The 5 Greatest African Goalkeepers in Premier League History
Who is the best African goalkeeper in the English Premier League? NaijNaira has ranked the few goalkeepers from the continent of Africa to have stood between the sticks in the EPL.
Not many African goalkeepers get the chance to grace the PL, so for any of them to have been bought by any of the 20 Premier League clubs, then that goalie is good.
But what we seek to find in this post is who the best is or was, in the case of those who have retired.
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Greatest African Goalkeepers in Premier League
5. Carl Ikeme
The Nigerian who spent most of his career in Wolverhampton Wanderers and never signed permanently for another club despite going out on loan to eight different sides across his 15-year career.
He made his name with Wolverhampton Wanderers from where he got the call-up to the Nigerian National team.
He became Nigeria’s No. 1 in 2015 and went on to make 10 caps for the Nigerian Super Eagles.
Despite his long stay at the Molineux, he made just one Premier League appearance for the Midlanders in the 2011-12 season.
4. Richard Kingson
The Ghanaian goalie played for Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and, Blackpool in his four-year stay in English football but made his name, particularly for Blackpool.
He recorded an astonishing 90 caps for the Black Stars, but featuring at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup was the highest point of his game as a professional.
He was also part of the side that finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010.
3. Andre Arendse
The South African began his career in his homeland and later moved on to the Premier League where he had spells with both Fulham and Oxford United and then moved back to his homeland with SuperSport United winning a PSL title.
Arendse was a key player in South Africa’s 1996 Africa Cup of Nations triumph, Andre started the final in Johannesburg as Tunisia were defeated 2-0 by South Africa.
2. Bruce Grobbelaar
Arguably Africa’s greatest ever goalkeeper, the Zimbabwe stopper is a legend for Liverpool, winning a European championship for them in 1984.
In fact, the Reds owed a large portion of that success to Grobbelaar, whose bandy legs in the final shootout victory over AS Roma secured the European crown for the Merseysiders.
Although the stopper was past his peak when the new era of the Premier League began, he still represented his beloved Liverpool in the newly formed league for several seasons before moving on to Southampton.
1. Edouard Mendy
The Senegalese goalie has been outstanding since his move to Premier League club Chelsea from France, winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
He’s become Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper gaining the trust of his manager Thomas Tuchel.
At the International level, he has one AFCON title to his name when his side (Senegal) defeated Egypt in the final of the 2021 AFCON tournament.
He is an excellent goalkeeper and deserves to be number one on this list.
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