Meet Onyeka’s ultimate African Premier League all-time 5-a-side:
Kolo Toure: Best African Defender
Kolo Toure spent 14 years in the Premier League, playing for Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.
He spent most of his time in the Premier League with Arsenal where he made 326 appearances for the club and was a member of 2003/04’s ‘invincibles’ side.
He is one of the eight players who have won the Premier League with two clubs, having won it with Arsenal and Manchester City.
Yaya Toure: Best African passer
Kolo’s younger brother Yaya, spent his eight years in the Premier League playing for Manchester City between 2010 and 2018.
At City, Yaya Toure scored many key goals and also helped them earn their first league title in 44 years.
Speaking about Yaya Toure, Onyeka described him as an all-around midfielder; “Yaya Toure is fast, he’s a box-to-box midfielder. He can dribble as well. He can shoot. An all-around midfielder. When I look at him, I want to add that to my game as well.”
Jay-Jay Okocha: Best African Dribbler
“[Riyad] Mahrez can dribble, but I’d go with Jay Jay as the best African dribbler to have ever played in the Premier League,” Onyeka said to Uncut about the former Bolton Wanderers captain.
Okocha, played for Bolton between 2002 and 2006, and was in 2017, voted as the best player to have ever played for the club at the Reebok/Macron Stadium.
During his time in the Premier League, Okocha led Bolton to their first cup final in nine years where they finished runners-up in the 2004 Football League Cup to Middlesbrough.
Didier Drogba: Most Physical African
Drogba spent his time in the Premier League, playing for Chelsea, for whom he scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time.
“He scored so many goals, he’s strong, a defender’s nightmare,” Onyeka said about Drogba.
Obafemi Martins: Fastest African, Best African Shooter
“He’s too quick. Too quick! This guy is too fast,” Onyeka said to Uncut about Nigeria’s Martins.
During a three-year spell at Newcastle United: 2006-2009, Martins amassed 35 goals in all competitions from 104 games.
His 11-goal tally in the 2006/07 Premier League season, was one of his highest-scoring league seasons across Europe.