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Best of Africa 100: Introducing Africa’s greatest Premier League players

21:03 SAST 2019/10/09
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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 Six 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

    Who would make your Best of Africa 100?

    Send over your suggestions using the hashtags #BoAAwards #BestofAfrica and #BoA

  • Hassan Kachloul of Villa celebrates his goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership game between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road in Leeds

    Hassan Kachloul

    Morocco schemer who amassed over 100 Premier League appearances with Southampton, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    He lit up the Prem with moments of brilliance, before injuries limited his progress.


  • Titi Camara of Liverpool in action.jpg

    Titi Camara

    A prolific frontman with Guinea, Camara moved to Liverpool in 1999 after time in French football with Lens and Olympique de Marseille.

    He moved on to West Ham United after a season, but not before netting the winner away at Arsenal.


  • Hatem Trabelsi of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester City and Reading at the City of Manchester Stadium on February 3, 2007

    Hatem Trabelsi

    Exciting full-back who represented Tunisia at three World Cups and also spent time at Ajax Amsterdam, having come through the ranks at CS Sfaxien in his homeland.

    After five campaigns in the Netherlands, Trabelsi switched to Manchester City, although he had earlier trialled with Arsenal, and had once appeared to be on the brink of a move to North London.


  • Kaba Diawara gets away from Jason Dodd of Southampton during the FA Carling Premiership match between Southampton v West Ham United at the Dell, Southampton

    Kaba Diawara

    Diawara is another Guinean striker who passed through West Ham United, moving to the Hammers on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in 2000 after previous time spent with Blackburn Rovers.

    An earlier spell with Arsenal didn’t quite work out, although Diawara has enjoyed an excellent post-football career as a pundit with Canal+.


  • Aruna Dindane of Portsmouth celebrates scoring the equalising goal for Portsmouth during the Barclays Premier League match between Portsmouth and Sunderland at Fratton Park on February 9, 2010

    Aruna Dindane

    One of many Ivorian products of the ASEC Mimosas academy to enjoy time in England, Dindane spent a brief spell on loan at Portsmouth where he averaged a goal every other game.

    The attacker had previously enjoyed prolific sojourns with Anderlecht and Lens, and represented Les Elephants at two World Cups.


  • Mehdi Nafti of Birmingham City in action during the pre-season friendly match between Walsall and Birmingham City at the Bescote Stadium on July 28,2007 in Walsall, England

    Mehdi Nafti

    Midfield hardman who represented Tunisia at the 2006 World Cup, during which time he was on the books of Birmingham City.

    He moved to the Blues as a replacement for Robbie Savage, and replaced the Welshman emphatically—earning the nickname ‘Nasty Nafty’ as a response to his tenacious midfield play.


  • Arouna Kone

    Arouna Kone

    An FA Cup winner with Wigan Athletic, Kone was a lightning forward who is still active in the game—with Turkish side Sivasspor.

    He shone in Dutch football, but after a move to Sevilla didn’t work out, he switched to the English game.

    Roberto Martinez took him to Everton when he finally called time on his Wigan tenure.


  • Taribo West of Nigeria

    Taribo West

    Legendary Nigeria defender who won Olympic gold with Nigeria in 1996 and was also a Nations Cup finalist in 2000, when the Super Eagles were defeated by Cameroon.

    After winning the French title with Auxerre, he’d represent both Milan clubs before winning over many admirers on loan at Derby County.

  • Radhi Jaidi

    Radhi Jaidi

    Commanding centre-back who adapted well to life in the English game after winning the Tunisian title with domestic champions Esperance.

    He’d go on to enjoy spells with Birmingham City and Southampton, and is still with Saints as their U-23 coach.

  • Habib Beye Michael Owen Liverpool Marseille UEFA Cup 25032004

    Habib Beye

    Cultured right-back who signed for Newcastle United after representing Strasbourg and Olympique de Marseille with aplomb, winning the French Cup with the former.

    He became a cult hero with the Magpies, but was relegated at the end of his second season with the club.

    The defender was also part of Senegal's 2002 World Cup squad.