Captain of the Black Maidens Mukarama Abdulai has been nominated for the 2018 Women’s African Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
Mukarama, who is likely to be named the Golden Boot winner of the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, led Ghana’s U-17 women’s team to the quarter-finals of that tournament.
Her seven goals at the tournament – which ends on Saturday – makes her the country’s all-time leading goal-scorer in that tournament, and probably in a FIFA world cup.
Mukarama was nominated together with Black Queens’ captain Elizabeth Addo, who plies her trade in the US for Seattle Reign.
Queens’ striker Portia Boakye has also been nominated.
But the three Ghanaians will be in contention with 12 other top female players including reigning queen Asisat Oshoala of the Super Falcons and Chrestinah Kgatlana of the Banyana Banyana.
The nominees’ list will be pruned down to three before the awards gala on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.
List of nominees for Women’s African Player of the Year:
- Abdulai Mukarama (Ghana & Northern Ladies)
- Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dilian Quanjian)
- Bassira Toure (Mali & AS Mande)
- Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)
- Desire Oparanozia (Nigeria & Guingamp)
- Elizabeth Addo (Ghana & Seattle Reign)
- Francisca Ordega (Nigeria & Washington Spirit)
- Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moskow)
- Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon & Avaldenes)
- Janine Van Wyk (South Africa & Houston Dash)
- Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk (Cameroon & Nancy-Lorraine)
- Onome Ebi (Nigeria & Hekan Huisanhang)
- Portia Boakye (Ghana & Djurgardens)
- Raissa Feudjio (Cameroon & Aland United)
- Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning)
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana