On 2 February 2008, Sevilla FC's Frédéric Kanouté was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year. Kanouté is the first European-born player to win the award (Kanouté plays for his father's native country of Mali).
On 5 December 2013, Confederation of African Football's (CAF) announced its reduced shortlist of ten nominees for the 2013 Player of the Year award. The head coaches of the national football associations affiliated to Caf will now vote to decide the eventual winners of the two categories. The winners will be announced at the Glo-Caf Awards Gala scheduled for 9 January in Lagos, Nigeria. The ten nominees are as follows: