Mulenga, Modise head for awards ceremony

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Mulenga, who plays his club football with University of Pretoria in the South African First Division Inland Stream, has been nominated for the Young Player of the Year Award.

South African women footballer Portia Modise has been nominated for the Women Footballer of the Year, along with Nigerians Cynthia Uwak and Perpetua Nkwocha.

Other nominees for the prestigious award for African players in the Under-23 category are Ibara Franchel of the Congo’s Under-20 team and Nigerian Under-17 player Oseni Gani.

Mulenga’s nomination comes at the back of a fantastic showing at the Under-20 World Cup held in Canada last year where he guided Zambia into the knockout stages.

Top of the bill at the awards ceremony tonight is the Player of the Year award which will be contested for by Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Frederic Kanoute, though the Ivory Coast striker appears favourite to walk away with the prize won by the Ghanaian last year. There will also be awards for the Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year and Women Footballer of the Year where Portia Modise has again been nominated.

“People said I had a good tournament, but I think I could have done better as I know I am capable of an even improved showing<” Mulenga told snl24.com/kickoff after arriving back from Canada last July.

Mulenga who already has 15 senior team caps to his name has already been compared to legendary Zambian Kalusha Bwalya.