- Ibenge led DR Congo to the CHAN trophy in Kigali, Rwanda this year
- Micho guided the Uganda Cranes to AFCON 2017 finals in Gabon and the team still doing well in the Road to Russia 2018
- Pitso won the CAF Champions League with South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns
- Omagbemi guided the Super Falcons to the Africa Women’s Nations Cup
Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has described his nomination for CAF Coach of the Year as a great honour but has tipped Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane and DR Congo’s Florent Ibenge as favourites.
The duo alongside Micho and Nigeria National Women’s Football Team Florence Omagbemi are on the shortlist for the awards due to be given out in Abuja, Nigeria on January 5, 2017.
“Biggest honour in 16yrs wholeheartedly serving African football. My appreciation all great players, coaches, officials, media I ever worked with,” said Micho in a tweet.
When contacted by Kawowo Sports on what being on the shortlist means, the Serbian stated.
It’s a small satisfaction for madness of sleepless nights and hardworking garnished with tears, sweat and blood.
Tasked on who he would vote on the list besides himself, his allegiance was torn between what he described as two good friends and brothers.
My heart is divided between my big brothers and friends for years. Florent Ibenge and Pitso Mosimane as one of them will win it.
Mosimane guided Sundowns to the CAF Champions League, their first in history while Ibenge was the man in the dugout as the Leopards of DR Congo won the Africa Nations Championship trophy in Kigali, Rwanda early this year.
Omagbemi led the Super Falcons to the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations while Micho is the man behind Cranes’ return to the big stage of Africa Football for the first time in 1978 as he led them to qualification for Gabon 2017.