Sports News of Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Out of the 46 African footballers expected to light up the 2019/2020 English Premier League, Ghana would be contributing four players.
Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire have the highest presentation of six players each while Kenya, Guinea and Zimbabwe have the least representation of a player each.
Undoubtedly, Ghana’s best prospect in the English League this season could be Jordan Ayew, following his brilliant outing for Crystal Palace in the opening game on Saturday.
Not much has been seen of Daniel Amartey and Christian Atsu who are still recovering from injury but are hopeful to make a full impact for their respective clubs Leicester City and Newcastle United in the coming weeks, when they fully recover.
On the other hand, Jeffery Schlupp who had quite a good time during last season’s league would be expected to improve upon his games and form this season in order to catch the eyes of the national team handlers.
Indeed, the English league is one big platform where players use to market themselves and their country and most Ghanaians just like fans of the other Africa countries, would hope their players perform well to bring the spotlight onto their country as well.
Mohamed Salah has been a worthy ambassador for Egypt in the English league so has Sadio Mane and Cheikhou Kouyaté also done for Senegal. But with the entrant of Aston Villa’s new recruit, Trezeguet, Egypt would hope their increase in numbers in the English league would further enhance their country’s image at the international stage.
Graphic Sports Online observes that there have been increases in the number of African players who ply their trade in the EPL from last season’s 42 to 46 players this season.
Below is the full list of African players playing in the EPL.
Full list by nation:
Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester City
Alex Iwobi – Everton
Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester City
Isaac Success – Watford
Leon Balogun – Brighton & Hove Albion
Tom Dele-Bashiru – Watford
Cote D’Ivoire ????????
Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal
Jean-Philippe Gbamin – Everton
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Eric Bailly – Manchester United
Serge Aurier – Tottenham Hotspur
Jonathan Kodjia – Aston Villa
Sadio Mané – Liverpool
Ismaïla Sarr – Watford
Cheikhou Kouyaté – Crystal Palace
Oumar Niasse – Everton
Henri Saivet – Newcastle
Jeffrey Schlupp – Crystal Palace
Jordan Ayew – Crystal Palace
Daniel Amartey – Leicester City
Christian Atsu – Newcastle
Mohamed Salah- Liverpool
Mohamed Elneny – Arsenal
Trezeguet – Aston Villa
Ahmed Elmohamady – Aston Villa
Democratic Republic of Congo ????????
Yannick Bolasie – Everton
Arthur Masuaku – West Ham United
Beni Baningime – Everton
Aaron Tshibola – Aston Villa
Sofiane Boufal – Southampton
Romain Saïss – Wolves
Achraf Lazaar – Newcastle
Yves Bissouma – Brighton & Hove Albion
Moussa Djenepo – Southampton
Fousseni Diabaté – Leicester City
Bakary Sako – Crystal Palace
Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City
Rachid Ghezzal – Leicester City
Islam Slimani – Leicester City
Joel Matip – Liverpool
Gaëtan Bong – Brighton & Hove Albion
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal
Mario Lemina – Southampton
Victor Wanyama – Tottenham Hotspur.
Naby Keïta – Liverpool
Marvelous Nakamba – Aston Villa.