So here we go again. The African Cup Of Nations kicks off this week to the delight of football fans everywhere and the chagrin of a small group of managers who lose key players for a few weeks.
Later this week we’ll asses which clubs are going to suffer the most during the month, but for now it is time to look back and salute some of the great Africans who played in the Premiership.
I have chosen 15 players who in one way or another all made their presence felt in the English league. Some, like Mido, only really shone for one season, others, like Lucas Radebe and Lauren had a huge impact over an extended period of time.
Anyhow here then are the 15. Tell us in the comments who we missed. And roll on South Africa v Cape Verde Islands.
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Tottenham fans have for the past few years been celebrating the skills of Cameroon's - though he was born in France - Benoît Assou-Ekotto, and he is now recognised as one of the very best left backs in the league. It has however been quite a long journey for the player. Although he signed for the club in 2006 it took him three years to win a regular place in the team when Harry Redknapp gave him the nod. Since then Assou-Ekotto has been a regular in the Spurs team and has been one of the side's most consistent players. Personally I think he is one of the few Spurs players that supporters of the other big five teams wish were playing for their club. Even as an Arsenal fan I can also appreciate his commitment to the club and local causes. He has been mentioned many times as a possible replacement for Ashley Cole at Chelsea, but I would be very surprised if he left the Lane, even if his knee injury means his chances this season have been fairly limited.