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Which African legends never left Africa?

African Legends Goal.jpeg Some African football legends

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 Source: goal.com

Mahmoud El Khatib

One of the inaugural qualifiers for the African Legends Cup of Nations, Bibo is a genuine icon at Al-Ahly, Africa’s most successful club.

Indeed, few figures have been as central to the Egyptian giants’ current place within the continental game, and their modern standing.

Between 1972 and 1988 he spent the entirety of his career with the Red Devils, largely dominating the Egyptian top flight during that time while winning a swathe of honours on the continent.

No one could ever question his loyalty to the Cairo heavyweights.

Segun Odegbami

One of Nigeria’s greatest players, Odegbami can look back on a superb career in domestic and international football.

He was a Nations Cup winner with the West African giants in 1980—the Eagles’ first success—having been part of the squad that had reached the final four two years’ previously.

Odegbami—nicknamed Mathematical—was one of the standout performers of a squad that contained the likes of Muda Lawal and Henry Nwosu, and was once runner up for the African Footballer of the Year award.

He played the entirety of his club career with Shooting Stars, winning three domestic titles, showcasing the qualities that twice put him in the Afcon Team of the Tournament.

What could he have achieved if he had left Nigerian soil?

Godfrey Chitalu

Chitalu is Africa’s most prolific international footballer of all time, having struck 79 goals in 108 games for Zambia.

Quite remarkably for a player of his sensational goalscoring qualities, he spent the entirety of his 18-year career in his homeland, having represented Kitwe United and then Kabwe Warriors for long spells.

He transitioned into coaching after hanging up his boots, but met a tragic end along with the rest of the Zambia team in the 1993 Zambian air disaster off the coast of Gabon.

Itumeleng Khune

One of Africa’s finest keepers this century, Khune first joined Kaizer Chiefs as a youngster in 1999, and after making his debut for the Amakhosi in 2004, has gone on to represent the domestic giants for 16 years.

It’s a remarkable achievement, and demonstrates an admirable measure of loyalty for a player who surely had the quality to play in Europe.

Khune’s leadership skills shine through in every performance—even if he has suffered with injury in recent years—while his fabled distribution is surely the best you’ll see from an African stopper.

What does the future hold for the ex-Bafana Bafana No. 1 with the Amakhosi?

Tresor Mputu

Once tipped to become the ‘new Eto’o’ by then-Democratic Republic of Congo coach Claude Le Roy, it’s fair to say that Mputu never quite hit those heights.

He did, however, blossom into one of the most exciting playmakers of his generation, and is a legend at Tout Puissant Mazembe, whom he has represented in two stints.

The Kinshasa-born attacker was—for a period—destined for Europe, but some on-field controversies appeared to scare clubs off.

The only time in his career spent away from his homeland was during a two-year stint with Kabuscorp of Angola.

Kazadi Mwamba

Sticking with the Congolese theme, Kazadi was one of Africa’s greatest ever goalkeepers—and another player who would make Mazembe’s all-time dream team.

He was the Leopards’ stopper for their most successful period—winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1974—and was also with the Zaire squad for their ill-fated trip to the 1974 World Cup in Germany.

Source: goal.com