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Good evening and welcome to the coverage of the Aiteo CAF Awards 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana.
The Program is yet to start but the hall is almost full.
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Enjoy some photos as we still wait for the event to start
The president of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo just arrived for the Aiteo CAF Awards 2017.
The Ghana national anthem has just been sung and the event has started.
The President of CAF Dr. Ahmad delivering his speech ahead of the start of the gala.
Highlights of his speech:
"I am grateful to the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for gracing this occasion and to the wife of Liberia President-elect George Oppong Weah for representing her husband.
"Can I kindly have the presence of the President of the Ghana Football Association and Vice President of CAF Kwesi Nyantakyi here on the podium with me?
Dr. Ahmad mentions some of the great African footballers present lauding them for how far they've brought African football.
Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo now has the microphone.
* He lauds the leadership of CAF for putting up a great organisation despite a short time under Ahmad as the President of CAF
* He hails past and current African footballers and reiterates Ghana's readiness to hostrich subsequent CAF events
*He reiterates his government's commitment to construct 10 sporting centers in the country to aid the revival of colts football.
... musical concert time.
Ghanaian legend Ibrahim Sunday wins CAF Legends Award 2017
Next award category: Women National Team of the Year
Ghana U20 Female National Team
South Africa Women National Team
... and South Africa is the 2017 Women National Team of the Year
Club of the Year: WAC of Morocco
Coach of the Year: Hector Cuper
Youth Player of the Year: Patson Daka
National Team of the Year: Egypt
Women Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala
Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo given given an award of RECOGNITION by CAF President Dr. Ahmad
2017 Africa Footballer of the Year: Mohammed Salah
By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter