19-year-old Manchester United talent nominated for award after winning international trophy

Manchester United starlet Hannibal has received a nomination for the CAF Young Player of the Year award for 2022.

Last month, the 19-year-old midfielder celebrated winning the first trophy of his fledgling career with Tunisia.

He has helped his side win the Kirin Cup, following the end of the season asTunisia lifted the trophy after beating hosts Japan 3-0.

After that collective victory, Hannibal has been nominated for an individual award and is one of ten contenders for the crown.

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Hannibal nominated for CAF Young Player of the Year

It could be a big year ahead for Hannibal, and his new United manager Erik ten Hag of course has a reputation for developing young talent.

He will hope for more opportunities at United, to help earn his spot in the Tunisia squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Tunisia have been drawn in Group D, alongside holders France, Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark and Australia this winter.

‘A stakeholder panel made up of Technical Experts, CAF Legends and journalists decided on the list taking into the consideration the performance of the nominee from September 2021 until June 2022 at all levels’, according to CAF’s official website, and Hannibal will find out if he has won on 21 July at the ceremony in Rabat, Morocco.

Hannibal nominated for CAF Young Player of the Year

Also among the nominees is Iliax Moriba, who was linked with a move to United in 2021, when he was still at Barcelona.

Fellow nominee Pape Matar Sarr is a Tottenham player who is yet to play for the club, having spent last season on loan at Metz.

Scooping the crown would be a boost for Hannibal, giving him some impetus for a huge few months ahead, where he will hope to go from strength to strength.

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