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African Footballer of the Year: Who is on the shortlist?

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Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesGhanaian Abedi Pele (far right) won the Champions League with Marseille who beat AC Milan in the 1993 finalImage caption: Ghanaian Abedi Pele (far right) won the Champions League with Marseille who beat AC Milan in the 1993 finalNone other than Abedi Pele (Ayew) in 1992 – the father of footballers Ibrahim,…


Abedi Pele (far right)

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Image caption: Ghanaian Abedi Pele (far right) won the Champions League with Marseille who beat AC Milan in the 1993 final

None other thanAbedi Pele (Ayew)in 1992 – the father of footballers Ibrahim, Jordan and Andre. I wonder what they talk about in the house?

Here is what the BBC’s Piers Edwards wrote about him when he won the award which was then known as BBC African Sports Star of the Year:

Abedi Pele won the first BBC African Sports Star of the Year award in 1992 while playing for French club Marseille.

He was the heartbeat of the Ghana side that reached the 1992 Nations Cup final in Senegal, where they lost on penalties to Ivory Coast – with the Marseille man missing the decider through suspension.

Nonetheless, he was named the best player of the tournament after impressing with his penetrating play and unsurpassed tally of three goals.

Later in the year, the Marseille star was celebrating once again as his French side recorded its fourth straight league title in succession.

Even better was to follow as Pele, Marcel Desailly and Basile Boli – all of whom had African roots – began a season that ended with Marseille’s solitary Champions League title as they beat Milan in the 1993 final.

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