Morocco based Liberian striker William Jebor has been nominated twice for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards.
Striker Jebor, who is currently playing for Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco, has a chance to add another achievement to his name after being named among the nominees for the African Player of the Year as well as in the category of those based on the continent.
For the continent based players’ category, Jebor, 25, will compete against goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune of Kaiser Chiefs, Khama Billiat, Keegen Dolly and keeper Denis Onyango, all of Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premier League (PSL).
He will have to battle European based stars that include among others Leister City forward Riyah Mahrez (Algeria), the legendary Samuel Eto, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who currently holds the award.
On 13 October 2015, Jebor scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win in Guinea-Bissau. He scored another hat-trick in a CAF 2017 qualification match in Monrovia, between Djibouti and Liberia, becoming the only Liberian senior national football team player to score a hat-trick more than once in an international tournament.
Jebor was also on the score sheet for his club in the semi-finals of the CAF 2016 Champions League, but did not reach the finals after they lost to Zamalek on a 6-5 aggregate. He has so far made three appearances for Wydad Athletic Club and scored three goals.
If Jebor emerges as winner in any of the categories, he will be the second Liberian to achieve the award.
Other nominees include Eric Baily (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City), El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagred), Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire) and Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire) among others.
The Glo-CAF Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria.
Elsewhere, South African based Anthony Laffor was on target as his team, Mamelodi Sondowns, got a 3-0 win over Zarmalek in the first leg of the CAF Champions League finals.
According to the BBC, Anthony Laffor and Tebogo Langerman made it 2-0 at half-time, with the third coming just after the break.
Sundowns are now strong favorites for the second leg in Alexandria where they will seek to win their first continental trophy and become only the second South African side to win Africa’s top club prize, the BBC says.
“It’s not over yet, we need to keep our feet on the ground for our next game in Egypt but we are ahead of them in the competition. So we’ll see what happens in Egypt but to be frank with you it’s not going to be easy there and nobody tells us it’s going to be easy because we started this journey on a rocky road,” Laffor told a local sports media in South Africa.
The second leg in Alexandria takes place on Sunday, October 23.