Best of Africa 100: Introducing Africa’s greatest Premier League players

Introducing the next batch of the Best of Africa 100; the top hundred Africans to have played in the Premier League

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    Best of Africa 100

    Goal is delighted to present Part Seven of the Best of Africa 100, a celebration of the top hundred African players to have featured in the Premier League.

    The full list was first announced at the BoA awards ceremony on Sunday in London, and Goal will be unveiling the 100 throughout the week.

    Check out Part One of the BoA 100 here.

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    Youssef Chippo

    Another excellent Morocco playmaker to grace the top-flight, Chippo arrived at Coventry alongside international teammate Mustapha Hadji in 1999 and would enjoy four years in English football.

    The Sky Blues were relegated in his second campaign there, but he earned the respect of fans by sticking with them.

    Chippo won two Portuguese titles with FC Porto.
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    Khalilou Fadiga

    Elegant midfielder who was recruited by Sam Allardyce’s Bolton Wanderers from Internazionale.

    Despite being advised to retire after collapsing ahead of a game and being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, the attacker returned to action with the Trotters.

    He was part of the 2002 Senegal squad that reached the World Cup quarter-final and the Africa Cup of Nations final.
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    Celestine Babayaro

    Olympic gold-winning left-back who spent eight years with Chelsea, winning the FA Cup in 2000 and the Uefa Cup two years previously.

    Earlier in his career, the Kaduna-born full-back was a Belgian champion with Anderlecht, and moved to Newcastle United after being displaced by Wayne Bridge.
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    El Hadji Diouf

    One of Senegal’s greatest players, the controversial Diouf was signed by Liverpool ahead of the 2002 World Cup, in which he starred for the Teranga Lions.

    The forward—a two-time Africa Footballer of the Year—never truly hit the heights expected of him at Anfield, although he was a League Cup winner in 2003.

    Diouf subsequently featured for Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers.
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    Frederic Kanoute

    The first player born outside Africa to win Caf’s Footballer of the Year award, Kanoute clinched the honour in 2007 during his peak years with Sevilla.

    The ex-Mali international won two Copa del Reys and two Uefa Cups in Spain, having previously represented Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
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    Mustapha Hadji

    Legendary Morocco midfielder who moved to Coventry City in 1999 after an impressive showing for the Atlas Lions at the ’98 World Cup.

    Hadji offered a goal threat, technical prowess, and dribbling ability, and would move on to Aston Villa after the Sky Blues’ relegation.
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    Nii Lamptey

    A wonderkid who was tipped for the top after emerging from Accra to sign for Anderlecht after being identified by the late Nigeria great Stephen Keshi.

    Lamptey was tipped to become the ‘African Pele’, but after starring at PSV Eindhoven, his career fizzled out at Aston Villa and Coventry City.
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    A Champions League winner with Internazionale under Jose Mourinho, Muntari also clinched two Italian titles with the Nerazzurri.

    The Ghana international later moved to AC Milan, with spells in England—with both Portsmouth and Sunderland—coming either side of his time with Inter.

    He was an FA Cup winner with Portsmouth in 2008.
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    Alex Song

    Cameroon international who improved significantly at Arsenal after arriving from SC Bastia, going on to make 143 league appearances for the Gunners.

    His form in London prompted a move to Barcelona, although Song struggled to truly adapt to life in Catalonia.

    He returned to England on loan with West Ham United, and currently plays in Switzerland for Sion.
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    Andre Ayew

    Dede has had some mixed fortunes in the United Kingdom, having endured relegation with Swansea City after returning to the club from West Ham United following an earlier—successful—spell with the Swans.

    He had earlier excelled at Olympique de Marseille, winning two League Cups, and has twice been a defeated Afcon finalist.