Thursday, August 29, 2019
The first ever African player to win the African Footballer of the Year in 1970, Salif Keita was born on December 12, 1946 in Bamako, Mali.
- Keita started his career playing as a striker for the local club Stade Malien. Aged 16, Keita debuted for the Mali’s national team in 1963. Then, he moved to the French Saint-Etienne in 1967 and won three league titles in a row.
- In 1970/1971 season, he scored a record 42 goals for his French team.
- In 1972, he moved to the Spanish club Valencia CF and was named by the Spanish football fans as the Black Pearl.
- Three years later, Keita moved to the Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, before he retired football in 1980, playing for the American club New England Tea Men.
- In 2005, he was elected president of Malian Football Federation for a four-year term.
- In 2006, the CAF picked him as one of the best 200 African footballers in the past 50 years.