Three Ghanaian players, namely Mohammed Kudus, Thomas Partey, and Ernest Nuamah, have made it onto the list of nominees for the men’s categories of the 2023 CAF Awards.
The nominations for the awards were chosen by a panel of CAF Technical Experts, African Football Legends, and media representatives from different countries. They carefully considered performances from November 2022 to September 2023.
Kudus and Partey are nominated for the Player of the Year category alongside 28 other African players, while Nuamah has been nominated for the Young Player category.
The awards will recognize players, a goalkeeper, a coach, and a club in various categories, including CAF African Player of the Year, CAF Interclub Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, CAF National Team of the Year, Club of the Year, and CAF Young Player of the Year.
Partey was absolutely outstanding in Arsenal’s Premier League season, where they came so close to snatching the title from Manchester City. He also played a vital role in Ghana’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup and performed admirably throughout the tournament.
Partey featured in 40 matches for Arsenal across all competitions last season. He found the back of the net three times and played a crucial role in helping Arsenal secure a second-place finish in the Premier League.
For Kudus, he had an amazing 2022/23 season with Ajax, playing a key role in 25 goals contributions, scoring 18 times and providing five assists in 42 appearances.
Partey and Kudus will compete with players like Achraf Hakimi, Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Nigeria, Liverpool’s star Mohammed Salah, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane and other nominees.
Ernest Nuamah did not only have impressive stats with 15 goals and 4 assists in 34 games, he also won three individual awards at club level.
He was named Young Player of the Year, Best Player for Spring (voted by coaches), and Player of the Season (chosen by fellow players).
Nuamah will face competition from young African players like Dango Ouattara (Burkina Faso and Bournemouth), Souleymane Alio (Burkina Faso and New Stars), Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (Morocco and Betis), Bilal El Khannous (Morocco and Genk) and Gift Orban (Nigeria and KAA Gent).
The awards gala is scheduled for December 11, 2023, in Marrakech, Morocco.