Nigeriaâ€™s Stephen Keshi, Senegalâ€™s Jules Bocande and Angolaâ€™s Oswaldo Saturnini de Oliveira â€˜Jesusâ€™ are the three distinguished former African stars in the race for the 2009 Glo_CAF African Legend award. Ejiro Omonode, a Director in a Lagos_based Sports Marketing firm believes all the three candidates are qualified to grab the honour but expressed optimism that Keshi will emerge the Legend this time.
The African Legend award is a category set aside by the organisers, Confederation of African Football and sponsors, Globacom to honour retired African footballers for their contributions to the game during their playing period.
Bocande was the captain of the Senegalese national team which he quit in 1993 and spent his professional career in France playing for numerous French League 1 sides including Metz , PSG, OGC Nice and RC Lens. He later managed the Senegalese national team.
Oswaldo Saturnini de Oliveira popular known as Jesus by football fans in Angola is one of the most loved players and is currently one of the vice_presidents of the Angola Football Federation.
Keshi led the Super Eagles under Clemens Westerhof to win the Africa Nations Cup in 1994 and to Nigeria â€™s first World Cup appearance in the same year.
He was head coach of the Togo national team when they qualified for the 2006 World Cup and was with the Mali national team at the last Africa Cup of Nations in Angola .
Former recipients of the Glo_CAF African Legend Award include Raber Majer of Algeria , Laurent Pokou of Ivory Coast , Thomas Nkono of Cameroon and Christian Chukwu of Nigeria . The awards presentation will hold on March 11 at the State House Banquet Hall in Accra .