Top Five: African Community Shield winners

Didier Drogba Chelsea
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Goal remember the continent’s top performers in the English season’s traditional curtain-raiser

  1. Nwankwo Kanu
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    Nwankwo Kanu

    Kanu’s performance in the 1999 Charity Shield saw him score from the spot to level, before setting up Ray Parlour’s winning strike as Arsenal came from behind to defeat Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium.

    Deservedly, the striker was named Man of the Match after an incredible individual showing to help the Gunners reverse Dwight Yorke’s 36th-minute strike in Cardiff.

    After Nicolas Anelka’s departure, the Nigerian needed to start the campaign on a positive note, and he did just that in the season’s curtain-raiser.

    Kanu went on to have his most prolific campaign in English football in 1999/00, scoring 12 league strikes in 31 appearances.

  2. Celestine Babayaro
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    Celestine Babayaro

    The left-back played 90 minutes as Chelsea secured only their second Community Shield success over Manchester United in Cardiff.

    Success for Babayaro’s Blues saw them end the West London side’s 45-year wait for the honour having won their first in 1955.

    Defeat for the Manchester giants was their third successive loss after twin losses to Arsenal in the two preceding years, and Babayaro played in the somewhat unexpected win over the Premier League champions.

  3. Kolo Toure & Lauren
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    Kolo Toure & Lauren

    It is hard to separate both Arsenal defenders given they played vital parts in the Gunners’ Shield victories in 2002 and 2004 over Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.

    While Toure got only five minutes against the Reds, he was already a mainstay in the side that defeated the Red Devils 3-1.

    That Arsene Wenger side had finished the previous Premier League campaign unbeaten and were head and shoulders ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops.

    It is to both players’ credit that they were important elements in arguably the best Arsenal side in history.

  4. Didier Drogba
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    Didier Drogba

    The Chelsea legend starred in two Community Shied wins in 2005 and 2009 but his Man of the Match performance came in the Blues’ success over Arsenal in the mid-2000s.

    Drogba netted a brace over Arsene Wenger’s men, in minutes eight and 58, before his withdrawal on the hour after a devastating showing in the derby.

    Cesc Fabregas netted in the 64th minute to halve the-then champions’ advantage but Jose Mourinho’s team held on for the win.

  5. Yaya Toure
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    Yaya Toure

    The younger Toure brother Yaya was named the best player on the pitch in Manchester City’s 3-2 success over Mikel John Obi’s Chelsea, the defending FA Cup champions at the time.

    Having gone behind to a Fernando Torres opener, a red card for Branislav Ivanovic turned the game in the Citizens’ favour at Villa Park, leading to the fightback from Roberto Mancini’s troops.

    Yaya began the comeback for Man City with a driven low effort beyond Petr Cech in the 53rd minute, followed by goals from Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri in the next 12 minutes which put the side from Manchester 3-1 up.

    Despite Roberto Di Matteo’s team making it 3-2 through Ryan Bertrand’s 80th-minute strike, the Citizens held on for a comfortable victory over the European champions.