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2013 Glo-CAF Awards ceremony

Nigeria: Oliseh, Tshabalala to compere 2013 Glo-CAF Awards ceremony Thursday - Ex-Nigerian national football team captain, Sunday Oliseh, and South African Television Icon, Carol Tshabalala, will compere proceedings at the 2013 Glo-CAF Awards ceremony Thursday in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial city.


The two personalities are expected to add glitz to the ceremony, designed to celebrate and honour African football personalities for their heroics during the 2013.

Dozens of personalities from players, coaches, administrators, fans and all the stakeholders of the world’s popular sport have confirmed their attendance for the ceremony.

Oliseh, a popular figure in Nigeria for his exploits during his playing days, will for the first time be seen in an unfamiliar
platform other than the playing turf, as he partners Tshabalala to drive the event to the much-anticipated dizzy heights.

A prolific defensive midfielder in his playing days, Oliseh starred for top clubs such as Ajax (Netherlands), Borussia Dortmund (Germany) and Juventus (Italy).

The 39-year old currently acts as a pundit, appearing on several international networks to discuss, preview and review football matches.

A qualified coach (UEFA Pro-License holder), Oliseh was named in the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) during last year’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where incidentally Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets were crowned champions for a record fourth time.

Oliseh made over 60 appearances for the Super Eagles, scoring some splendid goals including the one against Spain during the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

Besides appearing at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the US, the workaholic player was also a member of the victorious Nigerian squads at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and the 1996 Olympic Games in US.

On the otherhand, Tshabalala anchors various programmes on Football, Boxing and Rugby on South African pay television channel, Supersports.

She also presents her own show - “Love PSL” which focuses on football lifestyle.

Previously, she was the only female soccer anchor in South Africa, presenting live Premier Soccer League matches on “Laduma” on SABC 1.

In a broadcasting career that began in 2000, Tshabalala has gone on to host high-profile events, including 2003 and 2008 “Miss South Africa and Miss South Africa teen” pageants.

Her biggest show probably remains compering the 2011 FIFA Ballon D’or Awards Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, with Pedro Pinto, formerly of CNN.

The top award at the event will be the African Player of the Year, for which three players have been shortlisted: Ivorian Yaya Toure, who won the award last year, his compatriot Didier Drogba and John Obi Mikel of Nigeria.

In the African Player of the year (based in Africa) category, CAF has shortlisted Egyptians Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Abou Trika and Nigerian Sunday Mba.

Following are the other categories:

National Team of the Year
Burkina Faso
Ethiopia
Nigeria

Youth National team of the Year
Nigeria U 17

Club of the Year
Al Ahly
CS Sfaxien
Orlando Pirates

Fair Play Award
Nigerian Supporter

Coach of the Year
Manu Garba
Stephen Keshi
Paul Put

Most Promising Talent
Ebenezer Assifuah
Saleh Gomaa
Kelechi Iheanacho

Referee Award
Alioum Neant
Haimoudi Djamel
Papa Bakary Gassama

Legend Award
Bruno Metsu
Mehdi Faria

Pana 10/01/2014