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A look back at 25 years of awarding African best footballers

The Confederation of African Football started awarding the continent’s best footballers and teams since 1992.
Already, 15 players have been awarded best players of the year with Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o crowned on four occasions in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010.

This record was equaled by Ivorian Yaya Toure in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 while former Senegal forward, El Hadji Diouf won the award twice in a row in 2001 and 2002.

The first player to be named CAF African Player of the Year on two occasions was ex-Nigeria captain, Nwankwo Kanu, in 1996 and 1999 before Ivorian Didier Drogba in 2006 and 2009.

Ivory Coast leads as the country with the most African Players of the Year award winners with Yaya Toure winning four and Didier Drogba winning two. Nigeria follows with five award winners: Kanu (2), Emmanuel Amunike (1), Rashidi Yekini (1) and Victor Ikpeba (1).

Cameroon also has five with Patrick Mboma winning once and Eto’o’s four awards.

Senegal, Ghana, Liberia, Morocco, Mali, Togo and Gabon won it once each.

Below is a list of player of the year award winners since the ceremony’s inception.

  • 1992 – Abedi AYEW PELE (Ghana)
  • 1993 – Rashidi YEKINI (Nigeria)
  • 1994 – Emmanuel AMUNIKE (Nigeria)
  • 1995 – George WEAH (Liberia)
  • 1996 – Nwankwo KANU (Nigeria)
  • 1997 – Victor IKPEBA (Nigeria)
  • 1998 – Mustapha HADJI (Morocco)
  • 1999 – Nwankwo KANU (Nigeria)
  • 2000 – Patrick MBOMA (Cameroon)
  • 2001 – El-Hadji DIOUF (Senegal)
  • 2002 – El Hadji DIOUF (Senegal)
  • 2003 – Samuel ETO’O (Cameroon)
  • 2004 – Samuel ETO’O (Cameroon)
  • 2005 – Samuel ETO’O (Cameroon)
  • 2006 – Didier DROGBA (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2007 – Frederic KANOUTE (Mali)
  • 2008 – Emmanuel ADEBAYOR (Togo)
  • 2009 – Didier DROGBA (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2010 – Samuel ETO’O (Cameroon)
  • 2011 – Yaya TOURE (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2012 – Yaya TOURE (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2013 – Yaya TOURE (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2014 – Yaya TOURE (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • 2015 – Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon)
  • 2016 – Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)


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  1. I will suggest we do two separate trophies..
    For those Africans playing in the continent and those playing abroad..
    The sum of money for those playing at home should be higher than those playing abroad…

    I think those playing abroad, such a title is more prestige and the cash is secondary..
    But for those playing in Africa, the cash could be more the motivating factor…

    Imagine playing in such mud and dusty plus dirty places in Cameroon ..
    You are very happy to get such a reward and some extra cash…

  2. If La republic is not looking for a solution to the problems of southern Cameroonians, I will prefer we separate..
    because Cameroon is two and divisible, there is every reason to have dream for that day we will divorce.
    And when this is done:
    – I am sure we will get better infrastructure..
    – better football play grounds..and better football teams
    – better schools…
    -A polytech-what we never had in English
    – A good law system..
    – And we will even be stronger than them in terms of economic growth and strength..
    – we will be well organize, learn to respect others as we were thought in school..

    While the Betis will be stealing and hiding in France..We will be investing in our country..
    In the first 5 years, we will be having refugee problems because the Eastern Cameroonians from La republic will be coming in to look for jobs, just like they are doing in Eq Guinea, Gabon and Congo today..

    What is very positive about East Cameroon: the people are never ashame..
    They still don’t care that small states like EQ. Guinea and Gabon have developed more than la republic..

    They don’t have pride..Pride for them is to show force and try to brutalize others…
    They can talk all day long, have big mouths and nothing behind…

  3. Biko,
    You are right. When leaving we will take away Lady Bik and make her PM, some the hotel bug par excellence has never done. To him women should be raped. Anyone trained in the language of thievery isnof no use. Look at them, Pharaon, Mbappe, Mbamois and Pinguiss, always drunk!

  4. Allergic to ignorance United States

    At this rate most of you guys will be in a psych ward by the end of the year