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African Player of the Year 1970-2018

Full details of the African Player of the Year from 1970 to 2014 including France Football African Player of the Year from 1970 to 1994 and CAF Player of the Year from 1992 to 2014. Includes club affiliations.

France Football African Player of the Year (1970–1993)  & CAF African Player of the Year (1993–Present)

Year Place Player Nationality Club(s)
1970 1st Salif Keïta

Mali football

Mali AS Saint-Etienne
2nd Laurent Pokou

Ivory Coast Football

Côte d'Ivoire ASEC Abidjan
3rd Ali Abugreisha

Egypt Football

Egypt Ismaily SC
1971 1st Ibrahim Sunday

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Asante Kotoko
2nd Robert Mensah

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Asante Kotoko
3rd François Ndoumbé

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Canon Yaounde
1972 1st Cherif Souleymane

Guinea Football

Guinea Hafia Conakry
2nd Tshimen Bwanga

zAIRE fOOTBALL

Zaire TP Mazembe
3rd Petit Sory

Guinea Football

Guinea Hafia Conakry
1973 1st Tshimen Bwanga

zAIRE fOOTBALL

Zaire TP Mazembe
2nd Mwamba Kazadi

zAIRE fOOTBALL

Zaire TP Mazembe
3rd Laurent Pokou

Ivory Coast Football

Côte d'Ivoire ASEC Abidjan
1974 1st Paul Moukila PR Congo CARA Brazzaville
2nd Boba Lobilo

zAIRE fOOTBALL

Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
3rd Hassan Shehata

Egypt Football

Egypt El Zamalek
1994 1st George Weah

Liberia Football

Liberia Paris Saint-Germain
2nd Emmanuel Amunike

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Sporting CP / El Zamalek
3rd Daniel Amokachi

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Everton / Club Brugge
1975 1st Ahmed Faras

Morocco football

Morocco Chabab Mohammédia
2nd Roger Milla

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Tonnerre Yaoundé
N'Jolea

Guinea Football

Guinea Hafia Conakry
1976 1st Roger Milla

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Tonnerre Yaoundé
2nd Papa Camara

Guinea Football

Guinea Hafia Conakry
3rd Ali Bencheikh

Algeria Football

Algeria MC Alger
1977 1st Tarak Dhiab

Tunisia Football

Tunisia Espérance Tunis
2nd Papa Camara

Guinea Football

Guinea Hafia Conakry
3rd Segun Odegbami

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Shooting Stars
1978 1st Karim Abdul Razak

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Asante Kotoko
2nd Ali Bencheikh

Algeria Football

Algeria MC Alger
3rd Thomas N'kono

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Canon Yaounde
1979 1st Thomas Nkono

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Canon Yaoundé
2nd Adolf Armah

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Hearts of Oak
3rd Kerfalla Bangoura

Guinea Football

Guinea Horoya Conakry
1980 1st Jean Manga-Onguene

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Canon Yaounde
2nd Segun Odegbami

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Shooting Stars
3rd Théophile Abega

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Canon Yaounde
1981 1st Lakhdar Belloumi

Algeria Football

Algeria GC Mascara
2nd Thomas N'kono

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Canon Yaounde
3rd Ali Fergani

Algeria Football

Algeria Montpellier HSC / JS Kabylie
1982 1st Thomas N'kono

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Espanyol
2nd Salah Assad

Algeria Football

Algeria Mulhouse
3rd Lakhdar Belloumi

Algeria Football

Algeria GC Mascara
1983 1st Mahmoud Al-Khatib

Egypt Football

Egypt Al-Ahly
2nd Opoku Nti

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Asante Kotoko
3rd Rafiou Moutairou

Togo Football

Togo OC Agaza Lome
1984 1st Théophile Abega

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Toulouse
2nd Joseph-Antoine Bell

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Al-Mokawloon al-Arab
Ibrahim Youssef

Egypt Football

Egypt El Zamalek
1985 1st Mohammed Timoumi

Morocco football

Morocco FAR Rabat
2nd Rabah Madjer

Algeria Football

Algeria Porto
3rd Djamel Menad

Algeria Football

Algeria JS Kabylie
Ibrahim Youssef

Egypt Football

Egypt El Zamalek
1986 1st Badou Zaki

Morocco football

Morocco Mallorca
2nd Aziz Bouderbala

Morocco football

Morocco Sion
3rd Roger Milla

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Montpellier / Saint-Étienne
1987 1st Rabah Madjer

Algeria Football

Algeria Porto
2nd Youssouf Fofana

Ivory Coast Football

Côte d'Ivoire Monaco
3rd Francois Oman-Biyik

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Stade Laval
1988 1st Kalusha Bwalya

Zambia Football

Zambia Cercle Brugge
2nd Roger Milla

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Montpellier
3rd Youssouf Fofana

Ivory Coast Football

Côte d'Ivoire Monaco
1989 1st George Weah

Liberia Football

Liberia Monaco
2nd Joseph-Antoine Bell

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Bordeaux / Toulon
3rd Kalusha Bwalya

Zambia Football

Zambia PSV Eindhoven
1990 1st Roger Milla

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Saint-Denis
2nd Tahar Cherif El-Ouazani

Algeria Football

Algeria MC Oran / Aydınspor
3rd Rabah Madjer

Algeria Football

Algeria Porto
Francois Oman-Biyik

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Stade Laval
1991 1st Abedi Pele

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Marseille
2nd George Weah

Liberia Football

Liberia Monaco
3rd Francois Oman-Biyik

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Cannes
1992 1st Abedi Pele

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Marseille
2nd George Weah

Liberia Football

Liberia Paris Saint-Germain / Monaco
3rd Anthony Yeboah

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Eintracht Frankfurt
1993 1st Abedi Pele

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Marseille
2nd Anthony Yeboah

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Eintracht Frankfurt
3rd Rashidi Yekini

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Vitória de Setúbal
CAF African Player of the Year (1993–Present)
Year Place Player Nationality Club(s)
1993 1st Rashidi Yekini

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Vitória de Setúbal
2nd
3rd
1994 1st Emmanuel Amunike

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Sporting CP / El Zamalek
2nd George Weah

Liberia Football

Liberia Paris Saint-Germain
Rashidi Yekini

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Olympiacos / Vitória de Setúbal
1995 1st George Weah

Liberia Football

Liberia Milan / Paris Saint-Germain
2nd
3rd
1996 1st Nwankwo Kanu

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Ajax / Internazionale
2nd George Weah

Liberia Football

Liberia Milan
3rd Daniel Amokachi

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Beşiktaş / Everton
1997 1st Victor Ikpeba

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Monaco
2nd Japhet N'Doram

Chad Football

Chad Monaco / Nantes
3rd Taribo West

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Internazionale / Auxerre
1998 1st Mustapha Hadji

Morocco football

Morocco Deportivo La Coruña
2nd Jay-Jay Okocha

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Paris Saint-Germain / Fenerbahçe
3rd Sunday Oliseh

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Ajax
1999 1st Nwankwo Kanu

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Arsenal
2nd Samuel Kuffour

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Bayern Munich
3rd Ibrahima Bakayoko

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Marseille
2000 1st Patrick Mboma

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Parma / Cagliari
2nd Lauren Etame Mayer

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Mallorca
3rd Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Mallorca
2001 1st El Hadji Diouf

Rwanda Football

Senegal Lens
2nd Samuel Kuffour

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Bayern Munich
3rd Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Mallorca
2002 1st El Hadji Diouf

Rwanda Football

Senegal Liverpool / Lens
2nd Papa Bouba Diop

Rwanda Football

Senegal Lens
3rd Mido

Egypt Football

Egypt Ajax
2003 1st Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Mallorca
2nd Jay-Jay Okocha

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Bolton Wanderers
3rd Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Marseille / Guingamp
2004 1st Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Barcelona / Mallorca
2nd Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Chelsea / Marseille
3rd Jay-Jay Okocha

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Bolton Wanderers
2005 1st Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Barcelona
2nd Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Chelsea
3rd Michael Essien

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Chelsea / Lyon
2006 1st Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Chelsea
2nd Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Barcelona
3rd Michael Essien

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Chelsea
2007 1st Frédéric Kanouté

Mali football

Mali Sevilla
2nd Michael Essien

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Chelsea
3rd Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Chelsea
2008 1st Emmanuel Adebayor

Togo Football

Togo Arsenal
2nd Mohamed Aboutrika

Egypt Football

Egypt Al-Ahly
3rd Michael Essien

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Chelsea
2009 1st Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Chelsea
2nd Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Internazionale / Barcelona
3rd Michael Essien

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Chelsea
2010 1st Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Internazionale
2nd Asamoah Gyan

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Sunderland / Stade Rennais
3rd Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Chelsea
2011 1st Yaya Touré

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Manchester City
2nd Seydou Keita

Mali football

Mali Barcelona
3rd André Ayew

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Olympique de Marseille
2012 1st Yaya Touré

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Manchester City
2nd Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Chelsea / Shanghai Shenhua
3rd Alex Song

Cameroon Football

Cameroon Arsenal / FC Barcelona
2013 1st Yaya Touré

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Manchester City
2nd John Obi Mikel

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Chelsea
3rd Didier Drogba

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Shanghai Shenhua / Galatasaray
1st Yaya Touré

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Manchester City
2nd Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gabon Football

Gabon Borussia Dortmund
3rd Vincent Enyeama

Nigeria Football

Nigeria Lille
2015 1st Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gabon Football

Gabon Borussia Dortmund
2nd Yaya Touré

Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Côte d'Ivoire Manchester City
3rd André Ayew

Ghana Fooball

Ghana Swansea City
2016 1st Riyad Mahrez

Algeria Football

Algeria Leicester City
2nd Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gabon Football

Gabon Borussia Dortmund
3rd Sadio Mané

Rwanda Football

Senegal Liverpool
2017 1st Mohamed Salah

Egypt Football

Egypt Liverpool
2nd Sadio Mané

Rwanda Football

Senegal Liverpool
3rd Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gabon Football

Gabon Borussia Dortmund
2018 1st Mohamed Salah

Egypt Football

Egypt Liverpool
2nd Sadio Mané

Rwanda Football

Senegal Liverpool
3rd Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gabon Football

Gabon Arsenal

African Player of the Year Winners

African Player of the Year Winners
No Player Nationality
4 Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon Football

Cameroon
4 Yaya Touré Côte d'Ivoire
3 Abedi Pele

Ghana Fooball

Ghana
3 George Weah

Liberia Football

Liberia
2 Didier Drogba Côte d'Ivoire
2 El Hadji Diouf

Senegal football

Senegal
2 Nwankwo Kanu

Nigeria Football

Nigeria
2 Roger Milla

Cameroon Football

Cameroon
2 Thomas Nkono

Cameroon Football

Cameroon
1 Ahmed Faras

Morocco football

Morocco
1 Badou Zaki

Morocco football

Morocco
1 Cherif Souleymane Guinea
1 Emmanuel Adebayor

Togo Football

Togo
1 Emmanuel Amunike

Nigeria Football

Nigeria
1 Frédéric Kanouté

Mali football

Mali
1 Ibrahim Sunday

Ghana Fooball

Ghana
1 Jean Manga-Onguene

Cameroon Football

Cameroon
1 Kalusha Bwalya

Zambia Football

Zambia
1 Karim Abdul Razak

Ghana Fooball

Ghana
1 Lakhdar Belloumi

Algeria Football

Algeria
1 Mahmoud Al-Khatib

Egypt Football

Egypt
1 Mohammed Timoumi

Morocco football

Morocco
1 Mustapha Hadji

Morocco football

Morocco
1 Patrick Mboma

Cameroon Football

Cameroon
1 Paul Moukila PR Congo
1 Rabah Madjer

Algeria Football

Algeria
1 Rashidi Yekini

Nigeria Football

Nigeria
1 Salif Keïta

Mali football

Mali
1 Tarak Dhiab

Tunisia Football

Tunisia
1 Théophile Abega

Cameroon Football

Cameroon
1 Thomas N'kono

Cameroon Football

Cameroon
1 Tshimen Bwanga

Zambia Football

Zaire
1 Victor Ikpeba

Nigeria Football

Nigeria

African Player of the Year by Club

Winners by Clubs
No Club
4

Manchester City Results

Manchester City
3

Mallorca
3

Olympique de Marseille
2

Arsenal Results

Arsenal
2

AS Monaco Football UEFA

AS Monaco
2 Asante Kotoko
2

Barcelona Football

Barcelona
2 Canon Yaoundé
2

Chelsea Results

Chelsea
2 Internazionale
2 Lens
2

Paris Saint Germaine Football

Paris Saint-Germain
2

AC Milan Football

AC Milan
2

Ajax UEFA

Ajax
2 Al-Ahly
2 AS Saint-Etienne
1 Cagliari
1 CARA Brazzaville
1 Cercle Brugge
1 Chabab Mohammédia
1 Deportivo La Coruña
1 El Zamalek
1 Espanyol
1 Espérance Tunis
1 FAR Rabat
1

FC Porto UEFA

FC Porto
1 GC Mascara
1 Hafia Conakry
1 Liverpool
1

Parma Football Results

Parma
1 Saint-Denis
1 Sevilla
1 Sporting CP
1 Tonnerre Yaoundé
1 Toulouse
1 TP Mazembe
1 Vitória de Setúbal

African Player of the Year by Nationality

Nationalities
No Nationality
12 Cameroon
6 Côte d'Ivoire
5 Nigeria
4 Morocco
3 Ghana
3 Liberia
2 Algeria
2 Ghana
2 Mali
2 Senegal
1 PR Congo
1 Egypt
1 Guinea
1 Togo
1 Tunisia
1 Zaire
1 Zambia

 

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