Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that Abuja, the Nation’s capital has been chosen to host the 2016 Glo CAF Awards on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
The awards will take place at the International Conference Centre (ICC), and this will be the third time that the city of Abuja will be hosting the event after hosting the inaugural edition in 2005 and the 2015 edition.
In a press statement, Africa’s highest football body, CAF, said: “The 2016 Glo-CAF Awards will be held in the city of Abuja, Nigeria and the new African Footballer of the Year, the greatest African football legends and 15 winners in other categories will be unveiled during the Gala night.”
Other Award categories include African Player of The Year (Based in Africa), National Team of The Year, Club of The Year and Coach of The Year, Most Promising Talent, Women’s National Team of The Year, Woman Player of The Year, Referee of The Year, African Legend, CAF Fair Play Award, Platinum Award – which is usually reserved for the President of the host country, Africa Finest XI and Youth Player of The Year.
The current CAF African player of the year is Gabonese International and Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the current African Player of the Year – Based in Africa- is Mbwana Ally Samatta of Tanzania.
Since 2005 when telecommunications giant Glo took over the sponsorship, the awards gala has been held in several cities across Africa. Accra, Ghana hosted the 2006 edition, while the event moved to Lome, Togo, in 2007. Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos, hosted the event in 2008 before it moved back to Accra in 2009. The 2010 edition of the award took place in Cairo, Egypt, while Accra hosted the event back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Lagos again hosted the 2013 and 2014 editions.