The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the 2014 Glo-CAF Awards will take place in Nigeria’s cultural capital Lagos on Thursday, 8 January 2015.
The annual event is expected to attract players and officials of the game who have distinguished themselves during the year under review (2014). Some of them will be receiving awards in different bureaus of the game.
Several departments including the prestigious African Player of the Year as well as 15 other categories will be recognized during the Gala night.
Even though the ‘African Player of the Year’ award seems to be the most keenly followed, other categories are increasingly gaining popularity in recent years.
The categories to be awarded are: African Player of The Year (International), African Player of The Year (Based in Africa), National Team of The Year, Club of The Year, Referee of the Year and Coach (Manager) of The Year.
The rest are Most Promising Talent, Women’s National Team of The Year, Women’s Player of The Year, African Legend, CAF Fair Play Award, Youth Player of the Year and Platinum Award.
Arguably—apart from the announcement of the Player of the Year—the highlight of the event is the unveiling of Africa’s finest eleven (Africa XI). One player per each position on the field is selected to represent a plausible African side.
This year’s event will also see two new categories; Goal of the Year and Save of the Year, to be decided by votes from the public; mainly through text messaging and online voting.
The prestigious Awards has been sponsored by Nigerian Telco giant Globacom since 2005.
This is the third time Lagos will be hosting the event after 2008 and 2013. Previous host cities include Abuja (2005), Accra (2006, 2009, 2011, 2012), Lome (2007) and Cairo (2010).