Top 15 best African players in Premier League history

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6. Jay-Jay Okocha

Jay-Jay Okocha

Augustine Azuka “Jay-Jay” Okocha (born 14 August 1973) is a Nigerian former professional footballerwho played as an attacking midfielder. A quick and skillful playmaker, who is widely regarded as the best Nigerian player of his generation and one of the greatest African players of all time,

So good they named him twice, according to Bolton fans. Memories of the north-west club in the early 2000s are usually centred around Okocha’s dazzling footwork; both with the ball and while dancing with Big Sam.

The Nigerian was a marquee signing for Allardyce’s men when he arrived on a free from PSG, and his star quality was apparent. Okocha regularly impressed alongside fellow big-name stars including Ivan Campo and Youri Djorkaeff, helping transform Bolton from relegation candidates to European challengers. In 2004/05 they finished a highest-ever sixth.

During his four years at the Reebok, the midfield maestro provided Bolton fans with plenty of glorious memories – in particular, a corking winning goal against West Ham in 2003.

5. Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu, OON (born 1 August 1976), or simply Kanu, is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward. He was a member of the Nigerian national team and later captained the Eagles for 16 years from 1994 until 2010.
Kanu spent his early career at Ajax, endured an abbreviated stint in Italy with Inter, then flourished at Arsenal. While the languid Nigerian forward isn’t as feted as Bergkamp, Kanu’s £4.15m transfer to Arsenal in 1999 proved great value.

He played 197 games during his spell at Highbury, helping the club win two Premier League titles and a pair of FA Cups. His finest individual moment was a 15-minute hat-trick against Chelsea which helped the Gunners turn a 2-0 deficit into a famous victory.

After leaving Arsenal in 2004, Kanu had successful spells at West Brom and then Portsmouth, where he scored the only goal of the 2008 FA Cup Final to deliver the trophy for Harry Redknapp’s side.

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