Together with some 40 other players, Feyenoord's Bonaventure Kalou has been nominated by the members of the Technical & Media committees of the African Football associations as one of the candidates for the title of best African footballer of 2001. The first three best nominees will be announced in December. The winner will be announced on the occasion of the African Soccer Awards ceremony in South Africa in March/April 2002.

The nominees of this year's best African footballer award are: Algeria: Gemal Belmadi (OM-FRA) Rafik Saifi (Troyes-FRA) Angola: Manuel Pedro "Mantorras" (Benfica-POR), Flavio (Petro Atletico - ANG) Cameroon: Samuel Eto'o (Real Mallorca -SPA), Foé (Lyon-FRA), Lauren (Arsenal - ENG), Mboma (Parma -ITA), Salomon Olembe (Nantes -FRA) Cote D'Ivoire: Aruna Dindane (Anderlecht-BEL), Ibrahima Bakayoko (OM-FRA), BONAVNTURE KALOU (Feyenoord-HOL), Olivier Tebily (Celtic SCO) Egypt: Hany Ramzy (Kaiserslauten-GER), Ahmed Hossam Ajax-HOL), Hossam Hassan (Zamalek-EGY), Ibrahim Saeed (Al Ahly-EGY), El Yamani (Standard Liege-BEL) Ghana: Samuel Kuffour (Bayern Munich-GER), Derrick Boateng (Panathinaikos-GRE), Micheal Essien (Bastia-FRA), Ibrahim Tanko (Freiburg-GER) Guinea: Pablo Thiam (Bayern Munich-GER) Mali: Ismael Koulibaly (Freiburg-GER) Morocco: Naybet Nourridien (D. La Coruna -SPA), Adil Ramzi (PSV-HOL), Mustafa Hadji (Aston Villa-ENG), Abdelilah Fahmi (Lille - FRA) Nigeria: Victor Agali (Schalke 04-GER), Joe Ottaka (Hamburg-GER) Senegal: El Hadj Diouf (Lens-FRA), Fadiga (Auxere-FRA), Ferdinand Coly (Lens-FRA) Sierra Leone: Mohamed Kallon (Inter Milan-ITA) South Africa: Shaun Partlett (Charlton-ENG), Sibusiso Zuma (FC Copenhagen-DEN), Bennett Mnguni (Mamelodi Sundowns and RSA) Tunisia: Zoubaier Baya (Besiktas-TUR), Adel Sellimi (Freiburg-GER), Khaled Badra (Genoa-ITA), Ali Zitouni (Esperance - TUN), Ziad Jaziri (Etoile Sahel - TUN)

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