The BBC African Footballer Of The Year 2016 Award Draws Close, Get Ready To Vote – Here’s How

Yaya Toure is the current wielder of the BBC African footballer of the year title after he won for the second time in 2015 but who will be the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016?

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It is really up to you … sort of. On Saturday the five nominees for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 will be revealed and then you come in as voting opens on that same day.

The award is given annually to whoever is considered the best African footballer of the year as voted by the BBC radio listeners. Voting can be done either through an SMS or online.

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Past winners of the award (we will only go back as far as 2010) have included;

  • Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan who played for England’s Sunderland (2010)
  • Ghana’s André Ayew who played for France’s Marseille (2011)
  • Zambia’s Christopher Katongo who played for Henan Construction (2012)
  • Ivory Coast’s Yaya Touré who played for England’s Manchester City (2013)
  • Algeria’s Yacine Brahimi who played for Granada CF and FC Porto (2014)
  • Ivory Coast’s Yaya Touré took home the award again in 2015

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In 2015, Yaya Toure faced competition from the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Yacine Brahimi and Sadio Mane. He also managed to seal his record of being the African player to appear on the shortlist more times than any other player in history.

This year’s names will be announced in a live show on BBC World TV and BBC World Service radio, starting at 18:00 GMT. From 18:50, African football fans worldwide will be able to vote via the BBC African football website.

BBC African footballer

Voting for the BBC African footballer of the year will close 18:00 on Monday, 28 November, and the winner revealed live on Focus on Africa TV and radio on Monday 12 December at 17:35.

The live show revealing the winner will be hosted by Peter Okwoche and will include a panel of former African internationals and football experts. An interview with a former winner of the award is also in the mix as well as discussion of the 2016 nominees and a review of the year in African football.

Behind-the-scenes footage of the show will also be shown n the BBC Africa and BBC Sport Facebook pages and on Instagram and BBC Sport will also be live-tweeting the launch as it happens on BBC Africa and BBC Sport Twitter accounts.