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The Top Five African Players in the Premier League

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The growth of football on the African continent over the last few decades has certainly enabled more and more star players from Africa to set foot on international fields. Names like Drogba and Eto’o have definitely become global household names; and not forgetting, Peter Ndlovu who was the 1992 Zimbabwean pioneer who got the ball rolling and paved the way for those who followed after him. As international football clubs expand their feelers and recruit more African players, the presence of African stars and their impact on Premier League success is quite evident.

With six major honours already won – five of which he boasts in a Manchester City shirt – Côte d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure is proving worth every penny spent on his recruit into the League in 2010. With just over 220 appearances, Yaya is an extraordinary midfielder with perfect frame. A four-time African Footballer of the Year winner, and twice named BBC African Footballer of the Year, Toure not only holds one of the top spots of African players in the English League, but will go down as one of the greats in the Premier League era.

For Victor Wanyama, the seat at the top is even sweeter. As the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League, the defensive midfielder has enjoyed the taste of victory in 123 appearances for Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, scoring a total of 8 goals in 64 wins. Following his fellow professional, Sadio Mane has held his track record as a strong attacker from Southampton to Liverpool. The Senegalese forward was named Liverpool’s Player of the Year for 2017 by his colleagues and the fans.

Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez has justly been recognised for his contribution to the English game and his achievements as a star Leicester City wing.  With numerous accolades under his belt, including a Premier League Honour and 2016 Leicester Player of the Year award, Mahrez rightly deserves to be named among the top African players who are making the football dream.

Another Senegalese favourite making waves in the League is West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouyate. His solid presence in midfield and defence has given him three successful seasons so far, with a total of 14 goals in his 212 appearances. An added bonus (some would say), is Betway Sports’ noteworthy partnership with these Premier League giants, which assists in the growth of football across borders, especially where African football exchange programmes are concerned.

The Betway Group is a leading online sports betting company which offers a wide selection of events and other gaming activities for sports enthusiasts to enjoy anywhere, anytime on their desktop or mobile device. Their significant sponsorship deals with various African football clubs have opened up doors for many African star players in the Premier League, especially. These sponsorships have provided better recruitment and exchange possibilities, better training and coaching facilities and other generous contributions towards the growth and development of football on the continent.

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