Nigeria women’s national team head coach Thomas Dennerby has expressed confidence on Super Falcons duo Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega, stating that both players stand a good chance to win 2018 Africa Women Player of the Year award.
Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa made the final three shortlists for the crown which was released by African football governing body on Tuesday, with Oshoala eyeing her third in a row alongside compatriot Ordega after helping Nigeria extend her supremacy in Africa winning the ninth title in Ghana last December.
The Nigerian stars must shake off the challenge from Houston Dash’s Kgatlana, who bagged the tournament’s top scorer with five goals and Most Valuable Player awards with Banyana Banyana.
The Swedish gaffer, who led the team to continental success revealed that the race for the award is open for the trio, especially the Nigerian forwards underscoring their 2018 achievements.
“Of course, I’m very happy for them [Oshoala and Ordega] on making the final three,” Dennerby told Goal.
“It shows that they did well and we just have to keep on working hard. Nothing comes off itself. If we had made three final three, I will be happier, especially when we have players for FIFA awards.”
“It is hard to say who will win but I think that they have a good chance if you look at the whole year 2018.
“Maybe, sometimes the jury remembers the last tournament’s best but when we are picking the best of the year, they must be talking about a whole one year, adding what happens in the leagues.”
It would be recalled that Oshoala led her Chinese Women Super League side Dalian Quanjian to a double, while Ordega scored three goals for Washington Spirit and was named in the NWSL team of the month for April.
Meanwhile Kgatlana’s late winner in the group stage game against Nigeria at the 2018 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been nominated for goal of the African goal of the year.
The 2018 CAF African Footballer of the Year gala night is expected to take centre stage in the Senegalese capital, Dakar January 8, 2019.