- This year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony will be coupled with the Guinness Awards to celebrate football in a gender-inclusive way
- This year’s special awards will be Goal of the Year, Fair Play and Club of the Year
- The Best Referee and Best Assistant Referee categories are innovations this year. They will be designated by the Refereeing Committee
The 2023 Cameroon Balon d’Or ceremony for the 2022-2023 season has been rescheduled. Announced for October 7, it will finally be held on 16 December. On Monday, 4 December, the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) held a press conference on the celebration of football players in Cameroon.
The jury for the 2023 edition of the Golden Ball, made up of 6 people, was announced as follows:
– The President of the Jury is Adalbert Mangamba, winner of the 1977 Golden Ball, Caïman de Douala, former international and erstwhile President of the Fecafoot Dispute Resolution Chamber, Engelbert Mbarga, the National Technical Director other members include Anne Yolande Ngo Minyogog, Secretary General of the Cameroon Bar Association, specialist in Sports Law, Mr Ismaila Alembert Mimche, Customer Activation Coordinator member of the MTN Elite Football- MTN Cameroon project team, Mr David Nyemb, Guinness Cameroon Sales Manager Mr Francis Nkwain, Founder of the Best of Africa Awards (BoA) Sports Consultant CRTV, Sports Strategic Contributor CNN, BBC.
This year, eight categories, duplicated in two for women and men, will be honoured. These include the men’s and women’s Golden Ball awards, the top scorer in the Guinness Super League and the top scorer in MTN ELITE One and Two, the top goalkeeper in the women’s category and the top goalkeeper in the men’s category, the revelation of the year in the GSL and MTN ELITE One and Two, the women’s and men’s team of the season, the top coach, the top referee in the women’s and men’s categories and the top assistant referees. In addition to these categories, there will be 3 special awards: Goal of the Year, Fair Play and Club of the Year.
The public will also have their say in determining the winners by voting online via the support deployed by partner MTN. This vote will count for 20%. The public will therefore vote to designate 4 finalists for each individual category.
The nominees are chosen exclusively by the captains and coaches of teams playing in the Guinness Super League, MTN ELITE One and Two. The nominees will be looked after for 48 hours by FECAFOOT at the Mbankomo technical centre.
What’s new this year is that the men’s and women’s Golden Ball winners will each receive a car, as well as star packages. This will be an opportunity for the federation’s partners to associate the images of these two winners with their products.
After the press conference, activities linked to the Balon d’Or ceremony will follow the timetable established by the federation so that on the evening of 16 December 2023, the apotheosis will be complete. The Media Tour therefore plans to publish a shortlist of nominees on 6 December, the start of online voting on 9 December and the publication of the list of finalists on 10 December 2023. On 15 December 2023, the nominees will be welcomed and installed at CAF’s Technical Centre, where they will get ready for the big day: Saturday 16 December.
Interrupted thirty years ago, the Cameroonian Golden Ball ceremony is one of the innovations brought to Cameroonian football by Samuel Eto’o Fils following his election as head of the national football governing body. After the 2022 edition, which was almost twinned with the Champions Trophy, football fans will experience a unified ceremony in 2023, which will contribute to restoring the greatness of Cameroonian football.
The 2022 Golden Ball winners were Monique Ngock (women’s), a former member of Éclair de Sa’a who now plays for Stade de Reims, and Marou Souaibou (men’s), a former player with Coton Sport de Garoua who now plays for Orlando Pirates in South Africa.
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