Since the last decade, African footballers went extra miles and grew bigger and bigger than ever. Today, Liverpool’s top three most expensive players ever are Africans. Anyway who do you think could make the line-up for Africa’s best XI in last past 10 years? Here is the African’s best XI in the last decade. If you see it differently, please feel free to share your thoughts.
11. Goalkeeper: Idriss Kameni
Idriss Carlos Kameni spent the vast majority of his career in Spain, mainly with Espanyol, as a goalkeeper. Today, the Cameroonian plays for Turkish club Fenerbahçe SK. Kameni represented his country in the World Cup when he was under 20. Idriss is the only goalkeeper who stopped both Messi and Ronaldo.
10 .Right Back: Serge Aurier
Serge Alain Stephane Aurier is an Ivorian right back who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and the Ivory Coast national team. When he was still in Ligue 1, Aurier was twice named in the competition’s Team of the Year.
9. Center Back: Hamad Ndikumana (Katauti)
Hamad Ndikumana, also known as Katauti by the Rwandan fans, was mainly attributed for his excellent tackling. He played for Belgian clubs, RSC Anderlecht, KV Mechelen, and KAA Gent. He moved to APOP Kinyras Peyias FC in Cyprus in 2006. Katauti vice-captained Rwanda in the African Cup of Nations 2004 for the first time in its history.
8. Center Back: Kolo Toure
Kolo Toure Abib got the world’s attention when he was in Arsenal. He moved to Manchester City, Liverpool and currently in Scottish Premiership with Celtic. and the Ivory Coast national team. With his younger, Yaya, they helped Manchester City earn its first league title in 44 years.
7. Left Back: Faouzi Ghoulam
Faouzi Ghoulam is an Algerian who plays as a left back for S.S.C. Napoli in Serie A and the Algerian national team. He is now in the thoughts of Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, who wants him as replacement of injured Benjamin Mendy.
6. Midfield: Michael Essien
Michael Kojo Essien is a physically strong midfielder ability to exert energy in supporting offensive and defensive play. Essien, A.K.A. the Bison, helped Chelsea win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010. The Ghanaian won the Chelsea Goal of the Season award twice.
5. Midfield: Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure, the brother of Kolo Toure, must be the best central midfielder in Africa. The Ivorian Captain became African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
4. Midfield: Jay Jay Okocha
Augustine Azuka “Jay-Jay” Okocha is a former Nigerian footballer widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time. Okocha was a quick and skillful playmaker, known for his confidence, technique, creativity, dribbling skills, and use of feints, particularly the “stepover”.
3. Midfield: Sadio Mane
The third most expensive African footballers, Sadio Mane, earned over 40 caps for Senegal since his debut in 2012. Mané set a Premier League record for the fastest hat-trick, scoring three times in 176 seconds.
2. Forward: Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o Fils is the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. The record holder in the number of appearances by an African player in La Liga scored over 100 goals in five seasons with Barcelona. Eto’o is one of the four players to win the UCL back-to-back in a different team.
1. Forward: Didier Drogba
Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea £24 million, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. Today, he is the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time.