Top five African players with the most Premier League goals

By Robert Abong'o: Thursday, September 13th 2018 at 13:55 GMT +3 | Sports
Didier Drogba holds the Premier League trophy [Courtesy]

Since the inception of the FA Premier League in 1992, there's no counter-argument to the fact that most of the players to have graced stadiums in England have gone on to become world class.

With its popularity still spreading across the world, the Premier League is slowly becoming and arguably, the best league in the world. And with that, the crème de la crème of African players have over the years helped their teams shine.

At the moment, players such as Kenya's Victor Wanyama, Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Senegal's Sadio Mane, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are still making headlines in England with superb performances week in week out. However, these guys need to be at their very best to become Premier League greats, if not world greats.

Here's a list of the top five Africans with the most goals in the Premier League:

Nwanko Kanu – 54 goals

Nwanko Kanu [Courtesy]

There's no doubt that former Nigeria and Arsenal striker Nwanko Kanu played with the best and became the best. During his 10-year career in England playing for Arsenal, West Bromwich and Portsmouth, the Nigerian managed to bag a total of 54 goals. He was named African footballer of the year twice (1992 and 1999) and even won the FA Cup with Pompey before he finished his career in 2012.

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Yaya Toure – 59

Yaya Toure [Courtesy]

Even if Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola didn't fancy Yaya as a regular in his first team last season, it's impossible to forget the achievements of the big tall Ivorian. He made more than 200 appearances for the 'Cityzens', winning the league twice and the FA Cup once. In his seven-year Premier League stay, he scored 59 goals for Man City and was even named African player of the year in 2013 and 2015. He has since joined Olympiacos.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni - 95

Yakubu Aiyegbeni [Courtesy]

He made his Premier League debut in 2003 after helping Portsmouth secure promotion. He went to Middlesbrough in 2005 before moving to The Tofees (Everton) in 2007. He played under former Manchester United coach David Moyes for seven seasons before signing for Blackburn Rovers in 2011. With four different top flight clubs, he scored an astonishing 95 goals, making him the third highest African goal scorer in the Premier League.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 97

Emmanuel Adebayor [Courtesy]

Commonly referred to by a section of fans as 'Adede G', Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the most successful nomadic African players in the Premier League. The Togolese striker, now at Basakhesir in Turkey, donned the jerseys of Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Crystal palace during his 10-year stay in the Premier League. He managed to score 97 goals.

Didier Drogba - 104

Didier Drogba [Courtesy]

Ahhhh Didier Drogba. Yes. The man who won the UEFA Champions League for Chelsea in 2012 is the highest African scorer in the Premier League. The decorated Ivorian has scored a whopping 104 goals since he joined Chelsea in 2004. Basically, he won everything there is to win with Chelsea, and majorly it was because of him.

The Premier League resumes this weekend with a number of mouthwatering fixtures in the offing. Title holders Manchester City welcome new boys Fulham, Chelsea host Cardiff City at the Stamford Bridge, Tottenham look to stop Liverpool, Arsenal travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle as in-form Watford look to continue with winning ways against under-fire Manchester United.

Do you think Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will bag a goal each against Victor Wanyama's Tottenham? Bookies have tipped The Reds to come out on top, with both teams appearing likely to score a goal. Check out the odds for this and more games this weekend on Betin Kenya and get winning.