BBC African Footballer of the Year nominees announced

Yaya Toure, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho have been named as the contenders for this year’s BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice.

You can vote online here.

Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player you wish to vote for to +447786202008.

  • Text 1 for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • Text 2 for Yacine Brahimi
  • Text 3 for Vincent Enyeama
  • Text 4 for Gervinho
  • Text 5 for Yaya Toure

*Please check rates with your service provider. SMS votes are limited to one vote per mobile phone number.

The winner will be announced on Monday, 1 December.

Four of the nominees played at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, where for the first time in the tournament’s history two African sides made it out of the group phase.

Goalkeeper Enyeama played in the last 16 of the tournament with Nigeria, while Brahimi reached the same stage with Algeria.

Enyeama, 32, went into the event off the back of an outstanding campaign for French club Lille – he kept 21 clean sheets for them last season.

In Spain, forward Brahimi’s efforts for Granada led to him being named best African player in the country last term and earning a move to Porto.

Both players carried their excellent club form into the showpiece finals and caught the eye with superb performances – as did Ivory Coast forward Gervinho.

The Roma player has been a revelation in Italy since leaving English Premier League side Arsenal, scoring 10 goals in 39 games for the Serie A side.

He and his compatriot Toure did not make it out of their group in Brazil, but on a personal note both have enjoyed impressive seasons.

Midfielder Toure helped guide Manchester City to their second Premier League title in three years. He also won the Capital One Cup.

Although striker Aubameyang did not play at Brazil 2014 – because Gabon did not qualify – he makes the shortlist for the second year in a row thanks to his club form.

The 25-year-old has settled in his second season with German side Borussia Dortmund and his improvement has been particularly noticeable in the Champions League, where he has already scored three times in the current campaign.

Previous winners of BBC African Footballer of the Year award:

2013 – Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)

2012 – Chris Katongo (Henan Construction & Zambia)

2011 – Andre Ayew (Marseille & Ghana)

2010 – Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)

2009 – Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)

2008 – Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2007 – Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)

2006 – Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)

2005 – Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2004 – Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2003 – Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2002 – El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)

2001 – Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)

2000 – Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon)

Credit: BBC