Nigerian Coach gets FIFA nomination for award

Peter Dedevbo

The coach of Nigeria U-20 female team, Peter Dedevho, has been listed amongst 10 coaches across the world vying for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football for 2014.

The world football governing body made public the list of nominations on Friday as the Nigerian Coach is put alongside the likes of Philippe Bergeroo (France/France national team) and Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team) amongst others.

Dedevho, who was only recently decorated with a national award by President Goodluck Jonathan led Nigeria to the finals of the last Women U-20 Women World Cup where the Falconets narrowly lost to their German counterpasrts by a lone goal.

While Nigeria gets a mention as the only Africa country in the shorlist of coaches, no player was selected in the Players’ Award section.

The following 10 coaches are contenders for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football 2014:

Philippe Bergeroo (France/France national team), Peter Dedevbo (Nigeria/Nigeria U-20 national team), Laura Harvey (England/Seattle Reign FC), Ralf Kellermann (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg), Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team), Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Sweden national team), Asako Takemoto Takakura (Japan/Japan U-17 national team), Jorge Vilda (Spain/Spain U-17 national team and U-19 national team), Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany/Switzerland national team).

The following 10 women are contenders for the title of FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2014:

Nadine Angerer (Germany), Veronica Boquete (Spain), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Louisa Necib (France), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Abby Wambach (USA).

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