A Nigerian Beach Soccer star, Abu Azeez has been included in the shortlist of 50 players in the run for the World Best Player for 2018. 

The shortlist for the Best Player of the Year and Best Coach of the Year awards was unveiled on Tuesday, featuring 50 players and 12 coaches from the six different confederations.

Aside from Azeez, Senegal’s Babacar FALL is the other African in the run for the World Best Player Award.

The Best Player of the Year and Best Coach of the Year will be awarded in the coming Beach Soccer Stars 2018 Gala, to take place in Dubai on the 10th of November.

The captains and coaches of all the National Teams of all the beach soccer competitions will cast their votes to decide the winner.

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The voting will also decide the Best Goalkeeper and the five players shaping the dream line-up, the so called Best 5 Stars.

During the Beach Soccer Stars 2018 gala other awards will be given, including Best Women’s Player, Rising Star of the Year, Best Goal of the Year,  and Best Event of the Year.

 Some of nominees for the Best Player of the year are:

Aaron CLARKE (ENG)

ABU Azeez (NGA)

Amjad Abdallah AL HAMDANI (OMA)

ANTONIO José Mayor Hernández (ESP)

Artur PAPOROTNYI (RUS)

Babacar FALL (SEN)

BErnardo Barral MARTINS Santos (POR)

Boris NIKONOROV (RUS)

BRUNO Da Silva XAVIER (BRA)

And the 12 coaches that can be named Best Coach of the Year are:

Angelo SCHIRINZI (SUI)

Emiliano DEL DUCA (ITA)

GILBERTO COSTA de Sousa (BRA)

Gustavo ‘GUGA’ Zloccowick (PAR)

JOAQUÍN Alonso (ESP)

MARIO NARCISO (POR)

Mikhail LIKHACHEV (RUS)

Mustapha EL HADAOUI (MOR)

NICO Alvarado (BLR)

RAMÓN RAYA Mejía (MEX)

RUI RAMOS (JPN)

Zeynal ZEYNALOV (AZE)