The African Footballer of the Year award, presented to the best African footballer each year, has been conferred by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1992. An earlier African Footballer of the Year Golden Ball award was given out between 1970 and 1994 by France Football magazine. The changes resulted in parallel Golden Ball awards given out to Abedi Pele and George Weah in 1993 and 1994 by the magazine although the CAF sponsored awards for those years were won respectively by Rashidi Yekini and Emmanuel Amuneke, as well as two awards given to Abedi Pele in 1992. France Football discontinued the election from 1995 after the European Ballon d'Or – also awarded by the magazine – had been opened to all players in the European leagues.
In 1991 the magazine Afrique Football installed an award. It was discontinued in 2003.
Samuel Eto'o and Yaya Touré have won the award the most times (4 wins each), Two-time winner Didier Drogba is the player with the most runner-up appearances (4), most third place finishes (3), and most times in the top three (9). The France born Frédéric Kanouté, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the only European-born players to win the award (both Kanouté and Aubameyang initially featured for France's U21 squad before going on to represent Mali and Gabon, respectively).
France Football award (1970–1994) Edit
The award by France Football magazine was awarded to the best African footballer between 1970 and 1994. The award was discontinued in 1995 after the European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or) was opened to players of non-European nationality, the award being given to George Weah that year. It had already been replaced by an official award given out by the Confederation of African Football since 1992.
Afrique Football award (Etoile d'Or) (1991–2003) Edit
|2nd||George Weah||Paris Saint-Germain||167|
|3rd||Alain Gouaméné||Raja CA||60|
|1993||1st||Rashidi Yekini||Vitória de Setúbal||152|
|3rd||Tony Yeboah||Eintracht Frankfurt||98|
|1994||1st||Emmanuel Amunike||Sporting CP||178|
|2nd||George Weah||Paris Saint-Germain||114|
|1998||1st||Mustapha Hadji||Deportivo La Coruña||–|
|2nd||Jay-Jay Okocha||Paris Saint-Germain||–|
|2001||1st||El Hadji Diouf||Lens||–|
|2002||1st||El Hadji Diouf||Liverpool||186|
|2nd||Papa Bouba Diop||Lens||64|
|3rd||Jay-Jay Okocha||Bolton Wanderers||51|
CAF award (1992–present) Edit
Multiple winners Edit
* Players in bold are currently active
|El Hadji Diouf||2||0||0|
Awards won by nationality Edit
Awards won by club Edit
See also Edit
- "African Player of the Year 1993". Rsssf.com. 5 January 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "African Player of the Year 1994". Rsssf.com. 5 January 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "African Player of the Year". rsssf.com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "African Player of the Year". rsssf.com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Kanoute named Africa's best
- Furious Drogba Slams CAF Over Kanoute Award And Pulls Out
- "African Player of the Year 1991". www.rsssf.org. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
- "African Player of the Year 1992". www.rsssf.org. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
- "African Player of the Year 1993". www.rsssf.org. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
- "African Player of the Year 1994". www.rsssf.org. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
- "African Player of the Year 1998". www.rsssf.org. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
- "African Player of the Year 2002". www.rsssf.org. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
- "African Player of the Year 2003". www.rsssf.org. Retrieved 20 February 2023.