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<p > <p ><span ><b >Victor Moses is in the running to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year, an award which has previously been won by three former Blues players.</b ></span ></p > <p >The prize has been awarded on a yearly basis since 1992, when it was known as the BBC 'African Sports Star of the Year', and the first trophy was won by Abedi Pele, whose sons Andre and Jordan Ayew both currently play in the Premier League.</p > <p >Since then, three players who have pulled on the famous blue shirt have been crowned as the continent's finest footballer, although the first of the trio had yet to enjoy his brief but memorable stint in west London when he won the award.</p > <p >In 2000, <b >George Weah</b > moved to Stamford Bridge on loan from AC Milan and immediately marked himself out as a Chelsea cult hero by coming off the bench to net the winner against Spurs on his debut for the club.</p > </p ><p > <p ><img title=" " alt=" " src="http://www.chelseafc.com/content/cfc/en/homepage/news/boilerplate-config/blogs/boilerplate-allincfc/allincfc/african-aces/_jcr_content/main/textimage_4/image.img.jpg/1510607938639.jpg&quot;/ >Scoring the winner against Spurs made Weah an instant favourite at the Bridge</p > <p ><p >He was also a regular during our run to FA Cup glory, which culminated in the Blues triumphing in the last final played at the old Wembley Stadium, and Weah started the 1-0 win against Aston Villa before being replaced in the closing stages by Tore Andre Flo.</p > <p >The Liberian was at the peak of his powers five years earlier, however, when he helped Paris Saint-Germain reach the semi-finals of the Champions League before switching to Serie A with the Rossoneri.</p > </p > </p ><p > <p ><img title=" " alt=" " src="http://www.chelseafc.com/content/cfc/en/homepage/news/boilerplate-config/blogs/boilerplate-allincfc/allincfc/african-aces/_jcr_content/main/textimage_3/image.img.jpg/1510607912422.jpg&quot;/ >Weah receives the Ballon d'Or trophy in 1995</p > <p ><p >He completed a unique treble at the end of the year as he was named Player of the Year in two continents – Africa and Europe – as well as being selected as the best footballer on the planet. He remains the only African player to claim the prestigious FIFA award.</p > <p >Eleven years later, in 2006, <b >Michael Essien</b > had enjoyed a dominant season in the Chelsea midfield which had helped the club secured a second consecutive Premier League title.</p > </p > </p ><p > <p ><img title=" " alt=" " src="http://www.chelseafc.com/content/cfc/en/homepage/news/boilerplate-config/blogs/boilerplate-allincfc/allincfc/african-aces/_jcr_content/main/textimage_2/image.img.jpg/1510608166075.jpg&quot;/ >Essien was a Premier League champion at the end of his first season with the club</p > <p ><p >He had joined the club the previous summer, becoming the most expensive African footballer at the time of his signing from Lyon, and the Bison followed that up in the 2006 World Cup with some dominant performances for Ghana as the Black Stars marked their maiden appearance at the tournament by qualifying from the group stage.</p > </p > </p ><p > <p ><img title=" " alt=" " src="http://www.chelseafc.com/content/cfc/en/homepage/news/boilerplate-config/blogs/boilerplate-allincfc/allincfc/african-aces/_jcr_content/main/textimage_1/image.img.jpg/1510607882710.jpg&quot;/ >Essien with his then Blues team-mate Petr Cech after Ghana's 2-0 win over Czech Republic</p > <p ><p >In a live public vote, he received nearly twice as many votes as his nearest competitors, one of whom was his Chelsea team-mate <b >Didier Drogba</b >.</p > <p >It will shock no one to discover that the Ivorian completes our trio – indeed, the only surprise is that he only won it once.</p > </p > </p ><p > <p ><img title=" " alt=" " src="http://www.chelseafc.com/content/cfc/en/homepage/news/boilerplate-config/blogs/boilerplate-allincfc/allincfc/african-aces/_jcr_content/main/textimage_0/image.img.jpg/1510608012932.jpg&quot;/ >Drogba scored against Napoli during our run to Champions League glory in 2012</p > <p ><p >Despite his talismanic displays in our 2012 Champions League-winning campaign, it was actually in 2009 that Drogba lifted the trophy, at the end of a year in which he had proved once again why he was one of the elite strikers in world football.</p > <p >Across the course of the calendar year he netted 31 times, one of which was the equaliser in the FA Cup final as the Blues came from behind to beat Everton at Wembley.</p > </p > </p ><p > <p ><img title=" " alt=" " src="http://www.chelseafc.com/content/cfc/en/homepage/news/boilerplate-config/blogs/boilerplate-allincfc/allincfc/african-aces/_jcr_content/main/textimage/image.img.jpg/1510608115751.jpg&quot;/ >Drogba netted four FA Cup final goals for Chelsea, including this one against Everton in 2009</p > <p ><p >He wasn't only dominant in club football, either, as six goals were netted in five games to secure Ivory Coast's spot at the following year's World Cup, which was to be played in Africa for the first time.</p > <p >If Moses is to join this illustrious trio he will have to overcome Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and you can show your support by voting for him <code data-tlink="http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41890720&quot; >here</code >.</p > </p > </p >

Victor Moses is in the running to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year, an award which has previously been won by three former Blues players.

The prize has been awarded on a yearly basis since 1992, when it was known as the BBC 'African Sports Star of the Year', and the first trophy was won by Abedi Pele, whose sons Andre and Jordan Ayew both currently play in the Premier League.

Since then, three players who have pulled on the famous blue shirt have been crowned as the continent's finest footballer, although the first of the trio had yet to enjoy his brief but memorable stint in west London when he won the award.

In 2000, George Weah moved to Stamford Bridge on loan from AC Milan and immediately marked himself out as a Chelsea cult hero by coming off the bench to net the...

Victor Moses is in the running to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year, an award which has previously been won by three former Blues players...

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