By Angu Lesley
Cameroon football has been honored by the the World governing body, FIFA.
This after the skipper of the Women’s National selection Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene, employee of Russian Women’s Premier League giants CSKA Moscow was shortlisted amongst 23 players for the 2021 FIFA THE BEST Awards in women’s Football.
FIFA released the list of players for the January 2022 award ceremony on Tuesday December 14 and Aboudi is the only African and first Cameroonian to appear on the list dominated by Europeans and Europe-based players.
The forward enjoyed a great season from a personal perspective; scoring 11 goals and provided two assists to help her club finish runners-up.
FIFA has taken that and her performances for Cameroon into consideration and nominated the 32-year old Cameroonian who becomes the second only the second African to be nominated, after Malawi’s Tabitha Chawinga who was nominated in 2020.
In her first appearance on the list, Aboudi is one of nine forwards in contention for the prize and the best XI.
FIFPRO and FIFA obtained the list of 23 players for the 2021 FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 through votes by professional footballers World Wide and the same exercise will be used to come up with the best XI, strictly based on the players performances during the 2020-2021 season.
The FIFA THE BEST is the only global player award organized by the players and for the players.
The nominees for this year’s event were trimmed from 55 to 23 including goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards.
The 23 players in the World 11 squad are:
In alphabetical order:
Laura Benkarth (Germany/FC Bayern München)
Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany/Chelsea FC Women)
Christiane Endler (Chile/Paris Saint-Germain/Olympique Lyonnais)
Millie Bright (England/Chelsea FC Women)
Lucy Bronze (England/Manchester City WFC)
Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada/Olympique Lyonnais)
Ellie Carpenter (Australia/Olympique Lyonnais)
Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden/Chelsea FC Women)
Irene Paredes (Spain/FC Barcelona)
Wendie Renard (France/Olympique Lyonnais)
Estefania Banini (Argentina/Levante UD/Atlético de Madrid Femenino)
Barbara Bonansea (Italy/Juventus FC Women)
Aitana Bonmati (Spain/FC Barcelona)
Delphine Cascarino (France/Olympique Lyonnais)
Carli Lloyd (USA/NJ/NY Gotham FC)
Alexia Putellas (Spain/FC Barcelona)
Pernille Harder (Denmark/Chelsea FC Women)
Samantha Kerr (Australia/Chelsea FC Women)
Marta (Brazil/Orlando Pride)
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal WFC)
Alex Morgan (USA/Tottenham Hotspur FC Women/Orlando Pride/San Diego Wave)
Gabrielle Onguene (Cameroon/CSKA Moscow)
Megan Rapinoe (USA/OL Reign)
The best player and best XI of the sixth edition of the awards will be revealed during the FIFA THE BEST ceremony on January 17 in Switzerland.
The team of the year will include a goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and an attacking trio.
Aboudi could end up being the only African in the team of the year if she gets maximum endorsement from her peers the World over.
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