The African Cup of Nations is back and fans can look forward to what generally is a pretty good tournament. From fans shaking their maracas, blowing vuvuzelas and showing Premier League fans how to have a good time at a match, there should be a few games to look forward to this month.
There’s been some unreal players to play at the AFCON tournament and here is the Premier League’s all-time XI in a modern 3-5-2.
GK: Richard Kingson (Ghana)
Part of Blackpool's woeful attempt at being in the Premier League. Still, a hero in his home nation. Source: Zimbio
CB: Lucas Radebe (South Africa)
Back when Leeds were decent, this man was one of the reasons why! Source: Goal
CB: Kolo Toure [C] (Ivory Coast)
One of the Premier League's best ever defenders. World-class. Source: LeBuzz
CB: Rigobert Song (Cameroon)
Who would want this man marking them? Frightening. Africa's Gandalf, almost. Source: TheSportsMash
RM: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Leicester won't have a player of this quality again for a long time! An easy choice for the wings here. Source: ParisMatch
CM: Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria)
In the team for his skills and amazing goal celebration alone. Quality. Source: PremierLeague
CDM: Momo Sissoko (Mali)
When he wasn't spooning shots into the stands, he was a ruthless defensive mid. Source: SportsPlayer90
CM: Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
Fairly lazy, but Africa's best ever technician(?) Source: FromTheStands
LM: Sadio Mane (Senegal)
An obvious addition: Africa's Messi. Liverpool fans will pray he comes home in good condition! Source: ThisIsAnfield
ST: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
Not many fans like to admit, but Drogba is one of the Premier League's best ever strikers. Menace. Source: Fusion
ST: Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
Unstoppable in his prime. Source: AnswersAfrica
An excellent side, but with no doubt there is some honourable mentions required: Lauren, Michael Essien, Joseph Yobo, Kanu and George Weah – all great but didn’t make the cut this time.
Regardless, it’s unreal how many good African players have played in the Premier League (and from multiple positions). Where we would generally associate excellent attackers from South America, Africa seems to have produced top-class players across all areas on the pitch.