Who wins African footballer of the year 2017?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon Senegalese Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamed Salah

The question on the lips of most football lovers in Africa is ‘who wins African footballer of the year 2017?’ One of the contenders Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool FC was only yesterday named Arab footballer of the year, he adds that to the BBC award.

Other contenders are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Liverpool FC .

The winner will be announced at the annual Confederation of African Football awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana on Thursday.

As the wait continues it will be good to spare a moment to take a look at past winners of the award from the latest (2016 winner) to the first award in 1970.

The award was originally organised by the French soccer magazine ‘France Football’ until 1994, after which the Confederation of African Football (CAF) instituted a new award.

List of past winners:

2016: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City, England and Algeria)

2015: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Germany and Gabon)

2014: Yaya Toure (Manchester City, England and Ivory Coast)

2013: Yaya Toure (Manchester City, England and Ivory Coast)

2012: Yaya Toure (Manchester City, England and Ivory Coast)

2011: Yaya Toure (Manchester City, England and Ivory Coast)

2010: Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan, Italy and Cameroon)

2009: Didier Drogba (Chelsea, England and Ivory Coast)

2008: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, England and Togo)

2007: Frederic Kanoute (Sevilla, Spain and Mali)

2006: Didier Drogba (Chelsea, England and Ivory Coast)

2005: Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona, Spain and Cameroon)

2004: Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona, Spain and Cameroon)

2003: Samuel Eto’o (Real Mallorca, Spain and Cameroon)

2002: El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool, England and Senegal)

2001: El Hadji Diouf (Rennes, France and Senegal)

2000: Patrick Mboma (Parma, Italy and Cameroon)

1999: Nwankwo Kanu (Arsenal, England and Nigeria)

1998: Mustapha Hadji (Deportivo Coruna, Spain and Morocco)

1997: Victor Ikpeba (Monaco, France and Nigeria)

1996: Nwankwo Kanu (Inter Milan, Italy and Nigeria)

1995: George Weah (AC Milan, Italy and Liberia)

1994: George Weah (Paris St Germain, France and Liberia) and Emmanuel Amunike (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal and Nigeria)

1993: Abedi Pele Ayew (Olympique Lyonnaise, France and Ghana)

1992: Abedi Pele Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France and Ghana)

1991: Abedi Pele Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France and Ghana)

1990: Roger Milla (St Denis, Reunion and Cameroon)

1989: George Weah (Monaco, France and Liberia)

1988: Kalusha Bwalya (Cercle Bruges, Belgium and Zambia)

1987: Rabah Madjer (FC Porto, Portugal and Algeria)

1986: Badou Ezaki (Real Mallorca, Spain and Morocco)

1985: Mohamed Timoumi (Royal Armed Forces and Morocco)

1984: Theophile Abega (Toulouse, France and Cameroon)

1983: Mahmoud Al Khatib (Al Ahli and Egypt)

1982: Thomas Nkono (Espanyol, Spain and Cameroon)

1981: Lakhdar Belloumi (GCR Mascara and Algeria)

1980: Jean Manga Onguene (Canon Yaounde and Cameroon)

1979: Thomas Nkono (Canon Yaounde and Cameroon)

1978: Karim Abdoul Razak (Asante Kotoko and Ghana)

1977: Tarak Dhiab (Esperance and Tunisia)

1976: Roger Milla (Canon Yaounde and Cameroon)

1975: Ahmed Faras (Mohammedia and Morocco)

1974: Paul Moukila (CARA Brazzaville and Congo)

1973: Tshimen Bwanga (TP Mazembe Englebert and Zaire)

1972: Cherif Souleymane (Hafia and Guinea)

1971: Ibrahim Sunday (Asante Kotoko and Ghana)

1970: Salif Keita (St Etienne, France and Mali)

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