African football governing body CAF announced short-lists for its awards on Monday, which included nominations for both Egypt’s national team and manager Héctor Cúper.
The Argentine tactician is a finalist for the CAF Coach of the Year award after leading Egypt to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final in February, and to the FIFA World Cup finals in October.
Other nominees for the award include Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos, Wydad Athletic Club’s L’Hussein Amoutta, and TP Mazembe coach Mihayo Kazembe.
The Pharaohs were also short-listed for an award, joining Cameroon, Nigeria, Zambia U-20, and Mali U-17 as finalists for the CAF National Team of the Year prize.
Another Egyptian competing for an award is Gehad Grisha, one of six finalists for the CAF Referee of the Year title.
Grisha has already been selected as a referee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer.
The announcements come on the heels of CAF’s African Player of the Year nominations earlier this month, which include Liverpool and Egypt winger Mohamed Salah, the leading scorer of Africa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and current top-scorer in England’s Premier League.