The Awards is an annual ritual to honour African footballers and match officials who have performed excellently in various departments of the beautiful game and more so making a great contribution to the development of African football.
The award which goes as far back to 1992 when the best African Footballer of the Year was recognized, has extended to different categories with the inclusion of female footballers for their tremendous commitment to the game.
Progressively getting a charge out of extraordinary ubiquity past the shores of Africa, CAF Awards is presented to players based on unadulterated merit for their commitment and contribution towards the promotion and development of the continent’s football.
The tales of the gong can’t be narrated without mentioning the names of Nigeria players that had won it in the past, but then the last time a Nigerian won was in 1999, the only thing the Nigerian football enthusiast could take solace in is that a Nigeria player managed to get to the podium.
Since then, the crown has been a thing of the past, due to their below-par performances for clubs and country, and critically the chances of being nominated continued to nosedive.
However, with the golden generation of Nigerian players all on the radar, as it stands now the country’s football fans surely have something to look forward to, as we are gradually going to witness a brighter future when it’s comes to winning the most coveted gong.
It’s being 20-year since a Nigerian won the most coveted crown for Africa best in the male category, however, we’ve seen some young Nigerian players winning the “CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year” recently, but they haven’t been able to natch the bigger price which is Best African player of the year.
However, with the flocks of talents in the Super Eagles, the chances of winning it looks imminent, with their current form and performance for both clubs and country.
Meanwhile, the future is bright and below we list out 3 Players who can break Nigeria’s 20 years of dry spell and put the nation’s name on the continent once again.
Osimhem won the 2015 Youth Player of the Year Award not by chance or favoritism but by merit, he was the record-breaking goal king at the U17 World Cup in Chile with 10 goals. He upstaged Mali U20 star Adama Traore, who was the MVP of the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Pretty much have scaled up and down his career but presently the Nigeria and Lille forward is definitely one of many Nigerian players that has a bright future ahead of him and currently in good form.
Since he puts pen to paper with the Ligue 1 side, Osimhen has been firing from all cylinders, and if he continues with this kind of form and performance we might get to witness those glorious years in Nigeria football once again, however before then a lot of works needs to be done with his consistency.
The young Villareal forward is another talented player that might change the course of the CAF award with the way and manner he started his career, which looks very bright.
Chuckwueze has shown the football world his electrifying skills at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, and with the sheer manner, he took the Spanish League with breathtaking displays. Nor forgetting that he finished 9th position in the voting for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award for the best U21 player.
However, we could only hope the young lad continues with this blistering form, dedicated and keeps growing organically for him to be one day nominated and probably go ahead to win the award
The Leicester City combative midfielder has always been one of African’s best midfielders in over 3 years now and one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old has been a consistent performer for the Foxes since his arrival at the King Power Stadium in 2017 to fill the vacant boot left by N’Golo Kante, who left for Chelsea. The 23-year old is currently ranked as the best tackler in the EPL with 61 tackles and has the most ball recovery this season (37).
However, despite his superb form with the Foxes he hasn’t being able to get close to the podium.
Nevertheless, if he continues with his form and replicates it with the National team then we should be looking forward to seeing another Nigeria player winning the covetous CAF Award, but then he must be dedicated, stay out of injuries if possible, and critically keep playing in the top flight.
FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.
Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.
Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.
As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.
The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.
International match calendar and release of players.
The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.
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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.
2020 financials and 2022 budget
The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.
FIFA Arab Cup 2021™
The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency
Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?
The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.
Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.
Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.
The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.
However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.
It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.
The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.
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Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.
Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.
In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.
Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.
Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.
Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.
Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.
However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.