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Picking an African Tottenham Hotspur/Ajax Dream Team

5:59 PM SGT 29/4/19
Finidi George - Ajax
Who would make an all-time African Dream Team of Spurs and Ajax players?

  • Hans Vonk

    Hans Vonk

    Goalkeeper was a straight shoot-out between Vonk and current Ajax No. 1 Andre Onana. While the latter, in time, may displace Vonk from top spot, we’ve gone for the South African on this occasion. Now 49, the stopper enjoyed two stints with the Amsterdam giants—either side of a two-year spell with Ajax Cape Town—and was a Dutch Cup winner in 2006.

    He was also part of Bafana Bafana squads at two World Cups.

  • Sammy Kuffour

    Sammy Kuffour

    Despite winning six major trophies with Bayern Munich, including the Champions League, Kuffour is best remembered for his agonising desperation when Bayern threw away their lead to Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final.

    A giant of a defender, the Ghana centre-back was a tough-tackling, no nonsense stopper, the last of a dying breed on the continent. He represented Ajax—briefly, on loan—in 2008.

  • Aaron Mokoena of South Africa

    Aaron Mokoena

    One of several high-profile South Africans to have played for the Dutch giants, Mokoena spent time with Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax after originally beginning his career with Jomo Cosmos. He struggled to make an impact with the Dutch giants, but later went on to play in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth.

    The centre-back won 107 caps for South Africa.

  • Sunday Oliseh

    Sunday Oliseh

    We had to find a place for Oliseh in our team, so we’ve dropped him into the backline, where we’re confident this defensive midfielder—who did play as a defender on occasion—would thrive. He moved to Ajax in 1997, just missing their Champions League triumph earlier in the decade, but was part of the 1998 double-winning team.

    He went on to represent Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, and coached the Super Eagles after winning over a half-century of caps for Nigeria.

  • Finidi George

    Finidi

    Lightning quick winger who was a Champions League winner with Ajax in 1995—one of eight major titles the Nigerian won with the Dutch giants. He also starred at the 1994 World Cup for the Super Eagles, having won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier that year.

    The 48-year-old struggled to match his Ajax success during subsequent stints with Real Betis, Mallorca and Ipswich Town.

  • Hakim Ziyech, Ajax

    Hakim Ziyech

    The only player on this list to currently play for either of the two clubs, Ziyech has delivered a series of mesmerising campaigns in the Dutch top flight after moving to Ajax from FC Twente in 2016. In just under three Eredivisie campaigns with Ajax so far, he’s scored 32 goals and contributed a whopping 38 assists.

    The Morocco international has been influential in their run to the UCL semis.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng | Tottenham

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Boateng spent time at Tottenham Hotspur earlier in his career when he was signed from Hertha Berlin on a four-year contract in 2007.

    The midfielder would not stay there for long, though, being frozen out of the squad by three managers due to a perceived lack of work ethic and moving onto Portsmouth. He moved to Barcelona in the January transfer window following a productive spell in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt, but has struggled to make an impact with the Spanish champions.

  • Ajax Amsterdam, Steven Pienaar

    Steven Pienaar

    The only player in this list to have played for both clubs, Spurs signed Pienaar in 2011 ahead of Chelsea, although for one reason or another, the South Africa international failed to show his best form in London and struggled to recreate the quality he’d demonstrated at Everton.

    All too often Pienaar was battling injuries, and a series of anonymous performances didn’t help, before he returned to Merseyside—initially on loan—in January 2012.

    The attacker won a host of honours with Ajax, including two Eredivisie titles.

  • Frederic Kanoute Enterprise Europa League

    Fredi Kanoute

    Kanoute spent two years at Tottenham Hotspur, but enjoyed his greatest years elsewhere. The forward moved to Sevilla in 2005, where he won two consecutive Uefa Cups, a Uefa Super Cup, two Copa del Rey titles, and also collected an African Footballer of the Year award in 2007.

    He sneaks into our list ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor.

  • Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City

    Benni McCarthy

    To date, the only South African player to win the Champions League, McCarthy spent time at FC Porto under Jose Mourinho, having earlier spent two goal-laden years with Ajax. The hitman won the Dutch title and the Dutch Cup in 1998, and after two further titles in Portugal, he moved to England and Blackburn Rovers.

    He was less successful during a flabby end-of-career stint with West Ham United, with fitness problems also costing him a place in South Africa’s 2010 World Cup squad for the tournament on home soil.

  • Nwankwo Kanu - Ajax

    Nwankwo Kanu

    Kanu was one of the first successful Africans to grace the Premier League, and he did it in outstanding fashion with Arsenal.

    The Nigerian striker was in a class of his own, winning the African Footballer of the Year award twice, three FA Cups, and the Premier league twice as a Gunner.

    Earlier in his career, he’d been a Uefa Champions League winner with Ajax, and clinched the Uefa Cup with Inter Milan, all the while impressing with his invention and glorious footwork.

  • Victor Wanyama of Tottenham.

    Honourable Mentions

    Andre Onana, Mbulelo Mabizela, Noussair Mazraoui, Timothee Atouba, Benoit Assou-Ekotto,  Victor Wanyama, Eyong Enoh, Thulani Serero, Bertrand Traore, Daylon Claasen, Mido, Pius Ikedia, Emmanuel Adebayor, Tijani Babangida