African football is fantastic. But does it get the recognition it deserves on the World stage? African football means great players, great spirit and above all, great fans!
Here’s my list, perhaps not definitive, but I think it’s a fair one! Feel free to add yours…
One of City’s key players, Yaya Toure’s absence for the African Cup of Nations coincided with City’s poorest run of the season. Champions League winner with Barcelona.
although repeated speculation suggests that his days are numbered at Chelsea, Drogba is arguably the most successful African import to England ever.
Michael Essien another Chelsea player nearing the end of the road at Stamford Bridge but the driving force behind their most successful era.
Demba Ba arguably the most in-form striker in the Premier League, Ba has picked up where he left off last season with West Ham. Will hope to develop a partnership at domestic level with his international team mate Papiss Demba Cisse.
Emmanuel Adebayor: a mercurial forward who fell out of love with the supporters at both Arsenal and Manchester City but has proved a fundamental part of Tottenham’s Premier League challenge this season.
Christopher Samba: despite his recent display of unprofessionalism, Samba is one of the most imposing defenders in the Premier League. He is certain to join a big club in the summer.
Alex Song one of the few unqualified successes in Arsene Wenger’s recent transfer policy, Song is young enough at 24 to become one of the top midfielders in Europe over the next few seasons.
Adel Taarabt: despite a rather indifferent first season back in the Premier League with QPR, Taarabt still displays touches of genius and his form has picked up under new manager Mark Hughes.
Gervinho yet to hit full stride with Arsenal, Gervinho is a genuine class act who helped Lille win the French double last season.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni the Yak’s goals for Blackburn may yet keep them in the Premier LEague. Often a frustrating figure towards the end of his time at Everton, he has an impressive career strike rate of 155 goals in 366 games.