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CAF Awards: Najjemba nominated for young women player of the year


Fauzia Najjemba, 20 has been nominated for the CAF young player of the year in the Women’s category for the second consecutive time.

The Crested cranes and ZFK Dynamo Moscow player gets herself onto the list with nine other young female African footballers.

The young star has had a successful spell in the Russian based team, ZFK Dynamo Moscow registering 7goals and 4 assists in the eight games of the season helping her team stay in the fifth position.

She has played a great role with the Uganda women’s  national team, (Crested cranes) guiding them through the first stages of the 2024 Olympic qualifiers against Rwanda  unfortunately losing to Cameron in the extra time with a 3-2 aggregate.

The 2003 born Najjemba scored and assisted in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Algeria where Uganda lost.

Najjemba has also played for Kampala Queens in Uganda, Shymkent in Kazakhstan which she left in January to join the Russian league.

Other young stars nominated together with Najjemba include, the  Tanzanian Winfreda Gerald.

The 18yr old Winfreda helped Tanzania women’s national team win the 2023 U18 CECAFA defeating Uganda 1-0 in the finals at the Azam complex in Tanzania. She was also voted the best player of the tournament.

Mary Amponsah and Comfort Yehaboah are the Ghanaian pair that also feature on the list.

Yeboah and Amponsah currently playing for Ampem Darkoa Delta Queens in Ghana have had a successful year winning, Guinness Ghana Women’s Premier league, FA cup and WAFU zone B champions league qualifiers.

Nesryne EL Chad from Morocco, helped her side reach the FIFA women’s world cup in Australia and Newzealand losing to France.

The Nigerian trio Oluwatosin Demehin, Esther Ajakaye and Deborah Abiodun also feature in the list.

Oluwatosin Demehin and Deborah Abiodun featured in the Nigerian team that reached the knock out stages of the 2023 FIFA women’s world cup in Australia and Newzealand.

Hapsatou Diallo, playing  for Senegal and SD Eibar in Spain and finally Thubelihle Shamase, the South African 21yr midfielder all battle out for the prestigious award for the best young female player on the continent

For a second successive year, Crested Cranes & Kampala Queens striker Fazila Ikwaput is the Ugandan among the nominees for the Best Female Player of the Year in the CAF Awards.

The event will take place on Monday, 11th December, 2023 in Morocco.

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