Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: CAF Award Fall-Out - Work Harder, Ladipo Charges Nigerian Football Players

Nigerian football players in Europe and other parts of the world have been enjoined to work harder this season to ensure that they compete for the 2013 edition of the GLO-CAF Awards.

The President General of Nigerian football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo made this remark in Lagos over the weekend in view of Nigerian players missing out of the shortlisted names for the 2012 of the award holding in Ghana.

He said that "it is only hard work and dedication that can make any Nigerian player to be a strong contender of the prestigious Glo-CAF Awards.

He therefore advised Nigerian players to put in their best and ensure that they emerge among the best in their various clubs so as to ensure that they are short-listed among the top three for GLO-CAF Awards next year.

"Let's regenerate the good old days when our players not only dominated the list of short-listed candidates, but went ahead to win the Awards," he pleaded.

Dr. Ladipo also exhorted the players to work hard ahead of the 2013 African Cup of Nations and 2014 World Cup qualifiers next year, adding that successful outings in the two competitions will boost the chances of Nigerian players in the 2013 Glo-Caf Awards.

Mikel Obi of Chelsea was the only Nigerian player that was short-listed for top ten of 2012 Glo-Caf Awards. But he was eventually dropped when the list of top Five was announced.

CAF also released the final list of three African players last week for the awards. They are Ivorian Didier Drogba who currently plays in China League, Manchester City Midfielder, Yaya Toure and Camerounian midfielder, Alexander Song who ply his trade with Barcelona Football Club in Spain.

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