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Michael Essien named in Top 10 current African Footballers

Published on: 28 July 2014
Mohammed Salah


Mohamed Salah became the latest addition to the ambitious Chelsea line up in last season’s winter transfer window. The Egyptian winger had an exceptional season for Swiss side Basel before joining Chelsea and was voted the best player in the Swiss super league in 2013. The 22 year old has also had a phenomenal start to his international career, scoring 17 goals in just 29 appearances for the Egyptian national team.


Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang joined Dortmund in July 2013 and has made an immediate impact, scoring 13 goals. His pace and quick dribbling technique has made him quickly adapt to Dortmund’s counter attacking style of football. The 25 year old is also key to his nation’s hopes and has scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for the Gabon national team.


Emmanuel Adebayor

The Togolese footballer has played for several top clubs in his career including the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, Monaco, Manchester City and Tottenham. Adebayor is known for his towering presence in front of the goal and is a major areal threat to the opposition teams. He is currently the all time top scorer of the Togo national team with 29 goals.


Michael Essien

Essien achieved worldwide recognition during his long career for premier league giant Chelsea. He is known for his energetic runs in the midfield and his tough tackling techniques have earned him the nickname “The Bison”. Essien can also play as a conventional right back. The Ghanaian international has also been a vital figure in the national team and has represented them in three Africa cup of nations and two world cups.


Alex Song

Alex song’s potential was recognised by Arsene Wenger at a very young age and the Cameroon international went on to play six successful seasons for the gunners. Strangely, song has not been able to successfully implement his physically imposing style of play for his new club Barcelona. Song has represented his national side Cameroon in the world cup and also the Africa cup of nations.


Mikel Obi

John Obi Mikel has been an established midfielder for Chelsea since 2006. The Nigerian has been a key figure for the Blues for a major part of the Roman Abramovich era. He has been equally effective for his national team Nigeria, winning the African cup of Nations in the year 2013. Mikel also won the champions league with his club Chelsea and became one of the few African players to win Europe’s elite club competition.



Gervinho’s heroics with AS Roma last season has made him a frontrunner to claim the African Footballer of the year award. The Ivoirian’s pace, dribbling and technique was not utilised properly by Arsene Wenger, as Gervinho’s arsenal career amounted to just little more than 2700 minutes. But his reunion with Garcia, his former manager at Lille has helped him rediscover his true self. Gervinho has represented his nation at the Olympics and also the Africa cup of nations.


Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure is currently one among the best midfielders in the world. He has been the backbone of Manchester City’s defense ever since his transfer from Barcelona in 2010. Known for his ability to combine clear passing skills, technique and physical power on the field, Toure is also a specialist in taking free kicks. Toure has been a part of the Ivory coast national team for a long time, representing them in the world cup.


Samuel Eto'o

Several football pundits would argue that Eto’o is the greatest African player of all time. Such has been the impact of Eto’o, whose tenacity and skill have made him one of the finest strikers of this generation. With three champions league titles with two different clubs and several league titles, Eto’o is easily the most decorated African footballer of all time. He was also a part of the Cameroon national team which won the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games.


Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba might no longer be the same player who terrorised the opposition defenders in the premier league but the Ivorian has been the best African footballer for more than a decade now. Drogba is the all time top scorer for his national team Cote d’Ivoire. His personality and appetite for goals during his time at Chelsea, where he won the 2012 champions league, has made him a true footballing icon.

Do you agree this the best 10 African footballers currently or somebody has been overlooked? Let's have your thoughts in the comment box below:


This article has 27 comment(s), give your comment
  • okowurah francis says:
    July 29, 2014 08:43 am
    I think you are not an espect in this.because your heading is about current best footballer from africa.From what you done it looks as if you trying to rate greatest players from africa.That one too is still not corect.among the players you listed,its only yaya,gyervino,sala,who are to be but even that yaya should the numba one. To me this are the current players. Yaya,gervio,ba,kwadzo asamoah,gyan,enyinba,sala,mikel,sule muntary. Someon wll say l am ghanian thus why.But its a tru fact loking at what hapend in the wc. If you talk of greatest players of all tim the: eto wea abede drogba okokya tony yeboa mila sami kufor yakini essien.
    July 28, 2014 07:01 am
    Asamoah Gyan is left out of the yet..Hes been the top scorer in the UAE League with club Al Ain..He is also the leading African scorer in the Worldcup..
    July 28, 2014 07:04 am
    Where is ASAMOAH GYAN,African leading scorer at the worldcup...Leading scorer with Al Ain in the UAE league..
  • Big one says:
    July 28, 2014 07:09 am
    i dnt know what scale of measuremnt u used but sulle muntari and K Asamoah r supose to b in the list not M Salah
  • Sterlingz says:
    July 28, 2014 07:11 am
    Tweaaaaaaa.....what a joke!
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  • kingsford says:
    July 28, 2014 08:24 am
    current African top players essien drogba etoo adebayor must be excluded
  • Ghanaman says:
    July 28, 2014 08:26 am
    Put together by some idiot who does not follow African football very closely and mainly watching English football and the Champions league.
  • Mumbi says:
    July 28, 2014 08:29 am
    Zambia are favourites to win Afcon 2015. Non of those listed players will ever win afcon (except Mikel ).
  • FF says:
    July 28, 2014 09:27 am
    Current top 10 african footballers from 1- 10 are: 1. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. 2. Yaya Toure. 3. Gervais yao kouassi. 4. Kwadwo Asamoah. 5. Andre Dede Ayew. 6. Vincent Enyeama. 7. Medhi Benatia. 8. Emmanuel Emunike. 9. Sofiane Fighouli. 10. Asamoah Gyan
  • Big Boss says:
    July 28, 2014 09:31 am
    @Mumbi, I wonder why people who were born premature like you still comment here! Because, if after getting 3 free points and goals, Zambia couldn't still qualify for the World Cup, I can hardly fathom why you will be dreaming of winning AFCON 2015 when you are not even assured of qualification?
  • samedge says:
    July 28, 2014 09:48 am
    @ Big Boss my bro, u see why i insult dat animal called mumbi all the tym. I just hate him all bcos he lacks common sense. i've never seen dat animal making sense at this site.
  • prince kessy says:
    July 28, 2014 10:58 am
    Micheal Essien is not suppose to be in this list
  • A concerned citizen says:
    July 28, 2014 10:58 am
    Asamoah Gyan should have been included at least to replace Song
  • Jose Harga terungwa says:
    July 28, 2014 11:37 am
    I don't know the basis which you used to got the names or I should have said you are bias.
  • Jose Harga terungwa says:
    July 28, 2014 11:46 am
    I don't know the basis which you used to get the names or I should have admit you are bias. Essien, Drogba, Salah and Adebayo as much as I know are not qualify to be our top 10 african footballers
  • Anokwale says:
    July 28, 2014 11:52 am
    They are just throwing up the old standbys. It is time for a new era.
  • Mumbi says:
    July 28, 2014 12:20 pm
    Big fool & Samedge ape, the current ghana squad are disorganized and can not match some players who has tested the trophy. If Zambia won 2012 Afcon, what can stop them doing the same in Morocco?
  • selfmade says:
    July 28, 2014 01:00 pm
    Ghana LL win the afcon in morocco! Mark it!
  • samedge says:
    July 28, 2014 01:03 pm
    @ Mumbi u call ur step dad a fool? ur whore wil weep wen she hear dis. kwasia 2nite i will punish ur mum
  • Kofi says:
    July 28, 2014 07:01 pm
    @ selfmade ..Ghana won't find it easy in the group phase as they Hv to face Guinea n Uganda.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    July 28, 2014 07:29 pm
    @ selfmade. That's a huge prediction Sir, considering the tactical bankruptcy of our current coach. Also, AA is not going to call any new face,the Inkoom, Adoma, Rabius, Opare , John boye tc will show up at afcon. While the Rashid sumaila, Schlupp, Richmond, Accam etc will be rioting in their various teams after a good season. Please watch these 8 players for this season and let me know later on which 5 deserved to be in the BS. On the Africa top 10, I think its a very weak top 10. I don't think the person who put this together based it on performance though. Since few of these players perform last season for their teams and their world cup performce being horrible. Yaya Toure was a stand out for last season, what the nine players do though?.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    July 28, 2014 07:45 pm
    Correction: Yaya Toure was a stand out for man city last season, but the don't really know what the nine players did though? since most of them were warming their teams bench.
  • Festus Azaglo says:
    August 18, 2014 03:08 pm
    i think Asamoah Gyan should be part of the list, he is currently Africa's leading scorer in the world cup.
  • Vondee Micheal says:
    August 30, 2014 10:48 am
    Is it top ten(10) African old players or what? To me is totally wrong. Tweaaa!!!
  • Vondee Micheal says:
    August 30, 2014 10:50 am
    Gyan is the best currently.
  • Chloroquine says:
    November 30, 2014 07:13 am
    This list is incomplete without Gervhino and K. Asamoah. and please you guys should stop swearing and talk positive. that is the spirit of AFRICA LOVE