Check Out The Only 3 Ghanaian Players In History That Have Won The African Player Of The Year Award

A lot of great players have won the African Player of the Year Honors as far as African football is concerned.

However, since the inception of the awards, only 3 Ghanaian players have won the award.

In this article, I will unveil to you the 3 Ghanaian players who have won the African Player of the Year awards.


Abedi Ayew, known professionally as Abedi Pele, is a 57-year-old Ghanaian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for Real Tamale United and the national team of Ghana.

Abedi Pele made seventy three appearances for the Ghanaian national team.

Until 2013, when he was surpassed by Asamoah Gyan, he was the top goalscorer for the Black Stars with thirty three goals.

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He was a fixture in the African Championships of the 1980s and ’90s with his national team, and a member of Ghana’s victorious team in the 1982 African Cup of Nations, but he never had an opportunity to play in the FIFA World Cup, as the Black Stars failed to qualify for the competition during his career.

However, he was undoubtedly the most dominant figure on the African football scene for nearly a decade.

His stellar performance in the 1992 African Cup of Nations is frequently considered as one of the most compelling football displays by any footballer in a single match.

His native Ghana reached the finals of the Cup that year, only to lose on penalties in the final to the Ivory Coast after Abedi was suspended because of a yellow card he received in the semi-final against Nigeria.

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He was a captain and was one of the first African football players to earn a top placing in FIFA World Player of the Year voting in 1991 and 1992.


Ibrahim Sunday, a 77-year-old Ghanaian midfielder for Asante Kotoko and the Ghana national team, is a retired professional coach and player.

Sunday was initially called up to the Ghana national team in 1966, and his first official international game for his country came in the 1968 African Cup of Nations, when he scored a goal in the quarterfinal against Laurent Pokou’s Ivory Coast as Ghana triumphed.

He also competed in the African Cup of Nations in 1970. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 1971. He is the first African player to play in the German Bundesliga.

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Karim Abdul Razak Tanko, a 65-year-old Ghanaian football coach and former midfielder for the New York Cosmos and the Ghanaian national team, is a retired football midfielder.

Razak captained the Ghanaian team to the 1978 African Cup of Nations during his professional football career with the Ghana national team. Later that year, he was crowned African Footballer of the Year.


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