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Banyana’s Portia up for top continental award

Banyana Banyana midfielder and 2012 Olympian Portia Modise is among three of Africa’s women football stars nominated in the CAF African Footballer of the Year category, as a part of the Glo-CAF Awards.

The award winners will be announced in Accra on Thursday, 20 December 2012.

Modise, who scored South Africa’s only goal at the Olympians with a scorcher against Sweden, has scored 73 goals in her 102 appearances for the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana. She also played a key role during the national team’s campaign to the final of the CAF African Women Championship 2012, held in Equatorial Guinea last month.

ÔÇ£I am delighted that my performances have been recognised in what has been one of Banyana Banyana’s busiest and most successful years in the national team’s history, and must thank Safa, Sasol, my team-mates and all persons who have supported and encouraged me,ÔÇØ said Modise.

The Palace Super Falcons (Sasol League Gauteng) player will contest the title along with 15-year-old Nigerian goal-scoring sensation Chinwendu Ihezuo, who scored six goals during the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup this year, and Equatorial Guinea playmaker Genoveva Anoman, who scored six goals to help her country clinch the CAF African Women Championship title.

Africa Cup of Nations champions Zambia are in the running in the National Team of the Year category along with Cape Verde (highest placed ever CAF and FIFA rankings of 10 and 51 respectively achieved in 2012), Central African Republic (qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations eliminating record-holders Egypt in the qualifiers) and Cote d’ Ivoire (2012 Africa Cup of Nations finalists and the highest placed African team on the FIFA world rankings).

The Women’s National Team of the Year award will be decided between Equatorial Guinea (2012 CAF African Women Championship winners) and the Ghana U-17 side (bronze medalists at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup bronze medalists knocking out tournament favourites Japan en route to the semi-finals).

The Coach of the Year finalists are Zambian mentor Herve Renard (who led Zambia to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title), Al-Ahly coach Hossam El Bady (who plotted his team’s path to a record 7th CAF Champions League title), Esperance boss Nabil Maaloul (who took his club to the CAF Champions League final) and AC Leopards, Tunisia coach Nasreddine Nabi (who led his charges to the first CAF Confederation Cup trophy).

The Most Promising Talent section of the awards, will be a battle between Egyptian U-23 star Mohamed Salah (who scored in three of his team’s four matches at the London Olympics), Senegalese striker Moussa Monate (who scored in all four of his country’s matches at the London Olympics) and Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (who scored a sensational goal to help Celtic beat Spanish Giants Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League).

The club of the Year category is also expected to be closely contested with Egyptian giants Al Ahly, Esperance (Turkey), AC Leopards (Congo) and Mali’s Djoliba (CAF Confederation Cup finalists) nominated.


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