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“A truly unique event and I have really enjoyed being here.”

Ledley King

“It fills me with pride when I see us coming together to be constructive. I thank BoA for this opportunity.”

Younes Kaboul

“It is humbling to be here and when I think of where I come from and where I am, I know we have a lot of responsibilities and we have to play our part.”

Odion Ighalo

“It is a honour to be a part of BoA and I hope it continues to keep us connected and honouring the work we as players do on and off the field.”

Yannick Bolassie

“It is an honour to be involved in such a prestigious event and to applaud this African influence. The game is greater for it and may it continue for generations to come.”

Lord Herman Ouseley

“The awards have been well thought through and we all hope this will be the launch of what will become a regular and essential feature of “catching people doing things right”.

Rene Carayol

“The Best of Africa Awards provides a unique moment where we reflect on the pivotal role the football fraternity of Africa plays in English football.”

Heather Rabbatts

“The SPTT is proud to be part of Best of Africa and as the very first think tank set up by sports people-for sports people, we see this event as encapsulating everything we believe in.”

Leon Mann

“It’s a joy to attend the BoA Awards and I think it is a very important addition to the calendar for those of us in the game in the UK.”

Chris Hughton

“Helping Africa and people in general is a responsibility we must accept with humility but we can learn how to do our private family projects better if we share our experiences and learn from those who do it better and BoA helps us meet some.”

Sebastien Bassong

“I believe in the BoA Awards and what it represents for the people of Africa. I know it will grow into a big movement.”

Alex Song

“(BoA marks) … the enormous contribution African players past and present have made to English football. It is something that deserves to be celebrated and I would like to congratulate all those receiving an award tonight.”

Hugh Robertson (former Minister for Sports)

“It’s great to meet up once a year with friends and colleagues and celebrate the success of some of our own, plus it’s good to see them dress up and look good for good causes.”

Peter Odemwingie

“BoA is exactly the kind of celebratory forum we need to highlight how important a role football can play in human development.”

Kingsley Pungong

“Polaris Media is proud to once again be involved in the Best of Africa Awards. The Awards are always a wonderful reminder of the speed at which Africa is growing and changing.”

Justin Rigby

“We admire the philanthropic efforts of players of African origin and are delighted that their contribution is recognised through the Best of Africa Awards.”

Liz Ellen

“We owe it to others and ourselves to try to lead by example. We can’t do everything but we can each do a little and BoA encourages that.”

Benoit Assou Ekotto

“Tonight was a real celebration of success and achievement against the odds.”

Isha Johansen

“It was an honour to be asked to attend…I am very much looking forward to next year’s awards and am inspired by the whole event.”

Andre Ayew

“For me, it is vital that where possible footballers become leaders- not only on the pitch but off it too.”

Yaya Toure

“A truly unique event and I have really enjoyed being here.”

Ledley King

“Helping Africa and people in general is a responsibility we must accept with humility but we can learn how to do our private family projects better if we share our experiences and learn from those who do it better and BoA helps us meet some.”

Sebastien Bassong