamaka Nnadozie whose penalty heroics for club and country placed her as one of the best on the continent.
Others are Christy Ucheibe, Osinachi Ohale, Rasheedat Ajibade, Toni Payne, and Uchenna Kanu.
A total number of 27 women’s footballers made the cut for the 2023 CAF Women’s Player of the Year nominee.
They are Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon), Evelyn Badu (Ghana), Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi), Anissa Lahmari (Morocco), Fatima Tagnaout (Morocco), Ghizlanne Chebbak (Morocco), and Zenatha Coleman (Namibia).
Others include Ndeye Away Dialkhate (Senegal), Andile Dlamini (South Africa), Hilda Magaia (South Africa), Jermaine Seoposenwe (prizeSouth Africa), Linda Motlhalo (South Africa), Refiloe Jane (South Africa), Thembi Kgathlana (South Africa), Afi Sabine Woedikou (Togo), Sabrina Ellouzi (Tunisia), Barbara Banda (Zambia), Grace Chanda (Zambia), and Rachael Kundananji (Zambia).
Oshoala remained the player with the highest number of CAF Women’s Player of the Year prize and is in pole position to win a record-extending sixth in 2023.