African Women's Footballer of the Year Winners since 2001

Asisat Oshoala and Perpetua Nkwocha have won the African Women’s Footballer of the Year Award for a joint record four (4) times

The CAF awards are back after a two-year hiatus, with the CAF Women’s Player of the Year award and the CAF Men’s Player of the Year award taking centre stage.

CAF has been handing out the Women’s Footballer of the Year award since 2001. Pulse Sports Nigeria lists all women who have won the award.

Mercy Akide (Nigeria – 2001)

Nigeria’s Super Falcons are Africa’s most successful women’s team, so it is not surprising that former star Mercy Akide is the first recipient of the CAF Women’s Footballer of the Year award.

Mercy Akide shone for the Super Falcons in the early 2000s'
Mercy Akide shone for the Super Falcons in the early 2000s’

A 1999 and 2004 FIFA World All-Star, Akide was named the best Women’s African player of 2001 after helping Nigerian win the 2000 Women Africa Cup of Nations. She also made her mark at the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Akide remains one of the most popular females to play the beautiful game.

Alberta Sackey (Ghana – 2002)

Sackey is Ghana’s first recipient of the award after picking up the prize in 2002. A member of Ghana’s 1999 and 2003 World Cup teams, Sackey beat Nigeria’s Akide, Stella Mbachu and Perpetua Nwkocha to the award after helping Ghana finish as runners-up at the 2002 WAFCON.

Alberta Sackey scored one of the greatest goals in the Women's World Cup and won the Women's Footballer of the Year Award in 2002
Alberta Sackey scored one of the greatest goals in the Women’s World Cup and won the Women’s Footballer of the Year Award in 2002

Although Nigeria ended up as champions, Sackey was one of the players of the tournament. She scored four (4) goals, including the winner against Nigeria in the group stages. Sackey also scored Ghana’s two goals at the 2003 Women’s World Cup.

Adjoa Bayor (Ghana – 2003)

For the second consecutive year, the CAF’s Women’s player of the year went to a Ghanaian.

Adjoa Bayor is one of Africa's best Women footballers of all time
Adjoa Bayor is one of Africa’s best Women footballers of all time

Adjoa Bayor was the recipient of the CAF Women’s Player of the Year Award in 2003 after her exploits. She was part of the team that secured Africa’s only win at the 2003 Women’s World Cup.

Noko Matlou (South Africa – 2008)

Noko Matlou became South Africa’s first winner of the CAF Women’s Footballer of the Year Award, winning the prestigious prize in 2008.

Noko Matlou won the CAF Women's Player of the year award in 2008
Noko Matlou won the CAF Women’s Player of the year award in 2008

She won the award after scoring six goals at WAFCON 2008, including a hat-trick in the semi-final against Cameroon.

Genoveva Anonman (Equatorial Guinea – 2012)

Genoveva Anonman is one of Africa’s greatest female players due to her achievements with Equatorial Guinea. She was part of the Equatorial Guinean team that won the WAFCON in 2008 and 2012.

Genoveva Anonman was part of the Equatorial Guinea squad that won two WAFCONs
Genoveva Anonman was part of the Equatorial Guinea squad that won two WAFCONs

For her performance in the 2012 edition, Anonman won the CAF Women’s Player of the Year award. She finished as the competition’s top scorer with six goals, including a hat-trick against DR Congo.

Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon – 2015)

Gaelle Enganamouit is the 2015 recipient of the CAF Women’s Footballer of the Year award. Egnanamouit picked up the award for her performance at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Gaelle Enganamouit won the CAF Women's player award for her performance at the 2015 World Cup
Gaelle Enganamouit won the CAF Women’s player award for her performance at the 2015 World Cup

She was part of the Cameroonian team that reached the second round of the World Cup on their debut. Eganamouit played a massive role in the Lionesses’ success, scoring a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Ecuador.

Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa – 2018)

Thembi Kgatlana is the most recent non-Nigerian winner of the CAF Women’s Footballer of the Year award after winning it for South Africa in 2018.

Bayana Bayana of South Africa's Thembi Kgatlana terrorised Nigeria at the 2018 WAFCON to win the player of the tournament award and the 2018 African Women's Footballer of the Year Award
Bayana Bayana of South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana terrorised Nigeria at the 2018 WAFCON to win the player of the tournament award and the 2018 African Women’s Footballer of the Year Award

Kgatlana won the award following her heroics at the 2018 WAFCON. The 26-year-old was unplayable in the tournament, finishing as the competition’s top scorer with five goals, including the winner against Nigeria in the group stage.

Although the Super Falcons gained their revenge in the final via penalties, Kgatlana was named the best player of the tournament.

Cynthia Uwak (Nigeria – 2006, 2007)

Cynthia Uwak is the second Nigerian to win the African Women’s Footballer of the Year Award back-to-back, winning it in 2006 and 2007. Uwak is one of Nigeria’s best female players, representing Nigeria at the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Summer Olympics.

Cynthia Uwak is one of the early stars of the Super Falcons and won two (2) African Footballer of the Year Awards
Cynthia Uwak is one of the early stars of the Super Falcons and won two (2) African Footballer of the Year Awards

She scored Nigeria’s only goal at the 2007 World Cup and was the second-highest goal scorer at the 2006 WAFCON, with six goals.

Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria – 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011)

Perpetua Nkwocha is the first player to win the coveted CAF Player of the Year Award four times. She won the first of her four titles in 2004 before retaining it in 2005. After a long wait, Nkwocha claimed another back-to-back award in 2010 and 2011.

Perpetua Nkwocha is the first female player to win the CAF Women's Player of the Year Award four times
Perpetua Nkwocha is the first female player to win the CAF Women’s Player of the Year Award four times

Nkwocha is one of the greatest female players to play the game. At her peak, she had no equal. She represented Nigeria at seven WAFCONS, winning five. Nkwocha is also a veteran of four FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria – 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019)

When Nkwocha won the last of her four awards in 2011, not many thought her record would be matched. However, just eight years later, Asisat Oshoala equalled Nkwocha’s feat and will definitely surpass it.

Asisat Oshoala is arguably Africa's greatest female player of all time (IMAGO/Sulaiman Pooja)
Asisat Oshoala is arguably Africa’s greatest female player of all time (IMAGO/Sulaiman Pooja)

Oshoala burst onto the scene at the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, where she won the Golden Ball. Later that year, she represented Nigeria at the WAFCON.

Her performance in these two competitions earned her the 2014 CAF Women’s Footballer of the Year Award. She then won the award again in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for her performance for both country and club.

Although she is currently out of the ongoing WAFCON due to an injury, Oshoala is likely to win the prize again this year due to her performance for Barcelona Femeni.

The Super Falcons star has already cemented her place as the Greatest African Player Of All-Time in African Women’s football.

Full List of the African Women’s Footballer of the Year Award Winners

Mercy Akide (Nigeria) – 2001

Alberta Sackey (Ghana) – 2002

Adjoa Bayor (Ghana) – 2003

Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria) – 2004

Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria) – 2005

Cynthia Uwak (Nigeria) – 2006

Cynthia Uwak (Nigeria) – 2007

Noko Matlou (South Africa) – 2008

Nil* – 2009

Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria) – 2010

Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria) – 2011

Genoveva Añonma (Equatorial Guinea) – 2012

Nil* – 2013

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria) – 2014

Gaëlle Enganamouit (Cameroon) – 2015

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria) – 2016

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria) – 2017

Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa) – 2018

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria) – 2019

Nil* – 2020

Nil* – 2021

(Nil*) – Not Awarded

Source: PulseNG

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