BBC African Footballer of The Year 2014

Yacine Brahimi has been voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014. The 24-year-old midfielder becomes the first Algerian to win the award, which is decided for by football fans. The Porto winger had a great 2014 for both club and country.

Yacine Brahimi

After a record number of votes were submitted from fans in 207 Fifa-registered countries, Brahimi came out on top ahead of Nigerian Vincent Enyeama, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ivorian pair Gervinho and Yaya Toure.

CAF’s Shortlist

The football ruling body in Africa released its final nominees for the CAF footballer of the year award. They trimmed down the initial 25 man list to 5. The five nominees are Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow and Nigeria), Vincent Enyeama (Lille and Nigeria) , Asamaoh Gyan (Al Ain and Ghana), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borrusia Dortmund and Gabon), and Yaya Toure (Manchester City and Ivory Coast).

ES Setif duo of, Akram Djahnit and El Hedi Belameiri, Congo’s Firmin Ndombe Mubele, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef of Tunisia and late South African captain and goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa made the last five for the best palyer based in Africa.

Nigeria continued its dominance in the nomination as Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala made the final five in the women category. Others include Annette Ngo Ndom of Cameroun, Portia Modise of South Africa, and Zenata Coleman of Namibia.

The winners will be decided by votes from the head coaches and technical directors of the national associations affiliated to CAF and the awards ceremony will take place on Thursday January 8, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.