African Footballer of the Year

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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]

Winners

France Football award (1970–1994)

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 It had already been replaced by an official award given out by the Confederation of African Football since 1992.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

CAF award (1992–present)

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

Wins By Country

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 Club

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

See also

References

  1. ^ "African Player of the Year 1993". Rsssf.com. 5 January 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "African Player of the Year 1994". Rsssf.com. 5 January 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "African Player of the Year". rsssf.com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "African Player of the Year". rsssf.com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Kanoute named Africa's best
  6. ^ Furious Drogba Slams CAF Over Kanoute Award And Pulls Out
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