The African footballer of the year award , presented to the best African footballer each year ,has been conferred by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1992.
An earlier African Footballer of The Year Golden Ball award was given out between 1970 and 1994 by France Football magazine.
The change resulted in parallel Golden Ball Award given out to Ghana's Abedi Pele and Liberia's George Weah in 1993 and 1994 respectively by the magazine.
Although the CAF sponsored awards for these years were won respectively by Nigeria's duo ,Rashidi Yekini and Emmanuel Amuneke as well as two awards given to Abedi Pele in 1992.
France Football discontinued the election from 1995 after the European Ballon d' or -also awarded by the magazine -had been opened to all players in the European league.
Cameron's Samuel Eto' o and Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure are the players who have won the African footballer of the year award the most times.
Samuel Eto'o won the award in 2003,2004,2005 and 2006.
Yaya Toure won the award 2011,2012,2013,2014
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