The CAF Awards 2023 are eagerly anticipated across the globe, as fans of the African game wait with baited breath to see who will be the winners in each category.
Walid Al-Raghraghi, Aliou Cisse and Abdelhak Ben Sheikha are the trio of coaches shortlisted for the Best Coach of the Year Award which will be announced at the glittering ceremony on Monday, December 11, in Marrakech, Morocco.
Walid Regragui (Morocco)
Walid Al-Raghraghi, led his country to shine at the highest level of world football when he guided Morocco to Africa’s first-ever semi-final appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals.
After his succeeding at club level with Wydad AC, the Moroccan tactician has established himself at national level as one of the best coaches on the continent as he continues to set benchmarks in his coaching career on the continent with the Moroccan national team.
Aliou Cisse (Senegal)
Reigning CAF coach of the year, Aliou Cisse will be hoping to retain the award that he deservedly won in 2022 after his brilliance with the Senegalese national team, which he led to being crowned TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations champions.
Post his success on the continent, Cisse guided the Lions of Teranga to a Round of 16 finish at the recent FIFA World Cup before exiting the tournament at the hands of England.
Senegal’s continued performance, through the guidance of Cisse has led to the coach being shortlisted in the list of top 3 African coaches where he is hoping to make history by winning it twice in succession.
Abdelhak Benchika (Algeria – Simba of Tanzania)
The past season was exceptional for the Algerian coach, Abdelhak Ben Sheikha, who led USM Alger, to glory in winning their first ever TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup title. This was then topped with another historic lifting of the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup where they overcame Egyptian giants, Al Ahly
The coach has since left the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup champions and is now in the books of Tanzanian giants, Simba AC where he is competing in the CAF Champions League.