The city of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, is already agog with excitement as it prepares to host top stakeholders in the African football community at the 2015 Glo-CAF Awards on January 7, 2016.
Abuja is hosting the awards for the second time, having hosted the inaugural edition of Glo-CAF Awards in 2005.
In a press statement released on Tuesday in Lagos, Globacom said: “The Glo-CAF Awards 2015 is where you will meet the greatest African football legends, including the new African Footballer of the Year and winners in 12 other categories.”
The categories include African Player of The Year (Based in Africa), National Team of The Year, Club of The Year and Coach of The Year.
Other categories are Women’s National Team of The Year, Women’s Footballer of The Year, Most Promising Talent, Referee of The Year, Legend of The year, Fair Play Award, Platinum Award, which has only one nominee and Africa Finest XI.
Abuja, Nigeria was announced as the host of 2015 Glo-CAF Awards by the Confederation of African Football in October this year and sponsors and organizers of the event, Globacom, said plans are afoot to stage a memorable Awards gala for the second time in Nigeria’s federal capital.
The event is expected to congregate top football celebrities across Africa, as well as top government officials from Nigeria, Ghana and other parts of Africa, the statement said.
As usual, the Awards and possible winners have been the subject of discussions in the media and among football fans and youth across Africa.
The list of top 10 contenders for the 2015 African Footballer of the Year and 10 nominees for Africa Footballer of the Year (Africa-based) was recently released by Confederation of African Football.
Since Glo took over the sponsorship in 2005, the event has been held in several cities in Africa.
Accra, Ghana hosted the 2006 edition, while the 2007 edition was held in Lome, Togo.
The city of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, hosted the event for the first time in 2008, before it moved back to Accra in 2009.
Cairo, the capital of Egypt, hosted the 2010 edition of the award, while the event was held back-to-back in Accra, Ghana in 2011 and 2012.
Lagos hosted the 2013 and 2014 editions.
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