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|The African Footballer Of The Nineties is...|
The striker from Liberia has been the first and yet (standing June 1999) only African player who has been elected World Footballer of the year. He has had tremendous success at AS Monaco, Paris St.Germain, and AC Milan, where he is still playing. In Africa he is even more popular for his help for Liberian football and people. He made it possible that, when the country sunk in civil war, the Liberian national team could take part at competitions and so gave some believe to people where it was needed the most.
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|The Election and the Results|
The Shot That Passed Right Through The Net is proud on this election for several reasons.
The election is more fundamental than a century election as the players have played at the same time and in contrary to century elections they have been seen by the voters.
This vote can be seen as a real world wide fan and experts vote. The election been made over a long period so that particular events could not trigger too strong short term effects (like the African Cup Of Nations etc.). Also the election has not been promoted to sites which might trigger lop sided voting (for example Nigerian fan sites or Al Ahly fan sites or whatever). This of course let to a smaller number of voters but limited the voters to those who were really searching for information on African Football, experts and fans.
So a consistent stream of votes over the period came in and the early tendencies were confirmed.
Very encouraging seems the result: It is indeed not a 'European' vote. As Europeans dominate the world information sources and voices in soccer, it was feared that only European based players might make the race.
In the end it was close that second place Hossam Hassan had been beaten. Him, and 4th placed Kalusha Bwalya are true non-European based players of the 90s. The fifth big name Rashidi Yekini has played in Europe but without the media impact of George Weah or Abedi Pelé.
George Weahs choice anyway should seem logical. And it came without a 'homebase' of voters. Liberia fans are rare on the Internet.
I vote for Morocco's Noureddine
Naybet, currently playing at Deportivo
Andreas Lampert wrote:
My african footballer of
the nineties is Francois Omam-Biyik of Kamerun.
I for Kalusha Bwalya, he's
been disregarded by most of Africa despite
Stephen M. Andoseh wrote:
Roger Milla for sure. A world
treasure for long buried in the obscurity
Ayman Ibrahim wrote:
The greatest african football
player that ever lived and will never be paralleled is
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