Absa Premiership

Sundowns named CAF Club of the Year

2017-01-06 08:00
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Cape Town - Following an impressive 2016, Mamelodi Sundowns were named Club of the Year at the CAF Awards in Abuja, Nigeria.

In a year which Sundowns claimed the Absa Premiership as well as their first CAF Champions League triumph, the Pretoria side were up against Confederations Cup champions TP Mazembe for the award.

The Brazilians are the first club in 15 years to win the prize from the COSAFA region as Kaizer Chiefs were recognised for their 2001 season.

Meanwhile, Pitso Mosimane named the CAF Coach of the Year while Denis Onyango was crowned CAF's African Player of the Year - Based in Africa.

With Bafana Bafana not taking part in this years edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Sundowns have had a lengthy festive season break.

The Pretoria side is set to start training for the second-half of the season on January 18.

Award winners:

African Player of the Year

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)

African Player of the Year - based in Africa

Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Women's Player of the Year

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Arsenal Ladies)

Most promising talent

Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City)

Young Player of the Year

Alex Iwobi (Nigeria & Arsenal)

Coach of the Year

Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Club of the Year

Mamelodi Sundowns

National team of the Year

Uganda

Women's national team of the Year

Nigeria

Referee of the Year

Bakary Papa Gassama

CAF African XI for 2016:

Goalkeeper: Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire & PSG), Aymen Abdenour (Tunisia & Valencia), Eric Bailly (Cote d'Ivoire & Manchester United), Joyce Lomalisa (DRC &AS Vita)

Midfielders: Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns), Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe),Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Forwards: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund), Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)

Subs: Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli), Salif Coulibaly (Mali & TP Mazembe), Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City), Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Nigeria & Arsenal)

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