BBC African Footballer of the Year

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BBC African Footballer of the Year
Presented by BBC World Service
First awarded 1992
Currently held by Mohamed Salah
Television/radio coverage
Network BBC

The BBC African Footballer of the Year (previously known as the BBC African Sports Star of the Year and the BBC African Sports Personality of the Year) is an annual award given to the best African footballer of the year as voted by the BBC radio listeners. Voting is done via SMS and online.

History[edit]

Initially a sports award, the inaugural winner was Ghana's Abedi Pele in 1992. The only non-footballers to win the award was track and field athlete Frankie Fredericks in 1993, and long-distance track and road running athlete Haile Gebrselassie in 1998. The Zambia national football team were posthumous winners of the award in 1994, following the plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean a year previous. The award became centred around football from 2001 onwards, Cameroon's Patrick M'Boma was the last person to win it as a sports award.

Nigeria's Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, as well as the Ivory Coast's Yaya Touré, are the only players to win the award more than once, with two wins.

Winners[edit]

Mohamed Salah is the current winner for the BBC African Footballer of the Year
Year Winner Club(s) Reference
1992 Ghana Abedi Pele France Marseille [1]
1993 Namibia Frankie Fredericks N/A [1]
1994 Zambia Zambia national football team N/A [1]
1995 Liberia George Weah Italy Milan [1]
1996 Nigeria Emmanuel Amuneke Portugal Sporting CP
Spain Barcelona
[1]
1997 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu Italy Internazionale [1]
1998 Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie N/A [1]
1999 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu England Arsenal [1]
2000 Cameroon Patrick M'Boma Italy Cagliari
Italy Parma
[2]
2001 Ghana Samuel Kuffour Germany Bayern Munich [3]
2002 Senegal El Hadji Diouf France Lens
England Liverpool
[4]
2003 Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha England Bolton Wanderers [5]
2004 Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha England Bolton Wanderers [6]
2005 Egypt Mohamed Barakat Egypt Al Ahly [1]
2006 Ghana Michael Essien England Chelsea [7]
2007 Togo Emmanuel Adebayor England Arsenal [8]
2008 Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika Egypt Al Ahly [9]
2009 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba England Chelsea [10]
2010 Ghana Asamoah Gyan England Sunderland [11]
2011 Ghana André Ayew France Marseille [12]
2012 Zambia Christopher Katongo China Henan Construction [13]
2013 Ivory Coast Yaya Touré England Manchester City [14]
2014 Algeria Yacine Brahimi Spain Granada
Portugal Porto
[15]
2015 Ivory Coast Yaya Touré England Manchester City [16]
2016 Algeria Riyad Mahrez England Leicester City [17]
2017 Egypt Mohamed Salah Italy Roma
England Liverpool
[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Edwards, Piers (12 November 2016). "History of the BBC African Footballer of the Year award". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Mboma wins top BBC award". BBC Sport. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kuffour named BBC African Player of the Year". BBC Sport. 4 January 2002. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Diouf scoops award". BBC Sport. 1 April 2003. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Okocha wins BBC award". BBC Sport. 9 January 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Okocha retains BBC's Africa award". BBC Sport. 7 January 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Essien wins BBC African award". BBC Sport. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Adebayor wins BBC player award". BBC Sport. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Aboutrika triumphs in BBC poll". BBC Sport. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Drogba wins BBC African Footballer of the Year award". BBC Sport. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Ghana's Asamoah Gyan is named as 2010 BBC winner". BBC Sport. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Andre 'Dede' Ayew named BBC African Footballer of 2011". BBC Sport. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Christopher Katongo thanks fans after winning BBC award". BBC Sport. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Yaya Toure named 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year". BBC Sport. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Brahimi wins BBC African Footballer of the Year award 2014". BBC Sport. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Yaya Toure wins BBC African Footballer of the Year award 2015". BBC Sport. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Riyad Mahrez wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 award". BBC Sport. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year". BBC Sport. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.