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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Yeboah had been top Bundesliga scorer twice with Eintracht Frankfurt, in 1993 and 1994, when Leeds came knocking. The club signed the Ghanian on loan in 2005 and so began a short, but incendiary Premiership career. In his first season he managed to score 12 times in just 18 appearances. His goal getting prowess and in particular his ability to score memorable goals lead to him win Leeds' player of the season in 1996 - the first non-Briton to win the award. As for his best goal, well take your pick. Strikes against Liverpool and Wimbledon are arguably two of the best goals ever scored in the Premiership's ten year history. There were tears when he signed for German club Hamburg in 1997. Although long gone he is still revered in Yorkshire and was arguably the first world class African player to play in England.