The Africa footballer award was first presented by the french football magazine and was formerly known as the France football award.
Let's take a look at players that has won the award from 1980 to 1989.
In 1980, a Cameroonian, Jean Manga-Onguene won the award. He became the third Cameroonian to win the award and also the third player form Canon Yaoundé to win the award.
In 1982, Cameroonian Thomas N'kono won his second award becoming the first player to win the award twice. This time he was playing for Espanyol in Spain.
In 1983, Egyptian Mohamed El Khatib won the award, becoming the first Egyptian to win the award. He was playing for Egypt team, Ah Ahly when he won the award.
In 1984, another Cameroonian, Theophilus Abega won the award when playing for Toulouse in France. He became the fourth Cameroon player to win the award.
In 1985, Morocco star player, Mohamed Timoumi, won the award while playing for Royal Armed Forces. He is the second Morocco player to win the award after Ahmed Faras.
In 1986, another Moroccan, Ezzaka Badou won the award while playing for Real Mallorca in Spain. He is the third Morocco player to win the award.
In 1987, Algeria Rabah Madjei won the award while playing for FC Porto in Portugal. He is the second Algerian to win the award.
In 1988, Kalusha Bwalya became the first Zambia player to win the Africa player of the year. He won the award while playing for cercle Bruges.
In 1989, Liberian George Weah won his first award while playing for AS Monaco in France. George Weah became the first player form Liberia to win the prestigious award.
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