Lagos - Arrangements are being perfected by organisers of
the 2013 African Footballer of the Year Awards – Globacom and the Nigeria
Football Federation to ensure a successful hosting of the event.
The Glo CAF Awards will be presented at the Eko Convention
Centre in Lagos on Thursday.
The Awards ceremony traditionally rewards the best men and
women performers in several sectors of the game of football in the continent in
the outgone year.
At the weekend, NFF President, Aminu Maigari held a
meeting with a delegation from the telecommunication giants, where several issues,
especially the reception, transportation, accommodation and security of the CAF
delegation as well as the role of Nigeria Football Federation were highlighted.
Noting that the NFF is one of the most respected football
Federations in the African continent and that the Aminu Maigari administration
is a brand to associate with, Globacom’s Director of Public Relations, Olabode Opeseitan declared that “our objective is to deliver a world class
event interspersed with unique brand of African entertainment, and we need the
support of NFF to achieve this.”
Former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh will anchor the event
alongside renown South African broadcaster Carol Tshabalala.
Nigeria’s National Team, winner of the 29th Africa Cup of
Nations and first African team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014,
is nominated for National Team of the Year, while the U-17 Team, record fourth
winners of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates, is nominated for
Youth National Team of the Year.
Midfield lynchpin John Mikel Obi is nominated alongside
Ivorians Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba for Player of the Year, with Coach
Stephen Keshi is in the race for Coach of the Year alongside compatriot Manu Garba
of the U-17 side, while Kelechi Iheanacho, Most Valuable Player of the FIFA
U-17 World Cup UAE 2013, in the race for Most Promising Talent.
Attacking midfielder Sunday Mba, who scored the only goal of
the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final, is nominated for African Player of the Year
(based in Africa) while the Nigeria Football Supporters Club will pick up the
Fair Play Award.