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Philanthropic African footballers celebrated part 1

RECIPICIENT: Yaya Toure, left, past recipient of a Best of Africa Award

AFRICA’S FOOTBALLERS are to be honoured at the Best of Africa (BoA) awards in central London on 24 April.

The glittering ceremony confirms the status of the continent’s footballers who now ply their trade around the world in increasing numbers.

The BoAs have a slightly different twist to most ceremonies players who have a philanthropic angle to their life and careers. The Best of Africa awards are a unique celebration of charity projects undertaken by African footballers in the UK.

The awards give a unique opportunity to celebrate the hard work of many of Africa’s most illustrious sons and daughters in the world of professional sport.

Players including N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Victor Wanyama have been nominated for awards at the prestigious event, now in its sixth year, and organisers are promising a night to remember with more star appearances than ever before.

Held in the finest surroundings and attended by the cream of the footballing world, the night offers an unrivalled opportunity to celebrate Africa, discover more about the links between footballers and their lesser-known charitable work and raise the profile of many important issues.

Former winners have included Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Odion Ighalo and Alex Song, among many others – and the night has become one of the most eagerly anticipated in the footballing calendar. The aforementioned Premier League stars are household names, but they must pay homage to those that came before.

Liberian George Weah set the standards for African footballers abroad. The former Monaco, Milan, Chelsea and Manchester City star left an indelible mark on the game. Weah was named World Player of the Year in 1995, becoming the first, and currently, only African player to win the award. He confirmed his global status by also claiming the Ballon d’Or (World Player of the Year) in 1995. And for good measure he was also recipient of the African Player of the Year gong three times.

While Weah hogged the global headlines, three years previous to the Liberian’s individual honours, a landmark was achieved much closer to home.

To read part 2 of this story, check back at 5pm GMT.

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