In a comprehensive list like this, it was inevitable that some celebrated names were going to miss out by the tiniest of margins. A frustratingly common problem I encountered when compiling the list was insufficient evidence for to bring some players style of play and achievements truly into life – a region I particularly struggled with was East Africa. This is where we need your help: we want everything from video footage of these players to trusted accounts of those who saw them play to help us improve the quality of this list. We do intend to lengthen this list and revise it intermittently, so feel free to suggest names of others who missed out or those who should be removed (with reasoning and taking the criteria into account).
Archive for the ‘60 Greatest African Players’ Category
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10. Nwankwo KanuCareer Span: 1991- Nationality: Nigerian International Caps: 87 caps (13 goals) Position: Striker
At the peak of his career, a routine medical in Milan revealed a life-threatening defective heart valve and Kanu was advised never to play football again. After a successful operation, Kanu played only eleven matches in three seasons at Inter. It was a gamble when Arsenal acquired him in 1999, then, but soon enough he showed he was fit enough – and in emphatic fashion.
Tags: Ahmed Hassan, Badou Zaki, Bruce Grobbelaar, Hossam Hassan, Jay-Jay Okocha, Joseph-Antoine Bell, Kalushwa Bwalya, Lakhdar Belloumi, Michael Essien, Seydou Keita
20. Seydou KeitaCareer Span: 1999- Nationality: Malian International Caps: 70 caps (19 goals) Position: Midfielder
In a Barcelona side that is considered one of the greatest teams to have ever graced the game, Seydou Keita has proven to be an able understudy to Xavi and Andres Iniesta or Sergio Busquets.
You want the prized ingredients of dependability, humility and versatility; the qualities of the ultimate squad player? Send for Seydou. “There are many players who, when they lose the confidence of a coach, are offended. They feel that they are the centre of the universe and do not understand that the coach does it for the good of the team,” Pep Guardiola commented earlier this year. “But one of the most wonderful things in these four years is to have met a guy like him.”
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30. Anthony YeboahCareer Span: 1981-2003 Nationality: Ghanaian International Caps: 59 (29 goals) Position: Striker
The fact that Anthony Yeboah is the only player in the history of Match Of The Day to win back-to-back Goal of the Month competitions highlights his penchant for the spectacular. In many ways, it explains why he is a cult hero to Leeds United fans to this day and why he is so memorable when Premiership fans wear the sandals for nostalgia and reminisce about the thick-fogged, obscurity-filled Premiership of the 1990s.