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Last Updated: Monday, 15 January 2007, 15:47 GMT
Milla is Caf's best from 50 years
Roger Milla
Milla played at three World Cups with the Indomitable Lions

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 THE PAST 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


Have Your Say: Do you agree with the poll? Is Roger Milla Africa's the best in past 50 years? Use the form on the right to have your say.


The only thing that I am sure of is that Roger Milla is the only player over the last century who made the whole of Africa vibrate at the same time and to the same rhythm. Milla is for Africa what Pele is for the entire world.
A.A.Bogno, USA

This is ridiculous. How can Hossam Hassan be ahead of George Weah and Abedi Pele?
Emmanuel Ampomah, Ghanaian in Belgium

I agree with Roger Milla as the best for the past 50 years but I think the closeness of his votes with Mahmoud al Kahtib of Egypt meant that the whole thing almost turned to a disaster. How can Al Khatib come so close to Milla? Apart from Milla being top, the vote gets all the other issues wrong. Samuel Eto'o and Drogba are not fit yet to stand among the continents greats. Who the hell is Benny McCarthy? Is this politics or what? Where is Thomas Nkono or Bruce Grobelaar? Who the hell is Diouf to come in here!
Arrey Elvis N, Cameroon

Abedi Pele should have been above Eto?o. No disrespect to Eto?o, but Pele has been tremendous in Africa football!! I also think Tony Yeboah should have been in the top 10 - and I am not really saying this because I?m Ghanaian.
Eric Ofori-Sarpong, Ghana

Milla is right because he put African football on the map. After what he did in 1990, people around the world started to appreciate and respect African football. Talent-wise, Abedi Pele and Kalusha Bwalya were better than him though but his achievement is greater.
Sydney Hayes, UK/Ireland/Zambia

I do not agree with the poll, although Milla is Africa?s best. But Weah is next in line before Al-Khatib - and Mboma should be among the top ten players in Africa.
Rene Tamanji, Cameroon

Roger Milla is unquestionably Africa's Numero Uno footballer! And others should have been listed in Alphabetical order!
Opeyemi Ajala, Nigeria

In a nutshell, this list is rubbish. The voters do no justice to African football pioneers and know nothing of the history of the game on the continent. Caf was misguided in releasing this list even though it could, would and should have been clear to them that it?s a serious misrepresentation of Africa's greatest players over the last 50 years.
Haruna Buzu, Niger

The selection is biased towards North and West Africa as is always the case with Caf. Peter Ndlovu, Bruce Grobelaar (who won the European Cup with Liverpool and more any other african player) should be in the list as well as Doctor Khumalo.
Stanley Mazarura, Zimbabwe

It?s an outrage that Bruce Grobelaar was not even included in the list. Check his achievements - he is is still the most successful African player ever in terms of achievements in Europe and England.
Oswald Gara, Canada

The vote was really unfair to players like Weah, Okocha and Madjer.
Ogu Chibuzor, Nigeria

For Weah to be named world player of the year and three time African player is not a joke. Who is Mahmoud El-Khatib? Pele should be second because he sold African talent to the world. Then Roger Milla in third. How on earth can names like Hassan, Eto?o beat the players like Weah and Abedi? Nobody can convince me.
Gokah Evans, usa

Roger Milla is not the best. The best is George Weah. Jay-Jay Okocha comes a close second. Weah may not have played the World Cup but his record in Europe and the world is phenomenal. The length he went to help Liberia is also commendable. Ryan Giggs hasn't been to the World Cup but that doesn't make Nigeria's Osaze Odemwingie, who has, a better player.
Chisom Mbonu, Nigeria



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