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.

    BoA 100 Part Two

    BoA 100 Part Three

    BoA 100 Part Four

    BoA 100 Part Five

    BoA 100 Part Six

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    Who would make your Best of Africa 100?

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    Papa Bouba Diop

    Nicknamed ‘The Wardrobe’ for his towering presence in the heart of Fulham’s midfield, Diop was also a member of the Senegal squad that defeated reigning World Cup champions France en route to the quarter-finals in 2002.

    After leaving the Cottagers, he’d go on to represent Portsmouth, with whom he’d win the FA Cup. He also represented West Ham United and Birmingham City.
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    Marc-Vivien Foe

    The outstanding Cameroon midfielder tragically passed away, suddenly, while on international duty with the Indomitable Lions during the 2003 Confederations Cup.

    Foe, who was once linked with a move to Manchester United, represented West Ham United for a season, before moving to Manchester City on loan.
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    Joseph Yobo

    Africa Cup of Nations-winning captain during Nigeria’s fine campaign in South Africa, Yobo enjoyed a decade at Everton, and would later go on to represent Norwich City briefly.

    He amassed 101 Super Eagles caps during a superb career, while he also clinched the Turkish title with Fenerbahce in 2011.
  5. Aliou Cisse

    Currently Senegal’s head coach, Cisse oversaw the Teranga Lions’ run to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final earlier this year.

    During his playing career, he was a versatile defensive combatant for the national side, as well as over four seasons with Birmingham City and Portsmouth.
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    Asamoah Gyan

    Currently playing with NorthEast United in the Indian top-flight, Gyan played in the Premier League briefly with Sunderland after becoming the club’s record signing in 2010.

    He soon departed the North East for the United Arab Emirates but ensured his place in history due to his exploits with the Black Stars, for whom he is the all-time top scorer.
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    Salif Diao

    Elegant, powerful defensive midfielder who scored a delicious goal during Senegal’s run to the World Cup quarter-final in 2002. In that same year, Diao moved to Liverpool, but things didn’t entirely go to plan on Merseyside.

    The six-footer finally did make his mark in English football with Stoke City, having also spent time on loan with Birmingham City and Portsmouth.
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    Didier Zokora

    Zokora enjoyed three years with Tottenham Hotspur, memorably winning the League Cup—the club’s last honour to date—before moving on to Sevilla.

    The midfielder is the Ivory Coast’s most capped player of all time and also won silverware in Spain and Belgium.
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    Patrick M'Boma

    Powerful frontman who won back-to-back Afcons with Cameroon in 2000 and 2002, and also won gold at the Olympics with the national side.

    His stay in England was brief—a loan move to Sunderland—but he was named African Footballer of the Year in 2000.
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    Abdoulaye Meite

    Another member of the Ivorian Golden Generation, Meite was a strong centre-back who was a natural fit in the English game after moving to Bolton Wanderers from Olympique de Marseille in 2000.

    He’d go on to feature for West Bromwich Albion after things turned sour with the Trotters, and was part of the Elephants squad that qualified for the 2006 World Cup—the nation’s first.
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    "Feed The Yak and he will score,” sang fans of Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City during the Nigeria international’s nine consecutive years in English football.

    The West African is one of the most effective finishers the Premier League has seen and is currently the division’s 30th all-time top scorer.