Uganda Cranes striker Yunus Ssentamu simply can’t believe 2014 has been such a successful year for a young footballer like him. Ssentamu, who plays for DRC side AS Vita, was nominated for Caf’s African Player Of The Year award after helping his club reach the Caf Champions League final and for his three goals in the Chan tournament in South Africa in January and February.
“I can’t believe God is doing all this for me. A year ago i couldn’t even imagine i would be on the national team but now see am being shortlisted among the best twenty footballers on the continent,” Ssentamu tells Red Pepper Online edition on Sunday morning.
The striker has been named on today’s starting lineup when the Cranes face Walya Antelopes in a game being used by the government to help preach about HIV/Aids prevention, and by Micho to prepare for next Saturday’s must-win Nations Cup qualifier against Ghana
He is expected to partner fellow Geoffrey Massa who got the nod for his goals at University of Pretoria in South Africa and for his consistent performances in the Afcon qualifiers where he has already scored four goals in as many games, including two from the preliminaries.
Caf also released another list of African players based outside the continent. Winners of the two categories will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to Caf.
The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ivorian Yaya Toure was crowned African Player of the Year for the past three years while Egypt legend Mohamed Aboutrika was named African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) last year.