Africa has always being endowed with great sportsmen. This week we are bringing the spotlight on Africa’s best footballers to ever grace the beautiful game. These men have played their way into stardom and dribbled into the history books, they are individuals who have curved a niche for themselves in the football arena. Men of immense skills, mastery and expertise.
In this assessment we have used the famous 3-4-3 formation
D.O.B 20th July 1956
The Greatest African goalkeeper Africa has ever produced well known for his athleticism and strength . Won African player of the year 1979 and 1982. It was his amazing skill set that inspired Gianluigi Buffon to change his field position from striker to goalkeeping!!
D.O.B 12 April 1969
NATIONALITY South Africa
“The Chief” was a lanky, flamboyant central midfielder who switched to central defence with ease, snuffing out any opposition threat with exquisite, acrobatic scissor kicks and diving headers, and man-marking the most lethal strikers into silence
D.O.B 19 March 1981
NATIONALITY: Ivory Coast
Joining Arsenal in 2003 he went on to form the backbone of the infamous 03-04 invisible team that went a whole season undefeated. He is one of the eight players who have won the Premier League with two different clubs, having won it with Manchester City and Arsenal. His honors also include the Scottish Premier League with Celtic
SAMUEL OSEI KUFFOR
D.O.B 3rd September 1976
Voted as one of the top 3 African players of all time,. Kuffor was known for his great power and tactical awareness as well as a physical presence and nous to unsettle the strongest of attacking players. Kuffour is also the youngest defender of all-time to score in the UEFA Champions League: 18 years, 61 days during the FC Bayern München 2-2 FC Spartak Moscow, on 2nd November,1994. Kuffour has made over 60 UEFA Champions League appearances; the most by any African Player ever. His honors include African Footballer of the Year Runner-up 1999, 2001 ,Ballon d’Or Nomination 2001, Fifa All-Star defender ,BBC African Footballer of the Year – Winner 2001 ,Ghana Footballer of the Year – Winner 1998,1999,2001
ABEDI “PELE” AYEW
D.O.B 5th November 1964
Regarded as on of the greatest African players of all time, He won the African Player of the Year award for three consecutive times 1991,1992,1993. He put his greatest of performances for Marseille, where he won the 1993 Champions League.
D.O.B 13th May 1983
NATIONALITY: Ivory Coast
Graced with a lethal right-foot , Yaya is the greatest box to box midfielder in the premier league. He won the African footballer of the year 2011, 2012, 2013 2014. He helped Manchester City win their first Premier League title in 44 years, he was also part of the great Barcelona team that won 6 trophies in one Calender year.
D.O.B 16th August 1963
African Footballer of the year 1988, was nominated for the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year where he was voted the 12th-best player in the world, the first to be nominated after playing the entire year for a non-European club.
JAY JAY OKOCHA
D.O.B 14th August 1973
So good they named him twice. Nigeria’s Ronaldinho, he didnt score a lot of goals but he electrified the premier league with his scintillating skills, he was the epitome of the beautiful game as he exuded confidence, technique, creativity and dribbling skills . He has been termed as the greatest Nigerian player of his generation
D.O.B 20th May 1952
NATIONALITY : Cameroon
In Milla’s case age is indeed nothing but a number as his career took of in his latter years, he scored 4 goals at FIFA 1990 World Cup at the age of 38, four years later he scored against Russia at the age of 42 in the 1994 World Cup. Africa Footballer of the Year 1976 and 1990. FIFA World cup bronze boot in 1990. He is also remembered for his trademark goal celebration of running to the corner flag and performing a dance. In the years that have followed, he has been recognised as a pioneer of the many unconventional and imaginative goal celebrations seen since then. He was named one of the 125 greatest living football players in 2004 by Brazilian football player Pelé In 2007, he was named by the Confederation of African Football as the best African player of the previous 50 years.
D.O.B 10th March 1981
Most decorated African player of all time having won the African player of the year four times in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. FIFA player of the year in 2005. He scored over 100 goals in five seasons with Barcelona. Eto’o is also the all time leading scorer in the history of Africa Cup of Nations with 18 goals. he is also the Globe Soccer player career award in 2016. He is the second player in history to score in two UEFA Champions Leaguefinals and the fourth player, after Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa and Gerard Piqué, to have won the trophy two years in a row with different teams.
D.O.B 1st October 1966
The only African to win the prestigious Ballon D’or in 1995 , he was also named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century. Known for his acceleration, speed, and dribbling ability, in addition to his goalscoring and finishing, Weah was described by FIFA as “the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today”. As of January 2018 he is the president of Liberia
Didier Drogba- Ivory Coast
El Hadji Diouf- Senegal
Kanu Nwankwo- Nigeria
Michael Essien- Ghana