15th August 2018
Paul Moukila, Congolese 1st Football Winner of CAF Award in 1974
History Revisited (21/10/17)
Paul Moukila helped his country, the Congolese National Football team to win the African Cup of Nations in 1972, the first and only time.
Paul Moukila nicknamed 'Sayal' and born on 6 June 1950 was a Congolese international footballer and winner of the 1974 African Footballer of the Year award, the fifth winner of CAF's coveted award. (Photo: Paul Moukila, only fortunate black player in the line-up then).
Born in Souanké, Moukila began playing football for local side CARA Brazzaville. He played for the club from 1971 to 1975 and then from 1976 to 1978, after returning from a short spell abroad, at French club Strasbourg (1975 - 1976).
In 2006, Paul Moukila, a forward, was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years. Moukila was voted the IFFHS Player of the Century for the Republic of the Congo in 2000.
Paul Moukila's son is also a footballer, playing in the third tier of French football - Championnat National.
Moukila died in Meaux, France from a bout of malaria on 24 May 1992 aged 41.