Former Super Eagles’ striker, Emmanuel Anuneke on Wednesday landed yet another Federation of International Football Association job being the second time in a space of five weeks.
It is recalled that about five weeks ago, the Under-17 FIFA World Cup winning coach, Anuneke was appointed into FIFA Technical Committee that will analyse the technical issues of the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup at the end of the tournament.
However, FIFA on Wednesday added another responsibility to the former African Player of the Year by naming him among a 12-man panel that will shortlist candidates for the Men’s coaches and footballers awards for the 2017/18 season.
The Men’s panel also include Brazilian Ronaldo De Lima, Fabio Capello and Frank Lampard and of course, Kaka among others.
The judges will shortlist 10 candidates for each category, which will be unveiled on the 23rd of this month with the public vote opening 10 days. Football fans and national football captains, head coaches and more than 200 media representatives will cast their votes to decide who will be crowned the best coaches and players in men and Women games from last season.
The FIFA Buscat or the Best Player award handed to the player who scored the best goal of the year and it will also be determined by fans’ votes. The voting process for both Men’s and Women’s awards opens on 23rd and closes 10th of next month.
The world football governing body will announce the final list of the three nominees for each of the four categories listed.
In another development, the President of FIFA Gianni Infantino has expressed his dismay that Africa failed to secure a place in the knockout stage of the World Cup. All five teams Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia were eliminated from this year’s competition in the group stages.
Nigeria and Senegal were hoped would make it to the second round but the Super Eagles missed out via a late goal by Argentina while the Terenga Lions of Senegal crashed out of the competition after also losing narrowly to Colombia.
Africa is the only continent represented at the finals that failed to make it to the round of 16.