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Mane scoops player of month award – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has been named as the PFA Fans’ Player of the month for March.

The Senegal intercontinental beat off opposition from fellow English Premier League players Lucas Digne, Wilfred Ndidi, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to assert the prize for the 2nd time this season.

Mane received the similar award in August, obtaining scored 3 goals in his 1st two games of the league season.

The 26-year-old, who has been in superb form for the Reds this season, scored a few goals in 4 appearances previous thirty day period.

In complete, the Liverpool attacker has scored 20 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions this season, chipping in with a even more 4 assists.

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Zambian FA boss happy with CAF Award nominees

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 16:30


The Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga has sent a message of best wishes to the country’s CAF Award nominees.

Kamanga has congratulated the U20 national team and referee Janny Sikazwe for being shortlisted for the 2017 CAF Awards.

The Junior Chipolopolo has been shortlisted for the National Team of the Year Award, while Zambian International striker Patson Daka has been shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year Award.

Sikazwe has got the nod for the Referee of the Year Award and Kamanga has congratulated all the nominees.

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“On behalf of the FAZ executive and the rest of the football family, I would like to convey our great pleasure on your selection for the 2017 CAF Awards,” said Kamanga.

“It is a great honour for Zambia to see our ambassadors competing among the best on the African continent.

“The selection of our envoys on the various categories of the 2017 CAF Awards epitomizes the rise of our game in the last year.

“Your selection for the various CAF Awards doesn’t surprise us at all.it is proof enough of the level of success you have attained in a calendar year.

“FAZ is further invigorated by the bar you have set for the current and future ambassadors of the Zambian game – I would like to wish you the very best of luck.”

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Nigeria and Egypt headline CAF Award nominee list – 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Nigeria and Egypt headline CAF Award nominee list

Rohr with Eagles skipper Mikel

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Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 17:30


The Confederation of African Football has announced a list of nominees to vie for a number of CAF Awards come January next year.

Among those nominated is Egypt coach Hector Cúper who will hope to bag the CAF Coach of the Year Award after guiding the Pharaohs to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The 62-year-old is joined on the shortlist by Wydad Casablanca manager Hussein Amotta, whose side lifted the CAF Champions League title, and 2018 CAF African Cup of Nations winning coach with Cameroon, Hugo Broos.

On the other hand, Nigeria national team manager Gemot Rohr and TP Mazembe’s Mihayo Kazembe are also set to battle for the ward.

Rohr guided the Super Eagles to the World Cup whilst Mihayo led the Congolese side to the CAF Confederation Cup title.

Meanwhile, Egypt have been nominated for the 2017 African National Team of the Year after reaching their first World Cup in 28 years and their first AFCON final in seven years.

2018 African champions, the Indomitable Lions and World Cup participants Nigeria have also been named in the shortlist whilst Zambia U20 and Mali U17 sides are part of the list.

Al Ahly are also in the running for the CAF African Club of the Year Award after a winning the Premier League unbeaten, reclaimed the Egyptian Cup for the first time since 2007, as well as reaching the CAF Champions League final.

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Egyptian Karim Hafez bags Player of the Month Award in France – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 14:30


Egyptian international defender, Karim Hafez is delighted after he was voted as the October Player of the Month by fans at Racing Club Lens.

The Pharaohs defender also spoke about his ambition to start for Egypt and his future with the French Ligue2 side after becoming one of the club’s stand-out performers for October.

“It’s a pleasure for me to be voted player of the month because it values ​​my work and what I do. It gives me a lot of motivation, the desire to be the best on the field, it also gives me strength to help the team and the club, that’s what I want,” Hafez said.

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“Two goals and one assist, I’m very happy. I would like to help the team even more, work more for the club and myself, go higher.

“The situation is difficult but we are working with the coach and we still have four matches in the first leg, we will try to do our best, win these four games and take 12 points. And I would like us to start the return phase better than the first phase.

Hafez joined Lens in 2016 on loan from Lierse S.K., and had the deal renewed for a second season. He has described the Lens fans as incredible and said he was “happy” to play in front of them.

“I love this club, the fans, I like everything here. It’s a big club. I wish we had been promoted last season, but it’s football and we learn a lot. I’m still young so I learn a lot in football, I have time! But yes, I like this club.

“I do not know yet (regarding his future), I’m ready this year so we’ll see… I would like to go up to Ligue 1 with Lens, but in this situation it’s very difficult. I have to do my best this season, and we’ll see what happens next season.

“We played against Ghana and I played the whole game, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Now, I will try to work very hard to secure a place in the starting line-up.”

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South Africa’s Oscarine Masuluke misses out on Puskas Award – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Baroka FC

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South Africa’s Oscarine Masuluke misses out on Puskas Award

Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 11:30


South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke missed out on the Puskas Award for the best goal of the 2016/17 season at the FIFA Football Awards last night.

The Baroka FC glovesman was nominated for his incredible overhead kick which earned a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates back in November 2016.

However, both Masuluke and Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos were beaten to the prize by Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud, who scored an incredible scorpion kick against Crystal Palace last term.

Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane were named Best Men’s Player and Best Men’s Coach respectively, while Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon picked up the Best Goalkeeper award.

All the awards:

Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Best Women’s Player: Lieke Martens (Netherlands)

FIFA Puskas Award: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Best Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Fan Award: Glasgow Celtic

FIFA Fair Play Award: Francis Kone

The FIFA FIFPRO World XI: Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Sam Ssimbwa bags Kenya’s Coach of the Month Award

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 14:30


The Kenyan Premier League has announced that Sofapaka FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa is the Best Coach in the KPL for August.

Ssimbwa beat Gor Mahia’s Dylan Kerr to bag the accolade that comes with a trophy and Ksh. 75,000 reward money courtesy of the sponsors.

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Media reports indicate that the mentor received his award during a function held at Eastleigh Secondary School on Tuesday.

In August, Sofapaka won four of their five league matches and drew the other one.

They beat Muhoroni Youth, Thika United, Nakumatt FC and Nzoia Sugar before drawing 1-1 against Posta Rangers in their last match of the month.

Ssimbwa becomes the fifth winner of the monthly award this season and has previously worked in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and lately Kenya.

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Masuluke’s goal makes final short-list for FIFA award – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Baroka FC

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Masuluke's goal makes final short-list for FIFA award

Masuluke Oscarine of Baroka punches clear ahead of Travis Graham of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Ajax Cape Town and Baroka FC at Cape Town Stadium on 27 May 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 14:00


South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke’s goal has made the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award.

The Baroka FC shot-stopper scored a last-gasp equaliser with a bicycle kick against Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match last season.

As a result, Masuluke has been shortlisted for the accolade along with Venezuela Women’s youth national team player Deyna Castellanos and French forward Olivier Giroud.

FIFA are expected to hand out the award in London, England on October 23 and Masuluke stated that it has been his dream to visit the English capital.

“I don’t know how to describe the feeling. Growing up my dream was always visiting London,” Masuluke said on KickOff.com.

“I just don’t know how to explain the feeling. Being nominated amongst the best in the world is a great achievement in itself.

Masuluke, who in a bread winner in his family, disclosed that he grew up in a RDP house in Nwamankena outside Giyani, Limpopo, South Africa with his grandmother and four siblings.

“Yes, it’s true I grew up in a RDP house. I don’t want to go back and sleep in the same house I grew up sleeping in when I was still a kid,” he added.

“And that’s why I am trying to build my family a big house to accommodate everyone.”

After the first round of voting concluded earlier on Monday, a new second phase has started. The total from each round of voting will be added together to decide the winner.

Voting will remain open until the day of the awards ceremony itself, with the winner of the fan vote receiving their award on stage at the historic London Palladium.

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Ecstatic Masuluke up against Giroud for FIFA Award – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Ecstatic Masuluke up against Giroud for FIFA Award

Oscarine Masuluke of Baroka FC celebrates during the NFD Promotion Playoffs match between Baroka FC and BStellenbosch at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Pretoria on 10 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 13:00


South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke says it’s a dream come true after making the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award.

The Baroka FC shot-stopper scored a last-gasp equaliser with a bicycle kick against Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match last season.

As a result, Masuluke has been shortlisted for the accolade along with Venezuela Women’s youth national team player Deyna Castellanos and French forward Olivier Giroud.

FIFA are expected to hand out the award in London, England on October 23 and Masuluke stated that it has been his dream to visit the English capital.

“I don’t know how to describe the feeling. Growing up my dream was always visiting London,” Masuluke said on KickOff.com.

“I just don’t know how to explain the feeling. Being nominated amongst the best in the world is a great achievement in itself.

Masuluke, who in a bread winner in his family, disclosed that he grew up in a RDP house in Nwamankena outside Giyani, Limpopo, South Africa with his grandmother and four siblings.

“Yes, it’s true I grew up in a RDP house. I don’t want to go back and sleep in the same house I grew up sleeping in when I was still a kid,” he added.

“And that’s why I am trying to build my family a big house to accommodate everyone.”

After the first round of voting concluded earlier on Monday, a new second phase has started. The total from each round of voting will be added together to decide the winner.

Voting will remain open until the day of the awards ceremony itself, with the winner of the fan vote receiving their award on stage at the historic London Palladium.

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