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BBC African Footballer -2014 named today

2013 - Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)
2013 - Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)

The winner of the vote for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 will be revealed today at 1735GMT.

Those in contention are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama, Gervinho and Yaya Toure.

The list will be trimmed to two players at about 1540GMT online and on Sport Today on the BBC World Service.  Your choice of the best footballer on the continent for 2014 will then be revealed across the BBC World Service on TV and radio as well as online.

A record number of votes were received from fans in 207 Fifa-registered countries since the nominees were announced three weeks ago.

Thanks you to all of you who submitted your vote. Four of the candidates played at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, where for the first time in the tournament's history two African sides made it out of the group phase.

Goalkeeper Enyeama played in the last 16 of the tournament with Nigeria, while Brahimi reached the same stage with Algeria.

Enyeama, 32, went into the event off the back of an outstanding campaign for French club Lille - he kept 21 clean sheets for them last season.  In Spain, forward Brahimi's efforts for Granada led to him being named best African player in the country last term and earning a move to Porto.

Both players carried their excellent club form into the showpiece finals and caught the eye with superb performances - as did Ivory Coast forward Gervinho.  The Roma player has been a revelation in Italy since leaving English Premier League side Arsenal, scoring 10 goals in 39 games for the Serie A side.

He and his compatriot Toure did not make it out of their group in Brazil, but on a personal note both have enjoyed impressive seasons.  Midfielder Toure helped guide Manchester City to their second Premier League title in three years. He also won the Capital One Cup.

Although striker Aubameyang did not play at Brazil 2014 - because Gabon did not qualify - he makes the shortlist for the second year in a row thanks to his club form.

The 25-year-old has settled in his second season with German side Borussia Dortmund and his improvement has been particularly noticeable in the Champions League, where he has already scored three times in the current campaign.

Previous winners

2013 - Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast),  2012 - Chris Katongo (Henan Construction & Zambia) , 2011 - Andre Ayew (Marseille & Ghana)  2010 - Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana) .

2009 - Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)  2008 - Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt) , 2007 - Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)  2006 - Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana) .

2005 - Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)  2004 - Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria) , 2003 - Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)  2002 - El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal), 2001 - Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)  2000 - Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon).

 


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