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15.01.2007 Sports News

Roger Milla -Africa's Best

Roger Milla -Africa's Best
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Abedi - 5th, Essien - 11th, Kuffour - 28th
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has named Roger Milla as the best African player of the past 50 years.
The Cameroon World Cup star was chosen in a poll by followers of African football through Caf''''s website ahead of the confederation''''s fiftieth anniversary celebrations next month.

Milla, who starred at three World Cups with the Indomitable Lions (1982, 1990 and 1994), polled a total 2246 points to beat Egypt''''s Mahmoud El-Khatib, who recorded 2165 points.

Milla first won the African Footballer of the Year title in 1976 and regained it fourteen years later, after leading the Indomitable Lions to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup at the ripe age of 38.

In 1994, he became the oldest player in World Cup history to score a goal, getting Cameroon''''s lone strike in a 1-6 loss to Russia.

In the top 10 are Hossam Hassan (Egypt/2011 points), Samuel Eto''''o (Cameroon/1840), Abedi Pele (Ghana/1783), George Weah (Liberia/1604), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/1467), Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria/1209), Rabeh Madjer (Algeria/1176) and Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia/1073).

Caf is planning several events to commemorate fiftieth anniversary celebrations, including a youth tournament involving Caf''''s four founder members - Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sudan.

Top 20 Africans from 50 years

(Position, player, country, votes. Asterik denotes active footballer)

1. Roger Milla Cameroon 2,246 2. Mahmoud al-Khatib Egypt 2,165 3. Hossam Hassan* Egypt 2,011 4. Samuel Eto''''o* Cameroon 1,840 5. Abedi Pele Ghana 1,783 6. George Weah Liberia 1,604 7. Didier Drogba* Ivory Coast 1,467 8. Nwankwo Kanu* Nigeria 1,209 9. Rabeh Madjer Algeria 1,176 10. Kalusha Bwalya Zambia 1,073 11. Michael Essien* Ghana 996 12. Austin Okocha* Nigeria 921 13. Saleh Selim Egypt 850 14. Lahcene Lalmas Algeria 791 15. Benni McCarthy* South Africa 782 16. El-Hadji Diouf* Senegal 711 17. Noureddine Naybet* Morocco 692 18. Rashidi Yekini Nigeria 649 19. Hany Ramzy Egypt 608 20. Hassan Shehata Egypt 605 .... 28. Sammy Kuffour Ghana