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FA Cup final: Picking a Dream Team of Africa's greatest winners

5:00 PM GMT 12/05/2021
Harry Redknapp, Nwankwo Kanu, John Utaka, David James, Sol Campbell and Sulley Muntari of Portsmouth
Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final, Goal pick an African Dream Team to have won football's oldest club competition

  • Bruce Grobbelaar

    Bruce Grobbelaar

    Africa has not produced many goalkeepers who have had as much success around the world as Grobbelaar.

    The Zimbabwe keeper was very successful during his time at Liverpool, and in a career that spanned over 600 games, he won six league titles, three FA Cup winner’s medals and a European Cup.

    He will cherish his 1989 FA Cup medal in particular, as a tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who were killed in the Hillsborough disaster earlier that season. 

  • Lauren

    Lauren

    Lauren was an outstanding defender and a crucial member of Arsenal’s Invincibles team that went the entire 2003/04 season unbeaten.

    The Cameroonian was often referred to as the Gunners’ unsung hero during his time at the club, and walked away with a Premier League double, three FA Cup medals, and two Community Shield trophies.

    He also enoyed a superb international career with the Indomitable Lions. 

  • Kolo Toure, Arsenal

    Kolo Toure

    Toure was a defensive stalwart in England for more than a decade, winning trophies with Arsenal and Manchester City.

    He won the FA Cup three times, two with the Gunners and one at City, and enjoyed great success in North London as a member of the 2004 Invincibles squad. 

  • Michael Essien West Ham v Chelsea Premier League 11092010

    Michael Essien

    Essien became an African legend at Chelsea, enjoying the kind of status in England that few of the continent's stars could match.

    The no-nonsense, tough-tackling utility man was a crucial part of Chelsea’s reign in the 2000s and helped redefine the holding midfield position after Claude Makelele left Chelsea.

    He will always be remembered for his commitment to the game, and makes our African FA Cup XI in the centre of the defence.

    The Ghanaian won nine trophies during his time in England: four FA Cups, a Champions League title, two Premier League trophies, a Community Shield and a League Cup.

  • Celestine Babayaro Chelsea

    Celestine Babayaro

    An FA Cup winner with Chelsea in 2000, Babayaro enjoyed a particularly successful time with the Blues after signing from Anderlecht in 1995.

    He clinched honours both domestically and in the continent with the Pensioners before moving on to Newcastle United.

  • John Obi Mikel and Diego Costa

    John Obi Mikel

    After a lengthy transfer debacle, Mikel joined Chelsea in a £16 million deal back in June 2006.

    The Nigeria midfielder was a fixture in the Blues side for more than a decade and enjoyed a highly successful time at the London club.

    Mikel won 11 trophies with the Blues, making him one of the most successful Africans to play in the Premier League.

    Four of those trophies were FA Cups, and he certainly helped Chelsea become the force they are today. 

  • Yaya Toure Hull City Manchester City

    Yaya Toure

    The former Manchester City powerhouse will, without a doubt, go down as one of the most successful African players to ever grace the beautiful game.

    The Ivorian has had a trophy-laden career, and kicked off his haul in England with the FA Cup trophy in the 2010/11 campaign, scoring the winner in the final against Stoke City.

    He ended his tenure at City with a third Premier League winner's medal, and will always be remembered as a legend at Eastlands.

  • Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2019-20

    Riyad Mahrez

    Following his exploits in Leicester City's miracle title triumph of 2016, Mahrez made little secret of his desire to leave the King Power Stadium in order to secure major silverware at a European heavyweight.

    He achieved that immediately with Manchester City, where a 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford was the highlight of a trophy-laden year.

    The Algeria international, who was replaced by Kevin De Bruyne 10 minutes into the second half of that showpiece, would go on to win the Africa Cup of Nations with Les Fennecs several months later.

  • Nwankwo Kanu - FA CUp Portsmouth 2008

    Nwankwo Kanu

    The Nigerian certainly made his mark on the FA Cup, scoring and assisting in crucial games for both Arsenal and Portsmouth.

    In the Nigerian’s debut season for the Gunners, he provided an assist for the match-winning goal against Sheffield United in the competition, and although controversy overshadowed that glittering showing, Kanu had already declared his intent on becoming a revered striker at Arsenal.

    He won the trophy three times, and was also voted as African Player of the Year on two occasions, with his unexpected cup triumph with Pompey among the finest moments in his career. 

  • George Weah

    George Weah

    Weah is an all-time great of African football, and his short time in England was also full of success.

    The Liberia president, who is Africa's only Ballon d'Or winner, started and played in the 2000 final, the last FA Cup decider to be played at the old Wembley Stadium.

    Roberto Di Matteo scored to give Chelsea their third FA Cup trophy.

  • Manchester United Chelsea FA Cup 2007 Didier Drogba

    Didier Drogba

    If ever there was a player who dominated in the FA Cup, it was Drogba.

    The Ivorian has four FA Cup winner’s medals to his name, and demonstrated his exceptional quality by scoring important goals in all four finals.

    His first medal came in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United after scoring in the dying stages of extra time; the second followed against Everton; third against Portsmouth; and he sealed a record fourth FA Cup in six years by scoring against Liverpool in 2012.

    He became the only player to score in four consecutive Cup final appearances.