Percy Tau the sole Bafana Bafana contender in CAF Interclub Player of the Year race

Percy Tau the sole Bafana Bafana contender in CAF Interclub Player of the Year race
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Percy Tau, the talented South African footballer, has made headlines once again by earning a well-deserved nomination for the Interclub Player of the Year (MEN) award.

The 29-year-old Percy Tau has been recognized for his outstanding performance throughout the 2022/23 season, during which he played a pivotal role in securing three trophies with Al Ahly.

Percy Tau nominated for Interclub Player of the Year (MEN) award

Percy Tau's nomination for this prestigious award comes on the heels of a remarkable season with Al Ahly, the “Club of the Century.”

Percy Tau contributions played a crucial role in Al Ahly's triumph, which included their 11th CAF Champions League title.

During the campaign, Percy Tau exhibited his extraordinary skills by scoring five goals and setting up five more, showcasing his versatility and playmaking abilities.

The Bafana Bafana vice-captain, Percy Tau, showcased his scoring prowess and creativity in the 2022/23 season.

In all competitions, Percy Tau found the back of the net ten times and provided seven assists, further solidifying his reputation as a dynamic and influential player.

Among the illustrious list of nominees for the Interclub Player of the Year (MEN) award, Percy Tau stands out as the sole South African representative.

His nomination is not only a testament to his individual brilliance but also an acknowledgment of South Africa's growing influence in the world of football.

Percy Tau faces stiff competition in the Interclub Player of the Year category, with Ronwen Williams of Mamelodi Sundowns and Ranga Chivaviro from Marumo Gallants/Kaizer Chiefs also vying for the coveted title.

This competition highlights the depth of talent within South African football.

Nominees revealed for CAF Awards 2023

CAF Awards 2023
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) recently unveiled the list of nominees for the men's categories in the CAF Awards 2023.

These awards are scheduled for a glamorous gala on December 11, 2023, in Marrakech, Morocco.

A panel comprising CAF Technical Experts, African Football Legends, and media representatives from various countries meticulously curated the preliminary list based on the nominees' performances between November 2022 and September 2023.

Categories and Nominations

The CAF Awards 2023 feature several categories. Thirty players have been shortlisted for the prestigious CAF African Player of the Year award. Meanwhile, 20 players have earned nominations for the CAF Interclub Player of the Year.

The Coach of the Year, CAF National Team of the Year, and Club of the Year categories each feature ten nominees. The CAF Young Player of the Year category, meant for players under the age of 21, is also highly competitive.

Introducing the Goalkeeper of the Year category

In a groundbreaking move, CAF has introduced the CAF African Goalkeeper of the Year Category for both men and women.

This new addition aims to recognize and celebrate the exceptional performances of goalkeepers during the review period.

Ten players have been nominated for this novel award, further diversifying the pool of winners at this prestigious annual event.

The Voting process

The ultimate winners in each category will be determined through a voting process involving the CAF Technical Committee, media professionals, and head coaches and captains of Member Associations and clubs that participated in the group stages of the Interclub competitions.

This transparent and comprehensive approach ensures that the deserving individuals receive the recognition they merit for their outstanding contributions to African football.

Full list of CAF Awards 2023 Nominees for men’s categories

Player of the Year 

  1. Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria and Borussia Dortmund)
  2. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Al Ahli)
  3. Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso and Bayer Leverkusen)
  4. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon and SSC Napoli)
  5. Vincent Aboubacar (Cameroon and Besiktas)
  6. Ibrahima Sangare (Cote d’Ivoire and Nottingham Forest)
  7. Seko Fofana (Cote d’Ivoire and Al Nassr)
  8. Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo and Olympique Marseille)
  9. Fiston Mayele (DR Congo and Pyramids)
  10. Mahmoud Abdel Moneim “Kahraba” (Egypt and Ahly)
  11. Mohamed Abdelmonem (Egypt and Al Ahly)
  12. Mohamed ElShenawy (Egypt and Al Ahly)
  13. Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)
  14. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana and West Ham United)
  15. Thomas Partey (Ghana and Arsenal)
  16. Serhou Guirassy (Guinea and VfB Stuttgart)
  17. Yves Bissouma (Mali and Tottenham Hotspur)
  18. Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Paris Saint-Germain)
  19. Azzedine Ounahi (Morocco and Olympique Marseille)
  20. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco and Galatasaray)
  21. Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco and Manchester United)
  22. Yahya Jabrane (Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club)
  23. Yassine Bounou (Morocco and Al Hilal)
  24. Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco and Sevilla)
  25. Peter Shalulile (Namibia and Mamelodi Sundowns)
  26. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria and SSC Napoli)
  27. Sadio Mane (Senegal and Al Nassr)
  28. Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal and Tottenham Hotspur)
  29. Percy Tau (South Africa and Al Ahly)
  30. Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Tunisia and Ferencvaros)

Goalkeeper of the Year 

  1. Mohamed ElShenawy (Egypt and Al Ahly)
  2. Yassine Bounou (Morocco & Al Hilal)
  3. Andre Onana (Cameroon and Manchester United)
  4. Ronwen Williams (South Africa and Mamelodi Sundowns)
  5. Edouard Mendy (Senegal and Al Ahli)
  6. Oussama Benbot (Algeria and USM Alger)
  7. Youssef El Motie (Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club)
  8. Djigui Diarra (Mali and Young Africans)
  9. Pape Mamadou Sy (Senegal and Generation Foot)
  10. Landing Badji (Senegal and AS Pikine)

Interclub Player of the Year 

  1. Aymen Mahious (Algeria and USM Alger/Yverdon-Sport)
  2. Oussama Benbot (Algeria and USM Alger)
  3. Zineddine Belaid (Algeria and USM Alger)
  4. Fiston Mayele (DR Congo and Young Africans/Pyramids)
  5. Makabi Lilepo (DR Congo and Al Hilal/Valenciennes)
  6. Hussein El Shahat (Egypt and Al Ahly)
  7. Mahmoud Abdel Moneim “Kahraba” (Egypt and Ahly)
  8. Mohamed Abdelmonem (Egypt and Al Ahly)
  9. Mohamed ElShenawy (Egypt and Al Ahly)
  10. Mostafa Fathi (Egypt and Pyramids)
  11. Djigui Diarra (Mali and Young Africans)
  12. Yahia Attiyat Allah (Morocco and Wydad Club Athletic)
  13. Yahya Jabrane (Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club)
  14. Youssef El Motie (Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club)
  15. Peter Shalulile (Namibia and Mamelodi Sundowns)
  16. Percy Tau (South Africa and Al Ahly)
  17. Ranga Chivaviro (South Africa and Marumo Gallants/Kaizer Chiefs)
  18. Ronwen Williams (South Africa and Mamelodi Sundowns)
  19. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia and Al Ahly)
  20. Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Tunisia and Esperance Sportive de Tunis /Ferencvaros)

Young Player of the Year 

  1. Dango Ouattara (Burkina Faso and Bournemouth)
  2. Souleymane Alio (Burkina Faso and New Stars)
  3. Ernest Nuamah (Ghana & Olympique Lyonnais)
  4. Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (Morocco and Betis)
  5. Bilal El Khannous (Morocco and Genk)
  6. Gift Orban (Nigeria and KAA Gent)
  7. Lamine Camara (Senegal and Generation Foot/Metz)
  8. Pape Amadou Diallo (Senegal and Generation Foot/Metz)
  9. Pape Demba Diop (Senegal and Zulte Waregem)
  10. Amara Diouf (Senegal and Generation Foot)

Coach of the Year

  1. Abdelhak Benchikha (USM Alger)
  2. Marcel Koller (Al Ahly)
  3. Juan Micha Obiang (Equatorial Guinea)
  4. Tom Saintfiet (The Gambia)
  5. Baciro Cande (Guinea Bissau)
  6. Amir Abdou (Mauritania)
  7. Walid Regragui (Morocco)
  8. Chiquinho Conde (Mozambique)
  9. Aliou Cisse (Senegal)
  10. Pape Thiaw (Senegal – CHAN)

National Team of the Year 

  1. Cape Verde
  2. The Gambia
  3. Guinea Bissau
  4. Equatorial Guinea
  5. Mauritania
  6. Morocco
  7. Mozambique
  8. Namibia
  9. Senegal
  10. Tanzania

Club of the Year 

  1. CR Belouizdad (Algeria)
  2. USM Alger (Algeria)
  3. ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire)
  4. Al Ahly (Egypt)
  5. Raja Club Athletic (Morocco)
  6. Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)
  7. Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
  8. Marumo Gallants (South Africa)
  9. Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia)
  10. Young Africans (Tanzania)

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.