Top African stars in the English Premier League

Top African stars in the English Premier League

The English Premier League is the most watched league in the world, with an estimated following of over 100 million viewers worldwide and an annual turnover of over £2 billion. The English Premier League, which officially launched on August 15, 1992, remains the leader in terms of player transfer fees, monthly player salaries and bonuses.

In Africa, Super sports was the sole owner of Premier League matches with coverage limited to African shores. There has been a steady flow of African and non-British footballers into the Premier League over the last ten years. The current figure of non-British footballers stands at over 260. Africa currently has over 40 players in the top flight Premier League and a significant number in the lower division of the English League.

John Mikel Obi (Nigeria)
This Chelsea midfielder has become an integral part of the Chelsea first team with notable performances over the past four seasons.

Benoit Assou-Ekoto (Cameroon)
He plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. A left-back of immense talent and experience, he remained a regular in Tottenham’s 2010 Champions League campaign.

Alexander Song (Cameroon)
Alexander Song is a midfielder at Arsenal Football Club under Arsene Wenger. He has improved in terms of goalscoring and work rate over the past two seasons.

Christopher Samba (Congo)
This big Congolese centre-back has been the secret behind Blackburn Rovers’ success over the years. He is very strong in the air and has scored several goals from dead ball situations.

Michael Essien (Ghana)
The Ghanaian captain, who plays as a defensive midfielder for Chelsea, has become a super regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season. He has excellent skills in defense and attack.

Bedjani Mwaruwari (Zimbabwe)
This prolific striker, whose speed and consistency remain his key assets, remains a solid player when given the opportunity to play. He is currently working with Blackburn Rovers.

Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo)
The long-serving Togolese striker has seen his appearances drop significantly under coach Roberto Mancini. However, he proved to be a lethal finisher in front of goal in the Europa League. He plays for title hopefuls Manchester City.

Stephen Pienaar (South Africa)
Steven Pienaar has had to endure an injury-prone season for Everton FC in the English top flight. He is an attacking midfielder with a reputation for scoring crucial goals for the Caramels.

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