Below are twelve specially handpicked nominees; candidates for induction into the African Football Hall of Fame. Each of them were picked by the unanimous agreement of our Board of Selectors. And each of them have been in the news over the years, playing their part in flying the flag of Africa creditably and with pride, in the world through football.

You can vote for the next Inductee into the Hall of Fame. All inductees will be as a result of the public vote so here’s your chance.

Look through the list below, and pick THREE nominees that you would love to see inducted into the African Football Hall of Fame. You can vote for a maximum of three candidates, casting not more than one vote per candidate

Votes will be compiled and the nominees with the highest votes will be given Hall of Fame status.

Play your part now. Let’s celebrate our heroes together!


Roger Milla

Born: 20 May 1952 in Yaounde, Cameroon

Playing career: Tonnerre Yaounde, Valenciennes France, AS Monaco France, Bastia, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier among many others

National team: Cameroon – 77 caps, 43 goals

Honours: Africa Cup of Nations winner – 1984, 1988

Africa Cup of Nations – highest scorer – 1986, 1988

World Cup Bronze Boot – 1990 World Cup

FIFA Best 100

CAF Best Player of the 50 years till 2007

Played in four Africa Cup of Nations

Played in Three World Cup editions

Caused a sensation in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, leading Cameroon at the age of 38, and scoring vital goals that took Cameroon to within a few minutes of qualifying for the World Cup semi final – thus losing in the quarter finals to England.

Known for his flair, attacking prowess, goal scoring and celebration. A symbol of ageless dedication in his time, known and talked about globally.

George Weah


Born: 1 October 1966 in Monrovia, Liberia

Playing career: Mighty Barole, Invincible Eleven (Liberia), Africa Sport (Cote d’Ivoire), Tonnerre Yaounde (Cameroon), AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City, Marseille.

National team: Liberia – 75 caps, 18 goals

Honours: French Cup with Monaco, French Ligue 1 champion with PSG, Italian Serie A title with AC Milan (1996, 1999), FA Cup with Chelsea

African Footballer of the Year – THREE times (1989, 1994, 1995)

Balon d’Or – 1995

World Player of the Year – 1995

World Player of the Year runner-up – 1996

FIFA top 100

Only African to have won the FIFA World Footballer of the Year award to date, flourished at club level, and known globally for his philanthropy for his sport, his team mates and his nation. A national hero, was elected President of his Republic in 2018.


Mahmoud el-Khatib


Born: 30 October 1954 in Cairo, Egypt

Playing career: Al Ahly FC, Egypt for 16 years (1972-1988), making 199 appearances, 109 goals

National team: Egypt – 54 caps, 24 goals

Honours: Winner, Egyptian Premier League – 10 times

African Cup of Champions (now African Champions League) – Two times

African Cup Winners Cup – Three times

A football player who rose from playing to administrative hierarchy and remained all his life dedicated to his single boyhood club, serving as a player and now as President of the Club

Thomas Nkono


Born: 20 July 1956 in Dizangue, Cameroon

Playing career: Canon Yaounde, Tonnerre Yaounde, Espanyol Spain (9 years, 272 appearances), Sabadell Spain.

National team: Cameroon – 63 caps (goalkeeper)

Featured in THREE World Cup editions (1982, 1990, 1994)

Featured in THREE Africa Cup of Nations editions

Honours: Africa Champions League – 1978

Africa Player of the Year – TWO times (1979, 1982)



Abedi Pele


Born: 5 November 1964 in Kibi, Ghana

Playing career: Real Tamale United (Ghana), FC Zurich, Olympique Marseille (6 years, 112 appearances), Lille France (61 appearances), Lyon, Torino Italy, 1860 Munchen, Germany.

National team: Ghana – 73 caps, 19 goals

Honours: French Ligue 1 title – 1991, 1992

Africa Cup of Nations winner – 1982

African Footballer of the Year – THREE times (1991, 1992, 1993)

Football player from a football family, an ambassador that left his mark – came into football alongside brothers, and trained three of his sons successfully, to continue playing at the highest level of football. Left a mark on the game, and a legacy.

Hassan Shehata


Born: 19 June 1947 in El Beheira, Egypt
Playing career: Zamalek FC for most of his career (1966-1983)
National team: Egypt – 53 caps, 16 goals
Coaching career: Zamalek FC, El Merreikh Sudan, Al Ahly Benghazi Libya, Egypt national team
Honours: Winner of Africa Cup of Nations title as a coach, THREE times in a row (2006, 2008, 2010) – first African coach to achieve the feat
African Coach of the Year – 2008
A former player who took coaching to a different dimension, achieving his feat with a great coaching mentality that made him recognised globally as one of the best African coaches of all time.

Kalusha Bwalya



Born: 16 August 1963 in Mufulira, Zambia

Playing career: Cercle Brugge Belgium (4 years, 95 appearances), PSV Eindhoven (5 years, 101 appearances), America Club, Mexico (3 years, 88 appearances)

National team: Zambia – 87 caps, 39 goals

Honours: African Footballer of the Year, 1988

Well-travelled football professional, played in almost all continents of the world, then retired and became national coach of his country in 2006; then went on to become President of the Football Association of Zambia serving for 8 years, while also being elected as a member of the Executive Committee of CAF in 2013 – one of very few ex-players to have crossed all the sectors of the game

Salif Keita


Born: 8 December 1946 in Bamako, Mali

Playing career: Real Bamako, State Malien, Saint-Etienne, France (5 years, 149 appearances, 125 goals), Marseille, Valencia, Spain, Sporting Lisbon (3 years, 63 appearances, 32 goals)

National team: Mali – 28 caps, 13 goals

Honours: French Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne – 3 times (1968, 1969, 1970)

Africa Footballer of the Year – 1970

FIFA Order of Merit – 1996

Started a dynasty of footballers in the family, with nephews and family members following in his footsteps at high level football. He also left an indelible mark on football creating the first training centre (academy) for professional footballers in Mali, in 1994.

Lucas Radebe


Born: 12 April 1969 in Soweto, South Africa

Playing career: Kaizer Chiefs (5 years, 113 appearances), Leeds United FC England (11 years, 256 appearances)

National team: South Africa – 70 caps, 2 goals

Honours: South African Premier League winner a record THREE times (1989, 1991, 1992), Africa Cup of Nations winner (as Captain on home soil – 1996)

Played in the first post-apartheid international match in South Africa

A FIFA, United Nations ambassador for peace

A global ambassador and mouthpiece for black empowerment using football, made captain of Leeds United and made captain of South Africa at a young age.

Raber Madjer


Born 15 December 1958 in Hussein Dey, Algeria

Playing career: Racing Paris, FC Porto, Portugal (108 appearances, 50 goals), Valencia, Qatar SC.

National team: Algeria – 87 caps, 28 goals

Coaching career: Algeria (5 different spells – 1993-95, 1999, 2001-2002, 2017-2018, 2019)

Honours: Algerian Cup with Hussein Dey

Primera Liga Portugal (THREE titles) – 1986, 19888, 1990 with FC Porto

Portuguese Cup with Porto 1988, 1991

European Cup with Porto 1987 (including a contender for goal of the century he scored versus Bayern Munchen in the final)

Africa Cup of Nations winner – 1990

Afro-Asian Cup of Nations winner- 1991

African Footballer of the Year – 1987

An enviable record of titles collection by an Algerian who raised the bar and put his country in the global limelight due to his flair on and off the pitch (and his hairstyle). Featured in TWO World Cup editions (1982 and 1986). Scored the opening goal for Algeria in the shock 2-1 win of his country over the West Germans in the 1982 World Cup in Spain

Zaki Badou


Born: 2 April 1959 in Sidi Kacem, Morocco

Playing career: Goalkeeper for ASSale, Wydad Casablanca (8 years, 344 appearances), Mallorca, Spain (6 years, 190 appearances)

National team: Morocco – 118 caps

Coaching career: FUS Rabat, Wydad Casablanca (4 spells), Morocco national team (2 spells) and others

Honours: African Footballer of the Year – 1986

La Liga Best goalkeeper – 1988, 1989, 1990

Safe pair of hands well recognised for his ability in between the sticks, and who made it as a great coach and manager that won the hearts of many with his managerial style and calm disposition – a great ambassador for the sport from Morocco

Perpetua Nkwocha


Born: 3 January 1976 in Nigeria

Playing career: Sunnana SK Women’s team (7 years, 139 appearances, 65 goals)

National team: Nigeria Female team (1999-2015; 99 caps, 80 goals)

Participation: Featured in SEVEN African Women’s Championships, FOUR Women’s World Cup editions, THREE Olympic Games Women’s Football event.

Honours: African Women’s Footballer of the Year FOUR times – 2004, 2005, 2010, 1011

African Women’s Championship title FIVE times

African Women’s Championship top scorer THREE editions

An all-time great in women’s football, ever-present at the highest level of the game while she was still active; and arguably the most decorated African player of all time, internationally, to date.

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