The contribution of African players in the English Premier League cannot be overemphasised.
While the pivotal role played by Nigeria’s Victor Moses is there for all to see in the just concluded season, his compatriot and a number of other African players have at various times helped their teams to win the coveted EPL title.
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Mahrez won the EPL in the 2015/16 with Leicester City. When Leicester finished the season as champions, Mahrez became the first Algerian to win a Premier League medal.
The former Cameroon international was part of the Invincible Arsenal team, he won two EPL titles as a Gunner. A master in the left-back position, he was a champion in the 2001–02, 2003–04
Kolo Touré (Arsenal and Manchester City)
The Ivorian had the opportunity of winning the EPL on two occasions, he was part of the Arsenal invincibles in the 2003–04 and also lifted the league with Manchester City in 2011–12.
Michael Essien (Chelsea)
The Ghana midfield trojan won the EPL title twice with Chelsea in 2005–06 and 2009–10. Presently in his twilight, Essien is presently playing his club football in Indonesia.
Quinton Fortune (Manchester United)
The ex-Bafana Bafana star is one the few Africans to win in league title with Manchester United, playing under Alex Ferguson, the South African legend finished tops with the Red Devils in the 2002/03 session.
Nwankwo Kanu (Arsenal)
Arguably one of Nigeria’s most decorated player, Kanu played for as much as three English teams but his most productive years remains his days with Arsenal where he won the EPL title the 2001–02 and 2003–04 respectively. He is one of the three Nigerians on this exclusive list.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
Undoubtedly a legend with Chelsea, Drogba was a key figure for the Blues at his prime. Indeed, Chelsea’s successes are not complete without proper mention of the former Ivory Coast captain who powered his team to EPL triumphs in 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10 and 2014–15.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
After making a switch from Barcelona to join the revamp Manchester City team, Yaya proved to be the needed tonic as she helped City earn their first league title in 44 years in the 2011–12 and Yaya had another to celebrate as a Citizen; winning the EPl in the 2013–14.
John Obi Mikel (Chelsea)
In his decade of loyal service to the Blues, Mikel won two EPL titles with Chelsea in the 2009/10 as well as the 2014/15 season. The Nigeria international spent almost a decade at the Bridge before opting for a lucrative deal in the Chiese Super League.
Victor Moses (Chelsea)
The 26-year old is the latest on this new exclusive list, just over the weekend, Moses was able to see some people.