The best African XI currently playing in world football…
fanatix has put together our ‘Ultimate African XI’ currently shining in various leagues around the world…
How do you think we’ve done…?
GK) Kossi Agassa – Togo – Stade Reims
The stopper has been rated by French publication L’Equipe as the third best in the league, and he’s head and shoulders above any current African keeper in the world right now.
RB) Emannuel Eboue – Ivory Coast – Galatasaray
Started all year for Galatasaray as they waltzed the Turkish league last year. Has improved defensively as he’s got older, but still loves bombing up the right flank.
LB) Nicolas N’Koulou – Cameroon – Marseille
N’Koulou was the main reason Marseille finished last season with such an outstanding defensive record. Although predominantly a centre-half, N’Koulou can play at fullback as well, and has been linked with AC Milan and other European giants.
CB) Chirs Samba – Congo – Anzhi Makhachkala
Despite an unhappy six month spell at QPR, Samba is still an absolute beast of a centre-half. The fact Anzhi have now paid £16m and then £12m for him in separate occasions shows this.
CB) Kolo Toure – Ivory Coast – Liverpool
The veteran centre-half still has what it takes to compete at the highest level in the best league in the world. Toure will partner Daniel Agger for the Reds this season, as Brendan Dodgers loves his composure on the ball.
CM) Yaya Toure – Ivory Coast – Manchester City
Possibly the world’s best African footballer right now, Kolo’s younger brother has everything you need from a midfielder. Pace, power, strength and dynamism. A brilliant player.
CM) Michael Essien – Nigeria – Chelsea
Jose Mourinho’s favourite son makes this team ahead of Premier League rival Vincent Wanyama, Chelsea teammate John Obi Mikel and former La Liga opponent Alex Song. When at his destructive best, Essien is still one of the most effective midfielders on the planet.
CM) Kevin Prince Boateng – Ghana – AC Milan
AC Milan’s tattooed Ghanain enforcer plays in this team just ahead of Yaya Toure and Michael Essien. His power, skill and trickery means he has caused havoc in Serie A and the Champions League for the past few seasons.
AMR) Kwadwo Asamoah – Ghana – Juventus
The unsung hero of the Juventus side, the utility man is blisteringly powerful, but has great close control, too. Asamoah has helped La Bianconeri to the Serie A title last year following a big money move from Udinese.
AML) Pierrre Emerick Aubameyang – Gabon – Borussia Dortmund
Aubameyang has started his life in the Bundesliga in amazing form, bagging a hat-trick on his full league debut following his big money summer move from the French league. The striker scored 21 for St. Etienne last term, and looks set to do the same for the Champions League runners-up.
CF) Didier Drogba – Ivory Coast – Galatasaray
It’s a testament to just how good the Chelsea legend is that at 35-year-old years old – he still makes our ‘Ultimate African XI’. One of the best strikers in European football over the past ten years, the giant forward beats Anzhi Makhackala’s Samuel Eto’o to our central striking spot.