Ten Unforgettable Premiere League Moments Involving African Football Legends
These are moments that have persistently lingered for long since they happened, and cleaves to the memory of every fan that witnessed them with such simmering intensity. Ndulovu opened the Premiere League door for Africans, and his legendary debut on that day is the starting point of such greatness you have seen on display in the Premiere League by Africans such as Thierry Henry,
Kanu Nwankwo, Mohammed Salah, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and many others. African EPL legends and Heroes are celebrated in this list along with the memorable moments that decorate each of their EPL careers. Read and enjoy.
10. Peter Odemwingie 2013
Peter Odemwingie made a thoughtless move on the named date,his illfated drive from Birmingham to London, seeking to leave West Ham for QPR.
The mirthy incident left a mark fans would never forget. The Nigerian player had jumped the gun,leaving West Ham without permission to get through a deal that ultimately fell through. His manager described his actions as total lunacy at the time
9. 1995 Tony Yeboah
This exceptional player made an EPL unforgettable moment when he scored for his club in a match against Liverpool.
It aroused so much sensation. Tony declared the goal his favourite. He closely followed this up one month later with another awesome-moment-making goal, the exact typification of immense striking ability and skill. It was later named the goal of the season.
8. Kolo Toure - 2004
A man that has been part of many great moments in the history of the EPL. The most remembered happened during the 2003-2004 campaign when he was still part of arsene Wenger's gunners. During this time his extraordinary performances on the pitch that so wowed and so entertained, together with the performances of two other Africans, Lauren and Kanu played a great part in the gunners successes during that season. They got a record of 26 wins 12 draws a feat that was last pulled ( before theirs) in the 1880s by Preston North End.
7. 2012 Papiss Demba
Another important player helped Papiss Demba make this happen, also named Demba, chested the ball down for Papiss ( a move that is now known as the Double Demba), creating a situation that enabled Cisse to get over Peter Cech from a position wide out on the left wing by striking the ball with the outside of his right foot.
6. 2003 Jay-Jay Okocha
It was simply Okocha's best. No other moment can rival. To this many EPL fans who witnessed it would agree.
In the battle of a match against West Ham reported by the Telegraph as "almost too classy for the premiere league", Okocha made a spirited run with the ball towards the west ham goal from deep inside his own half, easily got rid of Joe Cole, and sending the ball into the sought after position from 25 yards. One of the many extraordinary EPL performances that decorate his wonderful and prolific career.
5. 2006 - Michael Essien
Michael Essien a well known Ghanaian soccer star was in the moment when hw equalized for his team in a match against arsenal. The end was dangerously close to Chelsea's interminable undefeated run under José Mourinho. Essiens strike had so much of force an it had beauty that it evaded the reach of Jens Lehmann.
4. 2009 - Emmanuel Adebayor
The closest rival of the legendary Didier Drogba in EPL history speaking in terms of goals scored. 97 glorious are counted to him.
He left the soccer community a hard to forget moment when he left Arsenal for Manchester city in an acrimonious move.
He netted in a match after joining the new club and when he did ran the whole pitch's length taunting his former fans. He later apologized for a action counted rash on his part, saying his emotions had got the better of him.
3. Didier Drogba
Perhaps the most famous name in the EPL and perhaps the most accomplished. He left behind him so many legacies and beautiful memories after his retirement.
When he arrived at the Chelsea club, Chelsea had only won the EPL once. Drogbas performance for the club largely helped them secure 4 more EPL trophy wins. At this time of unbelievable occurrences taking place in the league the celebrated Ivorian topped the league's scoring charts( 2007), being the first African to. He repeated the same feat 3 years later.
2. 1999. Kanu Nwankwo
He scored one of the most memorable hat tricks of the league, though not the first.
Kanus hat trick saved the gunners a disgraceful defeat at Chelsea's hand. Arsenal had been 2-0 down until the last 15 minutes of the match when Kanu made them hope wildly again. Ending 3-2, it became a match that left no doubt how much Africans in the EPL had proved and could prove themselves. And it genuinely shocked the soccer world.
1. Peter Ndiovu
Peter ndiovu made history by being the first African to perform on the pitch during a EPL match.
He came on as a substitute in the 2nd half in a match against Tottenham Hotspur, for Coventry city. Coventry city claimed the victory 2-0. It was the beginning of the the extraordinary things we have seen with Africans in EPls history. Hundreds of other fellow Africans have followed his inspiring example. The likes of Salah, Mane, Iwobi and all others mentioned in this article.