Senegal capital city Dakar to host 2018 CAF awards gala night

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Nigeria and Ghana had been hosting the prestigious banquet between them in recent years

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has broken tradition, awarding Senegalese capital, Dakar the hosting rights of the 2018 African Footballer of the Year gala night.

January 8, 2019 has been set as the date when also the most Promising Talent, Coach and best Women player of the Year from Africa would be recognised among other awards.

Senegal Football Federation president Augustin Senghor confirmed that he has been tasked by Caf to lead a subcommittee that will organise the awards.

“The Head of State (Macky Sall), who received in audience the President of the African Football Confederation, Ahmad, on Thursday, has agreed that our capital is home to this major event of the continental football,” Senghor told the Senegalese Press Agency.

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“They had already talked about it in Moscow at the World Cup, and this audience has confirmed everything.

“It is a great honor for our country and for Senegalese football to organise this event, and it has been decided that the event will be held in other African cities after it has been held in Dakar.”

Egypt star Mohamed Salah is the reigning African Footballer of the Year and is in the race to retain it.