Africans are really doing great in the world of football, and in recent times, a lot of them have caught fame in the global football market. The game of football is a very competitive one. It is a game of survival of the fittest. There are some African footballers who have proven their skills and competence in their football career such that they can no longer be ignored. Here are the current most popular expert football players of Africa:
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12. Ghana’s Sulley Muntari
Suleyman Ali Muntari is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Ittihad FC and the Ghana National team. It is true that Muntari has had a lot of ups and downs in his football career, it has not completely barred him from climbing the ladder of fame, no matter how gradually. He has played for six clubs so far with AC Milan being the most prominent. The 31 year-old Sulley is a proven Serie A player with precious experience, amassing 125 appearances for Udinese and 70 appearances for Inter. Sulley, a full international for Ghana since 2002, has earned over 80 caps for the national team and has been selected for two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and all three of their World Cups.
11. Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama
He is the rare African Goal Keeper with an unswerving brilliance! Vincent Enyeama is an international professional goalkeeper. Vincent started his professional football career back in 2002. He is Nigeria’s National Football Team goal keeper and also plays for the French Lille OSC. In the first 11 matches he played for Lille, Enyeama kept clean sheets – he never let in any goal. According to records, the total number of matches he has kept without letting in goals is 21. One of his wave-making achievements include his ability to stop the two-time world champion, Lionel Messi from scoring in Nigeria’s match against Argentina in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament. Vincent Enyeama is also recorded as the best goal keeper in the major leagues across Europe in the 2013/14 football season. He won the King of the pitch award and Goal Nigeria Player of the Year in 2014.
10. Congo’s Christopher Samba
Christopher Samba plays as a defender for FC Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League. Though Samba was born in France, he plays for the Congo national team. He has played for about ten different clubs since he started his football career in the late 90’s. Despite all the fierce challenges Christopher has faced in his career, especially that of racism, he is still making leaps and bounds in the world of football, both in Africa and the world at large.
9. Mali’s Seydou Keita
Seydou Keita is a Malian professional footballer who plays for Italian club, A.S. Roma. He is a versatile midfielder who can operate as both a central and a defensive midfielder. Seydou played most notably with Lens (five seasons) and Barcelona (four), winning 14 titles with the later. He recently returned to Spain with Valencia after a year in the Chinese Super League.
Keita also participated in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, scoring in the 1–1 quarterfinal draw against the hosts as Mali eventually won the shootout. Previously, he helped the under-20s finish third at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, scoring in the last match against Uruguay – the game’s only – and being named the tournament’s best player. He is one of the most popular African footballers at the moment.
8. Nigeria’s Mikel Obi
Mikel John Obi, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Nigeria national team. Mikel is one of Africa’s footballers that gained quick fame. With just 6 appearances in the Norwegian club, Lyn in 2005, Mikel became a hot cake in the football field. Subsequently, Chelsea bought him over in 2006, and since then, he has been playing for Chelsea.
Mikel made his FIFA World Cup debut during the 2014 tournament in Brazil, earning a man of the match award in the Super Eagles’ opening game against Iran and helping the team to reach the knockout stage for the first time since 1998.
7. Ivory Coast’s Kolo Toure
Kolo Abib Touré (born 19 March 1981) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays for English club Liverpool as a defender. Touré has played for Ivory Coast since 2000. His debut was in April 2000 against Rwanda. He has also played for three of England’s biggest clubs: Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. In the 2011–12 season, Touré was used as a squad player, making 14 league appearances as Manchester City won a league title for the first time in 44 years. He played alongside his younger brother, Yaya Toure, also a member of ManCity FC between 2009 and 2013.