Five African Player of the Year facts ahead of 2017 award ceremony in Ghana Thursday:
— Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure holds the record for consecutive victories with four from 2011.
— Cameroon have been the most successful nation with 11 first places, including four for legendary striker Samuel Eto’o.
— Former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien made the top three five consecutive times from 2005 without ever winning.
— Retired Cameroon star Roger Milla was the last Africa-based winner, being attached to Reunion club Saint-Denis when voted number one in 1990.
— Goalkeepers Thomas N’Kono (twice) of Cameroon and Badou Zaki of Morocco topped the poll, but no defender has been chosen Player of the Year.