NFF Boss, Pinnick Slams CAF over Moses Player of the Year Snub
Nigerian Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, is leading the protest against Caf’s decision to drop Victor Moses from the final three shortlist of the 2017 African Player of the Year Award.
Caf on Monday announced Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Saido Mane as the final contenders for this year’s gong, leaving out Moses and seven others from its ultimate category nominees for the awards gala slated for January 4 in Accra on Monday.
Chelsea’s Moses, 28, was seeking to become the first Nigerian to win the top honour since Nwankwo Kanu in 1999, after helping the Blues to the Premier League trophy and playing a crucial role as Nigeria sealed a World Cup ticket.
“I’m not happy because I feel that Moses should be part of the last three,” Pinnick said after the podium was announced.
“The only reason why [Riyad] Mahrez won the award last year was because of what he did with Leicester [City].
“And Moses helped Chelsea to win the league; played in the FA Cup final; and helped Nigeria qualify for the World Cup. So I wonder why.”
Reigning BBC African Footballer of the Year Salah comes in as strong favourite for the award after a stellar year that’s seen him emerge as one of the top players on the planet following his switch from AS Roma to Liverpool, but Pinnick believes there should be other criteria for selecting the players, Goal writes.
“I’m surprised. Maybe we should look at other criteria either than coaches who already have their mindset about who they want to vote for,” Pinnick added.
“Tell me what Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did last year to deserve a place ahead of Moses. Aubameyang should not be on that list. He’s struggling with [Borussia] Dortmund.
“I am going to send a proposal to CAF for a new idea of selecting the players because certainly I’m not happy.”