Winner of BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 Announced
Yacine Brahimi has emerged as the surprise winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014.
The 24-year-old midfielder who was voted by African football fans becomes the first Algerian to win the prestigious award.
Brahimi, who plays for Portuguese club Porto, told BBC Sport: “It’s a big honour for me to receive this wonderful trophy. I owe it to my country, Algeria, and to all the people who voted for me.
“It’s also a trophy for the whole of Africa, because it rewards an African player. So I am really very happy.”
“This trophy is going to give me more strength, more desire to work, to get better, to learn so that I can keep having great performances,” he added.
Brahimi won the award following a record number of votes were s207 Fifa-registered countries ahead of Nigerian Vincent Enyeama, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ivorian pair Gervinho and Yaya Toure.
He has been rewarded for starring for Algeria at the World Cup in Brazil, and his performances for Portuguese giants Porto in the domestic and Champions League.
Previous winners of BBC African Footballer of the Year award:
- 2013: Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)
- 2012: Chris Katongo (Henan Construction & Zambia)
- 2011: Andre Ayew (Marseille & Ghana)
- 2010: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)
- 2009: Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)
- 2008: Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)
- 2007: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)
- 2006: Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)
- 2005: Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)
- 2004: Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)
- 2003: Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)
- 2002: El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)
- 2001: Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)
- 2000: Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon)