Exit From CAF Award Is No Surprise to Me – Coleman

Brave Gladiator’s Zenatha Coleman said her not making it to the top three nominees’ shortlist of the 2014 Confederation of African Football (Caf) Women’s Player of the Year award was no surprise.

In a telephonic interview with Nampa on Monday, Coleman said she expected it because she was competing with top African players.

The top three nominees’ of the Women’s Player of the Year finalists are Cameroon Annette Ngo Ndom, Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria, and her teammate Desire Oparanozie. They were announced by Caf on Christmas Day.

Other finalists besides Coleman were Portia Modise of South Africa.

Information obtained from the Caf website stated that Coleman fell out of the award following votes from head coaches or technical directors of the national associations affiliated to the Confederation of African Football.

She added that if there is a chance for her to sign an official contract to play internationally, she will not hesitate on taking it.

“Playing internationally will be great for me to improve my skills,” she said.

Gladiator’s head coach, Jacqueline Shipanga, also told Nampa on Monday that Coleman’s nomination was a huge achievement for Namibia.

“Even if she could not make it to the top three, I am pleased that she was nominated,” said Shipanga, adding that at Coleman’s age she has done Namibia proud.

She added that having played three games during the competition, Coleman and her team have proved their skills and all they need now is a league and exposure to foreign teams.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the Glo-Caf Awards Gala on Thursday, 8 January 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.

The other categories are:

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa

Akram Djahnit (Algeria and ES Setif)

El Hedi Belamieri (Algeria and ES Setif)

Firmin Mubele Ndombe (DR Congo and AS Vita)

Youth Player of the Year

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and River Angels)

Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon and Barcelona)

Uchechi Sunday (Nigeria and River Angels)

Most Promising Talent

Clinton N’jie (Cameroon and Olympique Lyon)

Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon and Porto)

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria and Porto)

Coach of the Year

Florent Ibenge (DR Congo)

Kheireddine Madoui (ES Setif)

Vahid Halilhodžic (Former coach of Algeria)

National Team of the Year

Algeria

Libya

Nigeria

Women’s National Team of the Year

Cameroon

Nigeria

Nigeria U20

Club of the Year

Al Ahly (Egypt)

AS Vita (DR Congo).

Nampa

Source : The Namibian