Ottmar Hitzfeld picks Abedi Pele as Africa's All-time best player

Published on: 04 April 2014
Ottmar Hitzfeld picks Abedi Pele as Africa's All-time best player
Abedi Pele

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has no doubts Abedi Ayew Pele is Africa’s all-time best footballer.

Ayew, a three-time African Footballer of the Year, won the UEFA Champions League with Olympique Marseille.

His unique style of play drew comparisons with Brazilian legend Pele.

Hitzfeld a champions league winning coach with German giants Bayern Munich says Abedi Pele without a doubt is the greatest son of Africa.

"There have been so many talents to have emerged from Africa who have contributed to the development of the game but without a doubt Abedi Pele, George Weah and Sammy Kuffour are my top three,” Hitzfeld said.

"They are intelligent players and technically adept who give you various options during games. I think for me they are the best to have come from Africa."

Hitzfeld also won the UEFA Champions League with Borussia Dortmund.


  • Jojo
    says: 5 years ago
    This is an honest assessment. I believe without any doubt that Abedi is the best. Forget about politics, tribalism, and personal preferences. The most technically conscious talent to emerge from this continent is the maestro. I see the same in Dede except that his background doesn't make him as hungry for success as his dad, coupled with the Ghanaian mouths that has killed his ambition. The best is yet to come from dede.
  • great malo
    says: 5 years ago
    I agree 100 percent abedi pele obviously deserve the all time africa best footballer having achieve every thing in the african soil and indeed the most talented soccer player.
  • Kweku Ananse
    says: 5 years ago
    Only an expatriate could make such an unintelligent assessment like this. It's not only soccer played on European soil which counts. Ghana, has been a soccer giant, long before the likes of Abedi Pele, and others, came to the mantle. The legendary Eusebio & Pele once showcased their talents here on the continent. Osei Kuffour - In 1991, he played along Isaac Asare for the U-17 tournament. In 1993, both of them were in Australia for the U-20 tournament. In Senegal '92 African Nations Cup tournament, soccer pundits who know both players can attest who was a better player. Anybody who witnessed the talent of Mohammed Polo, the dribbling magician, will tell you Ghana has no equal in him. When I witnessed some of the so-called professional stars of today with mediocre talents, my heart bleeds.
  • Maapa
    says: 5 years ago
    A lot of us know and have known this all along. He is and was the best in his era. He could have won the world's best footballer if Africa had been considered by FIFA at the the time. This guy was damn good.. I still wish Ghana will have another player his caliber. None yet!
  • sululu
    says: 5 years ago
    Kwaku ananse thank u for ur piece!...I was lucky to witness the later part of mhd polo era there is no words to describe his talent!.....