Orlando Pirates’ outstanding run in the CAF Confederations Cup has seen a quartet of their players nominated for CAF’s Player of the Year – based in Africa award.
The Buccaneers are looking to put a CAF Confederations Cup title to their name to add to the CAF Champions League trophy they won in 1995 as they prepare to take on Tunisia side Etoile du Sahel in this year’s Confederations Cup final.
Pirates’ superb run has seen them beating some of Africa’s best, including Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the semi-finals, the team recognized for their achievement by having Thamsanqa Gabuza, Felipe Ovono, Oupa Manyisa and Kermit Erasmus all short-listed for the CAF’s Player of the Year – based in Africa accolade.
Gabuza, Erasmus and Manyisa have all been influential in attack, netting 14 combined goals, while Ovono has been a steady influence in goal.
The 24 nominees are as follows:
Abdeladim Khadrouf (Moghreb Tebouan)
Abdelmalek Ziaya (ES Setif)
Ahmed Akaichi (Etoile du Sahel)
Andiramahitsinoro Carolus (USMA)
Baghdad Bounedjah (Etoile du Sahel)
Bakri el Madina (El Merriekh)
Bassem Morsi (Zamalek)
Boris Moubhio (AC Leopards)
Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien)
Felipe Ovono (Orlando Pirates)
Guelassiognon Gbohouo (TP Mazembe)
Hazem Emam (Zamalek)
Hoicine Ragued (Esperance)
Kermit Erasmus (Orlando Pirates)
Malick Evouna (Al-Ahly)
Mbwana Aly Samatta (TP Mazembe)
Mohamed Koffi (Zamalek)
Mohamed Meftah (USMA)
Moudather el Tahir (Al Hilal)
Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates)
Robert Kidiaba (TP Mazembe)
Roger Assale (TP Mazembe)
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Orlando Pirates)
Zein Edin Farahat (USMA)