Though Nigeria is out of the running for the biggest prize in Thursday's AITEO CAF Awards in Accra, Ghana it could still be a memorable edition for the country.

Nigeria is very much in contention in four categories but it is yet to be seen in just how many they will emerge tops as stiff oppositions are on the cards in Ghana.

Nigeria’s specific interests in Thursday’s event can be found in the Women African Player of the Year award (with Asisat Oshoala again in contention), this for many is a foregone conclusion and losing this will be surprising.

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There is also hope for the Men’s National Team of the Year (where the Super Eagles emerged as the first African team to qualify for Russia 2018 and also with a match to spare from a so–called ‘group of death’). It is, however, quite dicey here as Cameroon the reigning African champions as well as Zambia's U-20 team did well enough to also merit this prize

Nigeria also has a shot at the Women’s National Team of the Year (featuring the Nigeria U20 girls).

Finally, Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, is in the race for the Coach of the Year award and flew into Accra on Wednesday afternoon.  

The feelers from Accra suggest that Egyptian national team coach Hector Cuper may however beat Rohr to this award.

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