Friday, November 21, 2014

Africa all-time 23 member team(excluding Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and North Africa)

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Zaire 1974

I did all-time teams for Algeria, Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria.  The rest of Africa is divided into Northern Africa(including Sudan) and Sub-Saharan Africa.  This is the team for the Sub-African All-time team, excluding Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and the Northern African countries.  If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  

Zaire's poor performance at the WC in 1974 did not leave a good impression for African football.  Since then, it has made progress on the world stage.  AlgeriaMorocco, Cameroon and Nigeria have great WC Finals.  

GK: Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe)
Making 628 appearances for Liverpool in 13 years.  He was considered among the best England-based keepers of his generation. He won the 1984 European Cup, 6 English league titles and 3 FA Cups. Born in South Africa, he was capped by Rhodesia and later Zimbabwe.
Bruce Grobbelaar

GK: Kazadi Mwamba (Zaire/Congo)
He led his country to victory in the 1968 African Cup f Nations.  However, he was probably remembered for Zaire's poor performance at the WC in 1974.

GK: Alain Gouaméné (Ivory Coast)
He played for ASEC Mimosas, Raja Casablanca, FC Toulouse, SCO Angers and FC Lorient. He ws the star at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, where Ivory Coast won.
was the best goalkeeper at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations when the Ivorian’s won the African Cup of Nations. He represented Cote d’Ivoire in seven African Cup of Nations. - See more at:
was the best goalkeeper at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations when the Ivorian’s won the African Cup of Nations. He represented Cote d’Ivoire in seven African Cup of Nations. - See more at:

RB: Emmanuel Eboue (Ivory Coast)
He is best known for his stint with Arsenal between 2005 and 2011. He played in both WC Finals in 2006 and 2010.  Ebonies played for  KSK Beveren, Arsenal and Galatasaray.

CB: Julien Kialunda (Zaire/Congo)
He won the 1968 African Cup f Nations.  However, he was a part of  Zaire's ill-fated team at the WC in 1974. He had a successful stint with Anderlecht.

CB: Henry Konan (Ivory Coast)
He played club football for Stade d'Abidjan during the 1960s and helped the club win the 1966 African Cup of Champions Clubs.

CB: Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)
He is Yaya Toure's brother.  He was a member of Arsenal's undefeated team in 2003-2004.  He later joined Manchester City andLiverpool. Touré is the second-most capped player for the Ivory Coast, with 118 appearances from 2000 to 2015. He represented the team at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals. Touré also represented the Ivory Coast at seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments between 2002 and 2015, helping them finish runner-up in 2006 and 2012, while winning in 2015.

SW:  Bwanga Tshimen (Zaire/Congo)
He was nicknamed "Black Beckenbauer".  He is widely considered one of the best defender from Africa.  He won the 1973 African Footballer of the Year.  He was a part of  Zaire's ill-fated team at the WC in 1974. 

LW: Arthur Boka (Ivory Coast) 
Nicknamed "Africa's Roberto Carlos".  He was a part of the Côte d'Ivoire squads at two FIFA World Cups and five Africa Cups of Nations between 2006 and 2013.   He played for K.S.K. Beveren, RC Strasbourg, VfB Stuttgart, Malaga and FC Sion.

CM: Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
He is probably one of the best African player of his generation.  He went to three World Cup Finals.  Touré had stints with Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, and AS Monaco before moving to Barcelona in 2007. In 2010 Touré moved to Premier League club Manchester City where he helped City earn their first league title in 44 years. He is among the greatest Manchester City players.

Yaya Toure

DM: Chérif Souleymane (Guinea) 
He was African Player of the Year in 1972.  He was a part of Guinea's great team in the 1970's.  He played in the 1968 Olympics. He started his career by playing with SC Neubrandenburg in the second-tier DDR-Liga(East German) for two seasons, from 1962 to 1964.

LW:  Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia)
He is regarded as the greatest Zambian footballer of all time. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 198.  He was Zambia's captain during the ill-fated WCQers in 1994 when most of the team died in a plane crash.  He was not on the flight. He won two back-to-back Eredivisie titles with PSV Eindhoven.


FW: Paul Moukila (Chad)
He was African Player of the Year in 1974.  In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years. Moukila began playing football for local side CARA Brazzaville. He played for the club from 1971 to 1975 and then from 1976 to 1978, after returning from a short spell abroad, at French club Strasbourg (1975–1976).

FW: Paul Bonga Bonga (Congo)
He had a wonderful career with Standard Liege in the 1950's and 1960's.  He was the first African selected by World Soccer magazine as its World Best XI in 1962.

FW:  Jules Bocande (Senegal)
He was capped by Senegal for 73 times between 1979 and 1993.  He played his club footbll in France.  He was the league's top scoree in the 1985-1986 season.

ST:  Laurent Pokou (Ivory Coast)
He was twice the highest goalscorer of the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring six goals in the 1968 tournament in Ethiopia and eight in the 1970 edition in Sudan.  With 14 total goals, he is also the tournament's second highest overall goalscorer.

AM/FW: George Weah (Liberia) 
In terms of individual awards, no African player wins more awards than him.  He was was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or in 1995.  He won African Footballer of the Year: 1989, 1994, 1995.  He was voted African Player of the Century in 1996.  He had great careers with AC Milan where he won two Serie A titles. He also played for Monaco, PSG, Chelsea, etc.

George Weah

AM/ST: El-Hadji Diouf (Senegal)
He made his name after the WC Finals in 2002.  He was BBC African Player of the Year in 2002.  Having started his professional football career in France with Sochaux, Rennes and Lens, Diouf's performances in the 2002 FIFA World Cup for Senegal prompted a move to Premier League side Liverpool later that summer. He has also played in England's top flight for Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers before a stint in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers

ST: Frederic Kanoute  (Mali)
He won two UEFA Cups while playing for Sevilla in Spain.  He was African Player of the Year in 2007.  He was born in France, but represented Mali internationally.  He played in France, England, Spain and China professionally.  He won two UEFA Cup with Sevilla.

ST: Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo)
He is widely considered to be Togo's greatest player. He first made his name in France with Metz and Monaco that led him a transfer to Arsenal in 2006. He later played with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspurs.
Emmanuel Adebayor

ST: Petit Sory (Guinea)
He played for Hafia FC at home, where he won three African Champion Cups.  He was considered to be one of Africa's greatest defender in the 1970's.

ST:  Salif Keita (Mali)
He was voted African Footballer of the Year in 1970.  He found stardom almost everywhere he played.  His best stints were with Saint-Étienne, Marseille, Valencia and Sporting Portugal.  He was selected by the Confederation of African Football as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years.

ST: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) 
He was voted African Footballer of the Year twice; 2006 and 2009.  The best part of his career was spent with Chelsea.  He won the Champions' League for 20011-12. He also finished the top scorer in the Premiership twice. He also played in France, MLS and China. For his country, he led Ivory Coast to the World Cup Finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He was their all-time leading scorer. 

Didier Drogba

Honorable Mention
Papa Camara (Guinea), Kerfalla Bangoura (Guinea), Paul Moukila (Congo), Papa Bouba Diop (Senegal), Japhet N'Doram(Chad), Youssouf Falikou Fofana (Ivory Coast), Laurent Pokou(Ivory Coast), Mahamadou Diarra (Mali), Mohamed Kallon (Sierra Leone), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang(Gabon).

Squad Explanation
-- I mixed the team with modern players and old timers. 
-- I am not familiar with a lot of players mentioned here.

Starting lineup 
Formation: 4-3-3

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