One-club men are an increasing rarity in modern football, where fewer and fewer players breakthrough with their boyhood club and then remain with the same team for their entire career.
Mark Noble, who's set to play his final game for West Ham United on Sunday, is the latest player to call time on his career after playing for just one professional club on a permanent basis.
He follows in the footsteps of Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ledley King to begin and end his career with the same team.
In African football, it’s even more of a rarity, with the best players being drawn away from the continent to try their hand in the European game.
Here are five players who remained true to their first employers, and can be considered among the continent’s finest one-club men.