Black Queens forward Evelyn Badu nominated for CAF top award
Black Queens midfielder, Evelyn Badu has been nominated for the Women's Player of the Year in the 2023 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards to be staged in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, December 11.
Last year, Badu was crowned Young Player of the Year and Interclub Player of the Year at the 2022 CAF Awards in Rabat, Morocco but this year, she is in contention for CAF's topmost female award alongside other great players across the continent.
Badu, 21, has been nominated in recognition of her stellar performance for Norwegian club Avaldsnes IL and the Black Queens. She displayed impressive form in both the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers and the Women's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
She has been scoring from all cylinders for Ghana with the Black Queens who are yet to taste defeat since Nora Häuptle was appointed as head coach in January.
The box-to-box midfielder will be competing with 29 other players, including FC Barcelona and Nigeria superstar Asisat Oshiola, AS FAR and Morocco midfielder Fatima Tagnaout, Glasgow City FC and South Africa winger Linda Motlhalo as well as Cameroon and Internazionale Milano forward Ajara Nchout Njoya for the accolade.
Meanwhile, the Black Queens have been nominated in the Women’s Team of the Year category of the 2023 CAF Awards.
The senior national team have been on a winning spree since Nora Häuptle took over the coaching job early this year.
They face competition from Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Burundi, and Senegal.
Full List of Nominees (in alphabetic order by Member Association):
Player of the Year (Women)
1. Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon, Internazionale Milano)
2. Evelyn Badu (Ghana, Avaldnes)
3. Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi, Paris Saint-Germain)
4. Temwa Chawinga (Malawi, Wuhan Jiangda)
5. Anissa Lahmari (Morocco, Levante Las Planas)
6. Fatima Tagnaout (Morocco, AS FAR)
7. Ghizlaine Chebbak (Morocco, AS FAR)
8. Ibtissam Jraidi (Morocco, AS FAR/Al Ahli)
9. Khadija Er-Rmichi (Morocco, AS FAR)
10. Zenatha Coleman (Namibia, Fenerbahce)
11. Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria, Barcelona)
12. Chiamaka Nnadozie (Nigeria, Paris FC)
13. Christy Ucheibe (Nigeria, Benfica)
14. Osinachi Ohale (Nigeria, Alaves/Pachuca)
15. Rasheedat Ajibade (Nigeria, Atletico Madrid)
16. Toni Payne (Nigeria, Sevilla)
17. Uchenna Kanu (Nigeria, Tigres/Racing Louisville)
18. Ndeye Awa Diakhaté (Senegal, Olympique de Marseille)
19. Andile Dlamini (South Africa, Mamelodi Sundowns)
20. Hilda Magaia (South Africa, Sejong Sportstoto)
21. Jermaine Seoposenwe (South Africa, Juarez/Monterrey)
22. Linda Motlhalo (South Africa, Glasgow City)
23. Refiloe Jane (South Africa, Sassuolo)
24. Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa, Racing Louisville)
25. Afi Sabine Woedikou (Togo, Strasbourg/Nantes)
26. Sabrina Ellouzi (Tunisia, Excelsior)
27. Fazila Ikwaput (Uganda, Kampala Queens)
28. Barbara Banda (Zambia, Shanghai Shengli)
29. Grace Chanda (Zambia, Madrid CFF)
30. Rachael Kundananji (Zambia, Madrid CFF)