African strikers are scoring for fun in the Premiership.
Pele once said, “An African team will win the World Cup by the year 2000”.
He may have been a little ambitious with his prediction, but by looking at the quality of the African’s in the Premiership, surely it won’t be long before an African team lifts the World Cup trophy. With Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup, it’s a great opportunity for them to succeed.
Africans Firing the Goals
Looking at the top of Premiership top scorers league, in joint 1st position you see Didier Drogba and Nwankwo Kanu. Drogba is from the Ivory Coast and Kanu from Nigeria.
Two other young African strikers have found form recently, Newcastle’s Obafemi Martins from Nigeria and Arsenal’s young
With 15 goals in all competitions, Drogba is a striker on form at the moment.
When Shevchenko arrived from Milan, many thought it signalled the end for Drogba at Chelsea. The truth is, Chelsea now rely on Drogba as their main man, with Shevchenko playing second fiddle.
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9 Premiership goals for the 6’5″ Nigerian! Kanu share’s the Premiership’s top scorer ranking with Drogba.
Who’d have thought that the ex Arsenal and Ajax striker would be hitting so many goals after Portsmouth picked him up in the summer?
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He hit a brace at the weekend, to take his tally to 6 in all competitions for Newcastle.
After a slow start, the Nigerian is showing his mettle following Shearer’s retirement and the injury to Michael Owen. The Geordie fans can be a fickle bunch, but it looks like Martins is winning them over now.
Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor is starting to show why Wenger signed the 22 year old from AS Monaco. He hit the winner for Arsenal against Wigan last night.
Nicknamed ‘Baby Kanu’, due to his resemblance to Nwankwo Kanu, Adebayor also wears Kanu’s old Arsenal shirt number 25 and wears No. 4 for Togo.
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