26 Apr

I should have won the 1999 and 2001 African Footballer of the Year Award - Sammy Kuffour

The Ex-Bayern Munich defender believes he should have been named the 1999 and 2001 African Footballer of the year award.
 
 
Former Ghana international Samuel Kuffour expressed his disappointment for missing the prestigious accolade to ex-Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu and El Hadji Diouf of Senegal.
 
Kuffour was flamboyant in both years winning the UEFA Champions League and the German Bundesliga with Bayern Munich but surprisingly lost to the duo.
 
"I think I should have won the two of them, because in 1999, Kanu was injured for [almost] the whole year. He scored a hat-trick [against Chelsea] but how many games did he play? Last time, he and I were debating, we were talking about it," Kuffour told Goal
 
“Kanu and I go a long way, we have been very good friends. We were discussing the issue and it turned into laughter. For me, I think I deserved to win in 1999. Even the guy who came third, [Ibrahima] Bakayoko [of Mali] told me I deserved to win it.
 
“In 2001, even for the BBC African Player of the Year, El-Hadji Diouf was not even part of it. It was me, Mohammed Kallon of Sierra Leone and Samuel Eto’o. So why should El-Hadji Diouf win [the Caf award]?
 
“If you become the African Player of the Year, they [Caf] will call you to tell you. You have to choose the venue and date. And I did that: I chose the venue and date. Even today, a lot of people ask about that; they were shocked. How?
 
“You play Africa Cup of Nations in January and you didn’t win the trophy. I won the league, FA Cup, the Champions League, the Inter-continental Cup – I was the [Man of the Match], I was the best defender in the German league, so how? I don’t know. I don’t think about it. We talk about it and we laugh – me and my children.”
 
Kuffour featured 54 times for Ghana with three goals to his credit.

 

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