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No Malawian on Caf awards list

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Malawi’s footballers continue to miss out on the list of nominees for Confederation of African Football (Caf) Player of the Year awards.

No Malawian player appears on the list of 30 players nominated for the Caf 2016 Player of the Year award while neighbouring countries have several players to be considered for the coveted prize.

Zimbabwe has Khama Billiat with South Africa being represented by Itumeleng Khune and Keegan Dolly.

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Tanzania has not been left out as Samata Mbwana, who plays in Belgium, is also on the list.

Billiat, Khune and Dolly make another appearance on the 25-man Caf Player of the Year Based in Africa award where Zambia has Rainford Kalaba and Jackson Mwanza.

The list also includes the likes of Leicester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez, Samuel Eto’o, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Victor Wanyama, Sadio Mane and numerous other international superstars.

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Nyasa Big Bullets captain and Flames striker Chiukepo Msowoya said it was sad that Malawian players continue to miss out on the nominations and attributed the failure to the country’s poor performance in international competitions.

He then appealed to stakeholders in the soccer fraternity to come up with measures that would enable both national teams and clubs to compete and perform at continental tournaments.

“The nominees are coming from clubs and national teams that are doing well. They qualify for various continental events like the Africa Cup of Nations, Caf Champions League and the Confederations Cup. We can only join them if we perform at such continental competitions,” said Chiukepo.

The Flames have been to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations twice and Chiukepo played a major part in taking the team to their last finals in Angola six years ago.

He also competed in both the Champions League and the Confederations Cup with the clubs he played for in Rwanda, Mozambique and South Africa.

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