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African Footballer of the Year

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[1] and 1994[2] 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 Pelé in 1992.[3] 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.[4]

On 2 February 2008, Sevilla's Frédéric Kanouté was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year. Kanouté, who was born in France, is the first European-born player to win the award (he plays for his father's native country of Mali).[5][6]

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WinnersEdit

France Football award (1970–1994)Edit

 
Roger Milla, two-time winner of the award given by France Football.
 
Lakhdar Belloumi, winner of the award in 1981.
 
Mahmoud El Khatib was the first player from Egypt to win the award in 1983.

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 It had already been replaced by an official award given out by the Confederation of African Football since 1992.

Year Rank Player Team Points
1970 1st   Salif Keïta   Saint-Étienne 54
2nd   Laurent Pokou   ASEC Abidjan 28
  Ali Abo Greisha   Ismaily
1971 1st   Ibrahim Sunday   Asante Kotoko 29
2nd   Robert Mensah   Asante Kotoko 15
3rd   François Ndoumbé   Canon Yaoundé 13
1972 1st   Chérif Souleymane   Hafia 21
2nd   Bwanga Tshimen   TP Mazembe 16
3rd   Petit Sory   Hafia 14
1973 1st   Bwanga Tshimen   TP Mazembe 49
2nd   Kazadi Mwamba   TP Mazembe 44
3rd   Laurent Pokou   ASEC Abidjan 41
1974 1st   Paul Moukila   CARA Brazzaville 57
2nd   Lobilo Boba   Vita Club 32
3rd   Hassan Shehata   Zamalek 28
1975 1st   Ahmed Faras   Mohammédia 28
2nd   Roger Milla   Tonnerre Yaoundé 24
  Mamadou Aliou Kéïta   Hafia
1976 1st   Roger Milla   Tonnerre Yaoundé 33
2nd   Papa Camara   Hafia 32
3rd   Ali Bencheikh   MC Alger 27
1977 1st   Tarak Dhiab   Espérance Tunis 45
2nd   Papa Camara   Hafia 33
3rd   Segun Odegbami   Shooting Stars 29
1978 1st   Karim Abdul Razak   Asante Kotoko 58
2nd   Ali Bencheikh   MC Alger 33
3rd   Thomas N'Kono   Canon Yaoundé 29
1979 1st   Thomas N'Kono   Canon Yaoundé 55
2nd   Adolf Armah   Hearts of Oak 23
3rd   Kerfalla Bangoura   Horoya 15
1980 1st   Jean Manga-Onguéné   Canon Yaoundé 64
2nd   Segun Odegbami   Shooting Stars 41
3rd   Théophile Abega   Canon Yaoundé 18
1981 1st   Lakhdar Belloumi   GC Mascara 78
2nd   Thomas N'Kono   Canon Yaoundé 54
3rd   Ali Fergani   JS Kabylie 26
1982 1st   Thomas N'Kono   Espanyol 83
2nd   Salah Assad   Mulhouse 54
3rd   Lakhdar Belloumi   GC Mascara 36
1983 1st   Mahmoud El Khatib   Al Ahly 98
2nd   Opoku Nti   Asante Kotoko 89
3rd   Rafiou Moutairou   OC Agaza 19
1984 1st   Théophile Abega   Toulouse 124
2nd   Joseph-Antoine Bell   El Mokawloon 65
  Ibrahim Youssef   Zamalek
1985 1st   Mohamed Timoumi   AS FAR 113
2nd   Rabah Madjer   Porto 45
3rd   Ibrahim Youssef   Zamalek 39
1986 1st   Ezzaki Badou   Mallorca 125
2nd   Aziz Bouderbala   Sion 88
3rd   Roger Milla   Montpellier 80
1987 1st   Rabah Madjer   Porto 130
2nd   Youssouf Falikou Fofana   Monaco 63
3rd   François Omam-Biyik   Laval 52
1988 1st   Kalusha Bwalya   Cercle Brugge 111
2nd   Roger Milla   Montpellier 68
3rd   Youssouf Falikou Fofana   Monaco 40
1989 1st   George Weah   Monaco 133
2nd   Joseph-Antoine Bell   Bordeaux 105
3rd   Kalusha Bwalya   PSV 49
1990 1st   Roger Milla   Saint-Pierroise 209
2nd   Tahar Chérif El-Ouazzani   Aydınspor 64
3rd   Rabah Madjer   Porto 60
  François Omam-Biyik   Rennes
1991 1st   Abedi Pele   Marseille 152
2nd   George Weah   Monaco 106
3rd   François Omam-Biyik   Cannes 52
1992 1st   Abedi Pele   Marseille 198
2nd   George Weah   Paris Saint-Germain 161
3rd   Tony Yeboah   Eintracht Frankfurt 64
1993 1st   Abedi Pele   Marseille 119
2nd   Tony Yeboah   Eintracht Frankfurt 117
3rd   Rashidi Yekini   Vitória de Setúbal 104
1994 1st   George Weah   Paris Saint-Germain 148
2nd   Emmanuel Amunike   Sporting CP 133
3rd   Daniel Amokachi   Everton 99

CAF award (1992–present)Edit

 
Samuel Eto'o won the award four times.
 
Yaya Touré won the award four consecutive times from 2011 to 2014.
 
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the first player from Gabon to win the award in 2015.
 
Mohamed Salah is the latest player to win the award in 2017.
Year Rank Player Team Points
1992 1st   Abedi Pele   Marseille
1993 1st   Rashidi Yekini   Vitória de Setúbal
1994 1st   Emmanuel Amunike   Sporting CP 48
2nd   George Weah   Paris Saint-Germain 44
  Rashidi Yekini   Olympiacos
1995 1st   George Weah   Milan
2nd   Emmanuel Amunike   Sporting CP
3rd   Daniel Amokachi   Everton
1996 1st   Nwankwo Kanu   Internazionale
2nd   George Weah   Milan
3rd   Daniel Amokachi   Beşiktaş
1997 1st   Victor Ikpeba   Monaco 56
2nd   Japhet N'Doram   Monaco 40
3rd   Taribo West   Internazionale 35
1998 1st   Mustapha Hadji   Deportivo La Coruña 76
2nd   Jay-Jay Okocha   Paris Saint-Germain 74
3rd   Sunday Oliseh   Ajax 58
1999 1st   Nwankwo Kanu   Arsenal 46
2nd   Samuel Kuffour   Bayern Munich 44
3rd   Ibrahima Bakayoko   Marseille 42
2000 1st   Patrick M'Boma   Parma 123
2nd   Lauren   Mallorca 36
3rd   Samuel Eto'o   Mallorca 29
2001 1st   El Hadji Diouf   Lens 93
2nd   Samuel Kuffour   Bayern Munich 66
3rd   Samuel Eto'o   Mallorca 34
2002 1st   El Hadji Diouf   Liverpool 93
2nd   Papa Bouba Diop   Lens 46
3rd   Mido   Ajax 42
2003 1st   Samuel Eto'o   Mallorca
2nd   Didier Drogba   Marseille
3rd   Jay-Jay Okocha   Bolton Wanderers
2004 1st   Samuel Eto'o   Barcelona 116
2nd   Didier Drogba   Chelsea 90
3rd   Jay-Jay Okocha   Bolton Wanderers 68
2005 1st   Samuel Eto'o   Barcelona 108
2nd   Didier Drogba   Chelsea 106
3rd   Michael Essien   Chelsea 50
2006 1st   Didier Drogba   Chelsea 79
2nd   Samuel Eto'o   Barcelona 76
3rd   Michael Essien   Chelsea 36
2007 1st   Frédéric Kanouté   Sevilla
2nd   Michael Essien   Chelsea
3rd   Didier Drogba   Chelsea
2008 1st   Emmanuel Adebayor   Arsenal 74
2nd   Mohamed Aboutrika   Al-Ahly 53
3rd   Michael Essien   Chelsea 36
2009 1st   Didier Drogba   Chelsea 92
2nd   Samuel Eto'o   Internazionale 69
3rd   Michael Essien   Chelsea 43
2010 1st   Samuel Eto'o   Internazionale
2nd   Asamoah Gyan   Sunderland
3rd   Didier Drogba   Chelsea
2011 1st   Yaya Touré   Manchester City
2nd   Seydou Keita   Barcelona
3rd   André Ayew   Marseille
2012 1st   Yaya Touré   Manchester City
2nd   Didier Drogba   Shanghai Shenhua
3rd   Alex Song   Barcelona
2013 1st   Yaya Touré   Manchester City 373
2nd   John Obi Mikel   Chelsea 265
3rd   Didier Drogba   Galatasaray 236
2014 1st   Yaya Touré   Manchester City 175
2nd   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang   Borussia Dortmund 120
3rd   Vincent Enyeama   Lille 105
2015 1st   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang   Borussia Dortmund 143
2nd   Yaya Touré   Manchester City 136
3rd   André Ayew   Swansea City 112
2016 1st   Riyad Mahrez   Leicester City 361
2nd   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang   Borussia Dortmund 313
3rd   Sadio Mané   Liverpool 186
2017 1st   Mohamed Salah   Liverpool 625
2nd   Sadio Mané   Liverpool 507
3rd   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang   Borussia Dortmund 311

Wins By CountryEdit

Nation Winners Runners-up Third places
  Cameroon 11 8 11
  Ivory Coast 8 6 7
  Ghana 6 7 7
  Nigeria 5 6 7
  Morocco 4 1 0
  Algeria 3 4 5
  Liberia 3 4
  Egypt 2 2 4
  Mali 2 2
  Senegal 2 1 1
  Guinea 1 3 2
  DR Congo 1 3
  Gabon 1 2 1
  Zambia 1 1
  Togo 1 1
  Tunisia 1
  Congo 1
  Chad 1

Wins By ClubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Third places
  Olympique Marseille 4 1 2
  Manchester City 4 1
  Chelsea 2 4 6
  AS Monaco 2 3 1
  Barcelona 2 2 1
  Asante Kotoko 2 2
  Canon Yaoundé 2 1 3
  RCD Mallorca 2 1 2
  Inter Milan 2 1 1
  Liverpool 2 1 1
  Arsenal 2
  Paris SG 1 3
  Hafia Conacry 1 2 2
  TP Mazembe 1 2
  Borussia Dortmund 1 2
  Sporting CP 1 2
  Al Ahly 1 1 1
  FC Porto 1 1 1
  Tonnerre Yaoundé 1 1
  RC Lens 1 1
  Milan 1 1
  Sporting CP 1 1
  GC Mascara 1 1
  Vitória de Setúbal 1 1
  Cercle Brugge 1
  CARA Brazzaville 1
  Leicester City 1
  AS Saint-Étienne 1
  Toulouse FC 1
  Parma 1
  FAR Rabat 1
  SCC Mohammédia 1
  JS Saint-Pierroise 1
  Deportivo de La Coruña 1
  Espanyol 1
  Sevilla 1
  Espérance ST 1
  Bayern Munich 2
  MC Alger 1 1
  ASEC Mimosas 1 1
  Montpellier 1 1
  Eintracht Frankfurt 1 1
  Shooting Stars 1 1
  Shanghai Shenhua 1
  Vita Club 1
  El Mokawloon 1
  Sunderland 1
  Girondins Bordeaux 1
  FC Mulhouse 1
  Hearts of Oak 1
  FC Sion 1
  Aydınspor 1
  JS Kabylie 2
  Bolton Wanderers 2
  Everton FC 2
  Ajax Amsterdam 2
  Ismaily SC 1
  Zamalek SC 1 2
  AS Cannes 1
  Stade Lavallois 1
  Lille OSC 1
  Stade Rennais 1
  Olympiacos 1
  Horoya AC 1
  PSV Eindhoven 1
  OC Agaza 1
  Beşiktaş 1
  Galatasaray 1
  Swansea City 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "African Player of the Year 1993". Rsssf.com. 2001-01-05. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  2. ^ "African Player of the Year 1994". Rsssf.com. 2001-01-05. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  3. ^ "African Player of the Year". rsssf.com. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  4. ^ "African Player of the Year". rsssf.com. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  5. ^ Kanoute named Africa's best
  6. ^ Furious Drogba Slams CAF Over Kanoute Award And Pulls Out