Nigeria national football team coach, Stephen Keshi, and his compatriot, Manu Garba, who led the nation’s cadet team to a victorious FIFA Under-17 World Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have been nominated for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Coach of the Year award.
The duo hopes to edge Burkina Faso national team coach Paul Put to the prize.
Caf released the nominees for the other categories for the 2013 Glo-Caf Awards on Thursday. Keshi, Garba, are not the only Nigerian player or outfit on the list as the Golden Eaglets are well in line to be named the Youth National Team of the Year.
The Nigeria Supporters club will look to win the CAF Fair Play Award for cheering the Super Eagles to a third African Cup of Nations (AFCON) triumph in South Africa last February and leading a multitude of fans that turned out for the Nigeria versus Mexico U-17 World Cup final Cup in Abu Dhabi last month.
Kelechi Iheanacho, who claimed the Silver Boot (with six goals) and the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, was named against Ghana and FC Sion striker, Ebenezer Assifuah, Egyptian Saleh Goma and Alexis Youguda for the Most Promising Talent prize.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, Stallions of Burkina Faso and Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia slug out the National Team of the Year crown.
Other categories up for grabs are the Club of the Year, Referee of the Year and Caf Legend.
The winners will be decided by votes from Caf Technical and Development and Media Committees, except Fair Play, Legend and Platinum awards, which are not subject to vote.
Caf Referee Committee will vote out the winner of the Referee of the Year.
The winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria.