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 Pelé 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 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).[5][6]

Nominees - CAF Award 2013[edit]

On 5 December 2013, the 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 were announced at the Glo-Caf Awards Gala on 9 January in Lagos, Nigeria. The final result is as follows:[7]

Rank Player Nationality Club Points
1st Yaya Touré Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Manchester City 373
2nd John Obi Mikel Nigeria Nigeria England Chelsea 265
3rd Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire Turkey Galatasaray 236

Winners – CAF award (1992–present)[edit]

Year Place Player Nationality Club Points
2013 1st Yaya Touré[8] Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Manchester City 373
2nd John Obi Mikel Nigeria Nigeria England Chelsea 265
3rd Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire China Shanghai Shenhua/|Turkey Galatasaray 236
2012 1st Yaya Touré[9] Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Manchester City
2nd Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea / China Shanghai Shenhua
3rd Alex Song Cameroon Cameroon England Arsenal / Spain FC Barcelona
2011 1st Yaya Touré Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Manchester City
2nd Seydou Keita Mali Mali Spain FC Barcelona
3rd André Ayew Ghana Ghana France Olympique Marseille
2010 1st Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Cameroon Italy Inter Milan
2nd Asamoah Gyan Ghana Ghana England Sunderland / France Stade Rennes
3rd Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea
2009 1st Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea 92
2nd Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Cameroon Spain FC Barcelona / Italy Inter Milan 69
3rd Michael Essien Ghana Ghana England Chelsea 43
2008 1st Emmanuel Adebayor Togo Togo England Arsenal 74
2nd Mohamed Aboutrika Egypt Egypt Egypt Al Ahly 53
3rd Michael Essien Ghana Ghana England Chelsea 36
2007 1st Frédéric Kanouté Mali Mali Spain Sevilla FC
2nd Michael Essien Ghana Ghana England Chelsea
3rd Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea
2006 1st Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea 79
2nd Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Cameroon Spain FC Barcelona 76
3rd Michael Essien Ghana Ghana England Chelsea 36
2005 1st Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Cameroon Spain FC Barcelona 108
2nd Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea 106
3rd Michael Essien Ghana Ghana England Chelsea / France Olympique Lyon 50
2004 1st Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Cameroon Spain FC Barcelona / Spain RCD Mallorca 116
2nd Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea / France Olympique Marseille 90
3rd Jay-Jay Okocha Nigeria Nigeria England Bolton Wanderers 68
2003 1st Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Cameroon Spain RCD Mallorca ?
2nd Jay-Jay Okocha Nigeria Nigeria England Bolton Wanderers ?
3rd Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire France Olympique Marseille / France Guingamp ?
2002 1st El Hadji Diouf Senegal Senegal England Liverpool / France RC Lens 93
2nd Papa Bouba Diop Senegal Senegal France RC Lens 46
3rd Mido Egypt Egypt Netherlands Ajax 42
2001 1st El Hadji Diouf Senegal Senegal France RC Lens 93
2nd Samuel Kuffour Ghana Ghana Germany Bayern Munich 66
3rd Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Cameroon Spain RCD Mallorca 34
2000 1st Patrick Mboma Cameroon Cameroon Italy Parma / Italy Cagliari Calcio 123
2nd Lauren Etame Mayer Cameroon Cameroon Spain RCD Mallorca 36
3rd Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Cameroon Spain RCD Mallorca 29
1999 1st Nwankwo Kanu Nigeria Nigeria England Arsenal 46
2nd Samuel Kuffour Ghana Ghana Germany Bayern Munich 44
3rd Ibrahima Bakayoko Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire France Olympique Marseille 42
1998 1st Mustapha Hadji Morocco Morocco Spain Deportivo La Coruña 76
2nd Jay-Jay Okocha Nigeria Nigeria France Paris Saint-Germain / Turkey Fenerbahçe 74
3rd Sunday Oliseh Nigeria Nigeria Netherlands Ajax 58
1997 1st Victor Ikpeba Nigeria Nigeria France AS Monaco 56
2nd Japhet N'Doram Chad Chad France AS Monaco / France FC Nantes 40
3rd Taribo West Nigeria Nigeria Italy Inter Milan / France AJ Auxerre 35
1996 1st Nwankwo Kanu Nigeria Nigeria Netherlands Ajax / Italy Inter Milan ?
2nd George Weah Liberia Liberia Italy AC Milan ?
3rd Daniel Amokachi Nigeria Nigeria Turkey Beşiktaş / England Everton ?
1995 1st George Weah Liberia Liberia Italy AC Milan / France Paris Saint-Germain ?
2nd
3rd
1994 1st Emmanuel Amuneke Nigeria Nigeria Portugal Sporting CP / Egypt El Zamalek 48
2nd George Weah Liberia Liberia France Paris Saint-Germain 44
= Rashidi Yekini Nigeria NGR Greece Olympiacos Piraeus / Portugal Vitória Setubal 44
1993 1st Rashidi Yekini Nigeria Nigeria Portugal Vitória Setubal ?
2nd
3rd
1992 1st Abedi Pelé Ghana Ghana France Olympique Marseille ?
2nd
3rd

Winners – France Football award (1970–1994)[edit]

Roger Milla, two time winner of the award given by France Football.

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 Place Player Nationality Club Points
1994 1st George Weah Liberia Liberia France Paris Saint-Germain 148
2nd Emmanuel Amuneke Nigeria Nigeria Portugal Sporting CP / Egypt El Zamalek 133
3rd Daniel Amokachi Nigeria Nigeria England Everton / Belgium Club Brugge 99
1993 1st Abedi Pelé Ghana Ghana France Olympique Marseille 119
2nd Anthony Yeboah Ghana Ghana Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 117
3rd Rashidi Yekini Nigeria Nigeria Portugal Vitória Setubal 104
1992 1st Abedi Pelé Ghana Ghana France Olympique Marseille 198
2nd George Weah Liberia Liberia France Paris Saint-Germain / France AS Monaco 161
3rd Anthony Yeboah Ghana Ghana Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 64
1991 1st Abedi Pelé Ghana Ghana France Olympique Marseille 152
2nd George Weah Liberia Liberia France AS Monaco 106
3rd Francois Oman-Biyik Cameroon Cameroon France AS Cannes 52
1990 1st Roger Milla Cameroon Cameroon Réunion Saint-Pierroise 209
2nd Tahar Cherif El-Ouazani Algeria Algeria Algeria MC Oran / Turkey Aydınspor 64
3rd Rabah Madjer Algeria Algeria Portugal FC Porto 60
= Francois Oman-Biyik Cameroon Cameroon France Stade Laval (?) 60
1989 1st George Weah Liberia Liberia France AS Monaco 133
2nd Joseph-Antoine Bell Cameroon Cameroon France Girondins Bordeaux / France Toulon 105
3rd Kalusha Bwalya Zambia Zambia Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 49
1988 1st Kalusha Bwalya Zambia Zambia Belgium Cercle Brugge 111
2nd Roger Milla Cameroon Cameroon France Montpellier 68
3rd Youssouf Fofana Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire France AS Monaco 40
1987 1st Rabah Madjer Algeria Algeria Portugal FC Porto 130
2nd Youssouf Fofana Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire France AS Monaco 63
3rd Francois Oman-Biyik Cameroon Cameroon France Stade Laval 52
1986 1st Badou Zaki Morocco Morocco Spain RCD Mallorca 125
2nd Aziz Bouderbala Morocco Morocco Switzerland FC Sion 88
3rd Roger Milla Cameroon Cameroon France Montpellier / France AS Saint-Étienne 80
1985 1st Mohammed Timoumi Morocco Morocco Morocco FAR Rabat 113
2nd Rabah Madjer Algeria Algeria Portugal FC Porto 45
3rd Djamel Menad Algeria Algeria Algeria JS Kabylie 39
= Ibrahim Youssef Egypt Egypt Egypt El Zamalek 39
1984 1st Théophile Abega Cameroon Cameroon France Toulouse 124
2nd Joseph-Antoine Bell Cameroon Cameroon Egypt Al-Mokawloon al-Arab 65
= Ibrahim Youssef Egypt Egypt Egypt El Zamalek 65
1983 1st Mahmoud Al-Khatib Egypt Egypt Egypt Al Ahly 98
2nd Opoku Nti Ghana Ghana Ghana Asante Kotoko 89
3rd Rafiou Moutairou Togo Togo Togo OC Agaza Lome 19
1982 1st Thomas N'kono Cameroon Cameroon Spain Espanyol Barcelona 83
2nd Salah Assad Algeria Algeria France Mulhouse 54
3rd Lakhdar Belloumi Algeria Algeria Algeria GC Mascara 36
1981 1st Lakhdar Belloumi Algeria Algeria Algeria GC Mascara 78
2nd Thomas N'kono Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 54
3rd Ali Fergani Algeria Algeria France Montpellier / Algeria JS Kabylie 26
1980 1st Jean Manga-Onguene Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 64
2nd Segun Odegbami Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Shooting Stars 41
3rd Théophile Abega Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 18
1979 1st Thomas Nkono  Cameroon Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 55
2nd Adolf Armah Ghana Ghana Ghana Hearts of Oak 23
3rd Kerfalla Bangoura Guinea Guinea Guinea Horoya Conakry 15
1978 1st Karim Abdul Razak  Ghana Ghana Asante Kotoko 58
2nd Ali Bencheikh Algeria Algeria Algeria MC Alger 33
3rd Thomas N'kono Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 29
1977 1st Tarak Dhiab  Tunisia Tunisia Espérance Tunis 45
2nd Papa Camara Guinea Guinea Guinea Hafia Conakry 33
3rd Segun Odegbami Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Shooting Stars 29
1976 1st Roger Milla  Cameroon Cameroon Tonnerre Yaoundé 33
2nd Papa Camara Guinea Guinea Guinea Hafia Conakry 32
3rd Ali Bencheikh Algeria Algeria Algeria MC Alger 27
1975 1st Ahmed Faras  Morocco Morocco Chabab Mohammédia 28
2nd Roger Milla Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Tonnerre Yaoundé 24
= N'Jolea Guinea Guinea Guinea Hafia Conakry 24
1974 1st Paul Moukila Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo CARA Brazzaville 57
2nd Lobilo Boba Democratic Republic of the Congo* DR Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo* Vita Club 32
3rd Hassan Shehata Egypt Egypt Egypt El Zamalek 28
1973 1st Tshimen Bwanga Democratic Republic of the Congo* DR Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo* TP Mazembe 49
2nd Mwamba Kazadi Democratic Republic of the Congo* DR Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo* TP Mazembe 44
3rd Laurent Pokou Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast ASEC Abidjan 41
1972 1st Cherif Souleymane  Guinea Guinea Hafia Conakry 21
2nd Tshimen Bwanga Democratic Republic of the Congo* DR Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo* TP Mazembe 16
3rd Petit Sory Guinea Guinea Guinea Hafia Conakry 14
1971 1st Ibrahim Sunday  Ghana Ghana Asante Kotoko 29
2nd Robert Mensah Ghana Ghana Ghana Asante Kotoko 15
3rd François Ndoumbé Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 13
1970 1st Salif Keïta  Mali France AS Saint-Étienne 54
2nd Laurent Pokou Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast ASEC Abidjan 28
= Ali Abugreisha Egypt Egypt Egypt Ismaily SC 28

* Known as Zaire Zaire from 1971 until 1997
Known as Republic of the Congo People's Republic of the Congo from 1970 until 1992

Wins by player[edit]

Player First place Second place Third place
1 Cameroon Samuel Eto'o 4 2 2
2 Liberia George Weah 3 4 0
3 Ghana Abedi Pelé 3 0 0
4 Ivory Coast Yaya Touré 3 0 0
5 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba 2 3 3
6 Cameroon Roger Milla 2 2 1
7 Cameroon Thomas N'kono 2 1 1
8 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu 2 0 0
8 Senegal El Hadji Diouf 2 0 0
10 Nigeria Rashidi Yekini 1 1 1
10 Algeria Rabah Madjer 1 1 1
12 Nigeria Emmanuel Amuneke 1 1 0
12 Democratic Republic of the Congo* Tshimen Bwanga 1 1 0
14 Zambia Kalusha Bwalya 1 0 1
14 Algeria Lakhdar Belloumi 1 0 1
14 Cameroon Théophile Abega 1 0 1
17 Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 1 0 0
17 Mali Frédéric Kanouté 1 0 0
17 Cameroon Patrick Mboma 1 0 0
17 Morocco Mustapha Hadji 1 0 0
17 Nigeria Victor Ikpeba 1 0 0
17 Morocco Badou Zaki 1 0 0
17 Morocco Mohammed Timoumi 1 0 0
17 Egypt Mahmoud Al-Khatib 1 0 0
17 Morocco Ahmed Faras 1 0 0
17 Cameroon Jean Manga-Onguene 1 0 0
17 Ghana Karim Abdul Razak 1 0 0
17 Tunisia Tarak Dhiab 1 0 0
17 Republic of the Congo Paul Moukila 1 0 0
17 Guinea Cherif Souleymane 1 0 0
17 Ghana Ibrahim Sunday 1 0 0
17 Mali Salif Keïta 1 0 0

* Known as Zaire Zaire from 1971 until 1997
Known as Republic of the Congo People's Republic of the Congo from 1970 until 1992

Wins by club[edit]

Club First place Second place Third place
1 France Olympique Marseille 4 1 3
2 Spain RCD Mallorca 3 1 2
3 England Manchester City 3 0 0
4 England FC Chelsea 2 5 6
5 France AS Monaco 2 4 1
6 Spain FC Barcelona 2 3 1
7 France Paris Saint-Germain 2 3 0
8 Ghana Asante Kotoko 2 2 0
9 Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 2 1 3
10 Italy Inter Milan 2 1 1
11 France RC Lens 2 1 0
12 England Arsenal London 2 0 1
13 Guinea Hafia Conakry 1 3 1
14 Egypt El Zamalek 1 2 2
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo* TP Mazembe 1 2 0
16 Portugal FC Porto 1 1 1
16 Portugal Vitória Setubal 1 1 1
18 Cameroon Tonnerre Yaoundé 1 1 0
18 Egypt Al Ahly 1 1 0
18 Portugal Sporting CP 1 1 0
18 Italy AC Milan 1 1 0
22 Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam 1 0 2
23 Algeria GC Mascara 1 0 1
24 France AS Saint-Étienne 1 0 0
24 Republic of the Congo CARA Brazzaville 1 0 0
24 Morocco Chabab Mohammédia 1 0 0
24 Tunisia Espérance Tunis 1 0 0
24 Spain Espanyol Barcelona 1 0 0
24 France Toulouse 1 0 0
24 Morocco FAR Rabat 1 0 0
24 Belgium Cercle Brugge 1 0 0
24 Réunion Saint-Pierroise 1 0 0
24 Italy FC Parma 1 0 0
24 Spain Deportivo La Coruña 1 0 0
24 Italy Cagliari Calcio 1 0 0
24 England FC Liverpool 1 0 0
24 Spain FC Sevilla 1 0 0
38 Germany Bayern Munich 0 2 0
39 France Montpellier 0 1 2
40 Ivory Coast ASEC Abidjan 0 1 1
40 Algeria MC Alger 0 1 1
40 Nigeria Shooting Stars 0 1 1
40 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 0 1 1
40 England Bolton Wanderers 0 1 1
45 Egypt Ismaily SC 0 1 0
45 Democratic Republic of the Congo* Vita Club 0 1 0
45 Ghana Hearts of Oak 0 1 0
45 France Mulhouse 0 1 0
45 Egypt Al-Mokawloon Al-Arab 0 1 0
45 France FC Nantes 0 1 0
45 Turkey Fenerbahçe 0 1 0
45 Switzerland FC Sion 0 1 0
45 France Girondins Bordeaux 0 1 0
45 France Toulon 0 1 0
45 Algeria MC Oran 0 1 0
45 Turkey Aydınspor 0 1 0
45 Greece Olympiacos Piraeus 0 1 0
45 France Stade Rennes 0 1 0
45 England FC Sunderland 0 1 0
45 China Shanghai Shenhua 0 1 0
61 Algeria JS Kabylie 0 0 2
61 France Stade Laval 0 0 2
61 England FC Everton 0 0 2
64 Guinea Horoya Conakry 0 0 1
64 Togo OC Agaza Lome 0 0 1
64 France AS Saint-Étienne 0 0 1
64 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0 0 1
64 France AS Cannes 0 0 1
64 Belgium Club Brugge 0 0 1
64 Turkey Beşiktaş 0 0 1
64 France AJ Auxerre 0 0 1
64 France Guingamp 0 0 1
64 France Olympique Lyon 0 0 1
64 Turkey Galatasaray 0 0 1

* Known as Zaire Zaire from 1971 until 1997
Known as Republic of the Congo People's Republic of the Congo from 1970 until 1992

Wins by country[edit]

Player First place Second place Third place
1 Cameroon Cameroon 11 8 11
2 Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 7 6 7
3 Ghana Ghana 6 7 7
4 Nigeria Nigeria 5 6 7
5 Morocco Morocco 4 1 0
6 Liberia Liberia 3 4 0
7 Algeria Algeria 2 4 5
8 Mali Mali 2 2 0
9 Senegal Senegal 2 1 0
10 Guinea Guinea 1 3 2
11 Democratic Republic of the Congo* DR Congo 1 3 0
12 Egypt Egypt 1 2 4
13 Ghana Ghana 1 1 0
14 Zambia Zambia 1 0 1
14 Togo Togo 1 0 1
16 Tunisia Tunisia 1 0 0
16 Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo 1 0 0
18 Chad Chad 0 1 0

* Known as Zaire Zaire from 1971 until 1997
Known as Republic of the Congo People's Republic of the Congo from 1970 until 1992

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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