The Confederations of Africa football awards held in Dakar, Senegal have further shown how African nations have moved ahead of Nigeria.
Nigeria who are touted to the ‘giants of Africa’ have been relegated to the background following the development of sports and in this case football in other countries.
During the CAF Awards held at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. no single Nigerian player from the Super Eagles was nominated for the Africa’s Finest XI.
Borussia Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi who is on loan from Real Madrid trumped Leicester defensive midfielder, Ndidi Wilfred to be named African Youth Player of the Year 2018.
Super Falcons Swedish coach, Thomas Dennerby failed to win the award for African Women’s Coach of the Year 2018 which was won by South African Desiree Ellis.
In the same vein, the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr did not make the podium to be named the African Men Coach of the Year which was won by Africa’s journey man, Hervé Renard.
The Super Eagles were not even named among the Male Team of the Year which was eventually won by Mauritania.
Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana won African Women’s Player of the Year 2018 ahead of Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega
The only award won by Nigeria was for the Female Team of the Year courtesy their record breaking moment of winning the Women Nations Cup for the 9th time beating the likes of Cameroon, Ghana, Mali and South Africa to win the award for the fourth time since its inception in 2010.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year award in Senegal on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old Liverpool star finished first with club-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other finalists.
Egypt crushed sole rivals South Africa 16-1 earlier Tuesday in a CAF executive committee vote in Dakar to decide which country succeeded Cameroon as 2019 Cup of Nations hosts.