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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Not too many Malians have made their mark in the Premiership - Liverpool's Mohamed Sissoko is another that springs to mind - and in many ways Kanoute's story is one of unfulfilled promise rather than total success. He had interesting years at both Spurs and West Ham, creating chances and scoring the odd goal for both teams. Spurs fans weren't however too fazed when he signed for Sevilla in 2005. They perhaps should have been for Kanoute became a huge star in Spain where his goal ratio - not too far shy of one per two games - thrust the team into the upper echelons of the Liga while propelling them to two consecutive UEFA Cups. In recognition he was named African Footballer Of the Year in 2007.