Previous CAF African Player of the Year Winners
Previous CAF African Player Of The Year Winners
The 2017 CAF African Player of the Year will be announced on Thursday, so ahead of the exciting news, here are the previous winners of the award!
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The first official handing out of the award took place in 1992, when the prize was given to the sensational Abedi Pele, who at the time was playing for Marseille in France.
Former Nigeria internationals Rashidi Yekini and Emmanuel Amunike followed in 1993 and in 1994, respectively, before George Weah won the award in 1995 – the same year he won the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Ex-Arsenal and Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu followed Weah in 1996, while his countryman Victor Ikpeba was named the winner the year after that. Former Morocco international Mustapha Hadji picked up the coveted prize in 1998, before Kanu again won it in 1999.
Cameroon's Patrick Mboma (2000) and Senegal's El Hadji Diouf (2001 and 2002) followed, before former FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o became the first player to win the award on three consecutive occasions (2003, 2004 and 2005).
Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba broke Eto'o's run in 2006, followed by Frederic Kanoute (2007), while Emmanuel Adebayor won it in 2008. Drogba, however, was not finished as he lifted his second title in 2009.
The year after that, Eto'o won the award a fourth time, but Yaya Toure then did even better, winning the prize on four successive occasions between 2011 and 2014.
Borussia Dortmund attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is among the finalists this year along with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, won the award in 2015, while the 2016 prize was given to Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez.
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