Best African XI

Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure & Samuel Eto'o are among the best players from Africa

Ritvik Ramnath
Published 04/12/2013 08:29 by Ritvik Ramnath, read by 11,647 people.

Africa has produced many players who have all been stars in leagues across the world.

Here is a look at the best African footballers.

Goalkeeper: Carlos Kameni | Cameroon

The Malaga goalkeeper is also the 'keeper of the Cameroon national team. He is consistent but has room for improvement. He is quite a talented goalkeeper and, if playing time arrives, he can become great.

Right-back: Emmanuel Eboue | Ivory Coast

The defender enjoyed a great stint at Arsenal and proved himself to be an excellent right-back. Galatasaray, at that time, was changing the face of their club and decided to get Eboue in. He has been a success at the Turkish outfit and can still do better. His astonishing strike against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals showed his attacking instinct too. 

Centre-back: Kolo Toure | Ivory Coast

The Ivorian has had a controversial past but was one of the best in his prime. The former Arsenal and current Manchester City man is a very good centre-back and has shown his quality throughout his career.

Left-back: Adama Tamboura | Mali

Adama Tamboura is a relatively unheard of Malian footballer who plays for Danish club Randers FC. Having won a place in the 2012 African Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament, he has gradually faded into obscurity. However, he is not that old, so there is no doubt he will become a much better player.

Right-wing: Steven Pienaar | South Africa

The Everton man is known for his speed as well as his strength. The South African veteran has plied his trade with many clubs and has a knack for scoring goals, but announced his retirement from international football in October 2012.

Defensive-midfielder: Michael Essien | Ghana

The Chelsea defensive midfielder, who is currently on loan to Real Madrid, is extremely good. His vision and long shots are astounding and you can see flashes of brilliance whenever he plays. Once Essien comes back to Chelsea, it looks like the Blues are in for a treat.

Centre-midfielder: Alex Song | Cameroon

The Cameroonian is blessed, talented and gifted. His technical ability and vision is brilliant and he can become amazing with more playing time. However, after his disaster move to Barcelona, it looks like he won't be getting much playing time in the near future.

Centre-midfielder: Yaya Toure | Ivory Coast

This list would be incomplete without him. His speed, skill on the ball, and knack for goals has helped Manchester City immensely in recent years. Yaya Toure is an all-round gifted midfielder.

Left-wing: Gervinho | Ivory Coast

Despite his sometimes dismal performances, Gervinho adds that extra speed into Arsenal's games. He is inconsistent, but if you catch him on a good day, the opponents have lost. The electrifying Ivorian winger is extremely talented and, if he focuses, he can do great things.

Striker: Didier Drogba | Ivory Coast

Who else but this legend? The enormously strong Galatasaray striker has the ability to score brilliant goals, while his heading ability is simply astonishing. Without him, Chelsea would have been nowhere before he left for Shangai Shenhua. The leader of the Ivorian team still has some fuel in his tank.

Striker: Samuel Eto'o | Cameroon

Samuel Eto'o is, simply put, brilliant. His tantalising performances in the past have been amazing and he is now the highest paid footballer at Anzhi Makhachkala. However, that doesn't make him a bad footballer and the Cameroonian is still capable of running rings around defenders. 

Substitutes: Emmanuel Adebayor, Cheick Tiote, John Obi Mikel, Demba Ba, Papiss Demba Cisse, Seydou Keita, Kwadao Asamoah, Adel Tarrabt, Salomon Kalou, Victor Moses, Seydou Doumbia, Pierrre Emeirick Aubameyang, Younes Belhanda.


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