Paul Moukila

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Paul Moukila
Personal information
Full name Paul "Sayal" Moukila
Date of birth (1950-06-06)6 June 1950
Place of birth Souanké, Middle Congo
Date of death 24 May 1992(1992-05-24) (aged 41)
Place of death Meaux, France
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1975 CARA Brazzaville
1975–1976 Strasbourg 4 (1)
1976–1978 CARA Brazzaville
National team
1971–1978 Republic of the Congo 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paul Moukila nicknamed Sayal (6 June 1950 – 24 May 1992) was a Congolese international footballer and winner of the 1974 African Footballer of the Year award.[1]


Born in Souanké, Moukila began playing football for local side CARA Brazzaville. He played for the club from 1971 to 1975 and then from 1976 to 1978, after returning from a short spell abroad, at French club Strasbourg (1975–1976).

With the Congo national football team, Moukila won the African Cup of Nations in 1972. He was later voted African Footballer of the Year in 1974.

In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years.[2] Moukila was voted the IFFHS Player of the Century for the Republic of the Congo in 2000.[3]

Moukila's son is also a footballer, playing in the third tier of French football - Championnat National. However his son has failed to re-do the successes of his father, however he has still managed to make a living by being a full-time professional footballer in the lowest division of the French league.


Moukila died in Meaux, France from a bout of malaria on 24 May 1992.[1]


  1. ^ a b Ayelo, Jean Bruno (11 January 2011). "Moukila Paul (Sayal), Ballon d'or africain '74: Le footballeur qui a marqué tout le cinquantenaire du Congo" (in French). Mbokamosika.
  2. ^ "Οι 200 κορυφαίοι Αφρικανοί". 25 October 2006.
  3. ^ Arruda, Marcelo Leme de. "IFFHS' Players and Keepers of the Century for many countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 2000-01-21. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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