Top African Stars in the English Premier League
The English Premier League is the most-watched League in the entire world, with an estimated following of over 100 million viewers world-wide and an annual turnover exceeding £2billion. The English Premier League which officially kicked off on the 15th of August 1992 has remained the pace-setters in terms of players transfer fees, players’ monthly wages and bonuses.
In Africa, Super sports were the sole proprietorship owner of Premier League matches with coverage area limited to the shores of Africa. There have been a steady influx of African and non-British footballers into the Premier League over the past ten years. The present figure of non-British footballers stands at over 260. Africa presently 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 Chelsea’s first team with some sterling performance over the past four seasons.
He plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight English Premier League. A left full back of immense talent and experience, he has remain a regular in Tottenham Champions League Campaign in 2010.
Alexandre Song is a midfielder with Arsenal Football Club under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. He has improved in terms of goal-scoring and work-rate over the past two seasons.
This big Congolese center back has been the secret behind Blackburn Rovers success over the years. He is very strong in the air and has scored a couple of goals from dead ball situations.
The Ghanaian captain who plays in the defensive midfield position for Chelsea has become a super-regular in Carlo Ancelloti’s side this season. He has excellent defensive and attacking skills.
This prolific striker whose speed and persistence remains his key asset remains a solid performer whenever he is given the opportunity to play. He presently plies his trade with Blackburn Rovers.
The gangling Togolese striker has seen his appearance under Coach Roberto Mancini dwindle tremendously. He has however proved to be a lethal finisher in front of goal in the Europa League. He plays for title hopefuls- Manchester City.
Steven Pienaar(South Africa)
Steven Pienaar has had to endure an injury prone season in the color of Everton F.C in the English top flight league. He is an attacking midfielder of repute, scoring crucial goals for the Toffees.