2018 winner of BBC African player of the year will be revealed on Friday 14th December. In 2017, the award was lifted by Liverpool and Egypt winger Mohamed Salah. The forward was nominated again this year alongside Senegal duo Sadio Mane (Liverpool) and Kalidou Kuolibaly (Napoli). Others include Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia who plays for Serie A giants Juventus and Atletico Madrid Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey. Today, as we prepare to learn who will carry the day this year, let us look at the last six winners of this special award.
6. André Ayew- 2011 (Ghana)
🔸2009 FIFA U20 WC
🔸2011 BBC Footballer of the year
🔸Africa Cup of Nations Top Goalscorer: 2015
🔸Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament: 2015
🔸CAF Team of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2015
Happy Birthday, have a good one Andre Ayew. 🎂 pic.twitter.com/lp6AsJTEsg
— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) December 17, 2017
Ghanaian international André Ayew lifted BBC Africa Footballer of the year in the year 2011. Fenerbahçe forward had a great year in 2010/11 for both club and country. He helped Marseille lift Trophée des champions: 2010, 2011, and Coupe de la Ligue: 2011. He also won the Africa Cup of Nations Silver Medal in 2010 for his country.
5. Christopher Katongo- 2012 (Zambia)
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 17, 2012
Zambia football Legend Christopher Katongo is coming to the end of his career. He currently plays for Zambia Premier Soccer League club Green Buffaloes F.C. The Southern Africa country did the unthinkable in 2012 by defeating Côte d’Ivoire 8–7 on post-match penalties.
The 35-year-old was the Captain then and he actually the first spot kick. The likes Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure among other stars could not believe their eyes. They were the favorites but Zambia did not care about that. BBC awarded Katongo Best player award that year.
4. Yacine Brahimi- 2014 (Algeria)
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) December 2, 2014
Algerian International Yacine Brahimi surprised everybody when he won BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2014. He played for La Liga side Granada, but he later switched to Ligue 1 side, FC Porto. The 27-year-old had a great year and he was fully recognized for his success.
In the same year, the North African star also lifted LFP Awards Best African player: 2013–14 and CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2014.