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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In football's equivalent of Decca passing up on The Beatles Arsene Wegher, who already had his brother in the Arsenal squad, could have signed Toure in 2002, but work permit issues put him off. An oversight that must come back to haunt him each time he see The Blues play. For Toure, in his three years at City, has been magnificent, the epitome of the powerful yet creative box to box midfielder - a successor to Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane. Interestingly it was Pep Guardiola who let the player leave Barcelona for City (which could be even more interesting if the Catalan ends up managing the side). Toure's most memorable game for City, apart from the obvious, could be the game before against Newcastle, where he scored two goals late on setting up that Premiership decider.