It is not without nostalgia that we can remember a number of outstanding men who have distinguished themselves both on African level and internationally thanks to their charismatic and exceptional technical qualities.
The legendary valleys of Dakar, Yaoundé, Kinshasa, Abidjan, and the famous arenas of Paris, Rome or London continue to vibrate today to the rhythm of the frenzied Knights of African warriors of modern times. Samuel Eto, Didier Drogba, Georges Weah, or El-Hadji Diouf is definitely something.
Faithful readers, on your marks for a snapshot of players targeting the proposed Top 100 (Part 1 – From 100 to 91):
100) Temime Lahzami – ?? Tunisia
It was a time when people under the age of 60 can not know it. At a time when Espérance Sportive Tunis Temple Lahzami's lightning accelerations are singing the raving crowds of the 70s.
The terrible child of Hammam Lif (southern suburb of Tunis) made his debut at street school and desert. In 1970 he entered ES Tunis and quickly captured the hearts of the aristocratic rulers of the capital of Tunisia thanks to his high performance.
A reduced throttle, powerful legs and a powerful character make Témime, a devastating starter on the right, a great dribble. An inventive and intelligent counterfoil craftsman.
At the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, Témime alias "The 7 Diamonds" broke the screen in view of the German election, reigning world champion. That day, Tunisia, gave the turn to Mannschaft's defense before a full audience. Is not Mr Berti Vogts? (German Defender)?
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99) Muhammad Kallon – ?? Sierra Leone
Born on October 6, 1979 in Kenema, Sierra Leone, the gifted Mohamed Kallon started at the local First Division at the age of 14! The youngest player to score in an international match (at age fifteen), Sierra Leone has a whole new football career.
Dozens of clubs in his resume (including Inter Milano and AS Monaco), ten different countries: he who has played three seasons under the colors of Inter is a real idol in his country. So much so that in 2001, he bought the local Sierra Ficheries club that was renamed Kallon FC. He will play for four seasons, making him the first professional player in history to play in a club that bears his name. Just that!
98) Driss Bamous – Morocco
Captain of the Moroccan selection during the 1970 World Cup beautiful epic in Mexico, Driss Bamous was certainly one of the best technicians in the history of Moroccan and African soccer.
With the sense of his organization as a maestro, the emblematic gentleman to play the FAR (Morocco) revolution in the midst of the mid-60s in Morocco.
– History of African Soccer (@af_history) February 27, 2018
97) Papa Bouba Diop – ?? Senegal
If several observers correctly report El-Hadji Diouf to symbolize the remarkable performance of Téranga Lions in the 2002 World Cup, we must not forget the Lair Papa Bouba Diop giant (195 centimeters for 95 pounds).
Indeed, the first champion of the field won during Senegal's historic victory against the French team in the opening match, Senegal's first World Cup finisher finished his work by completing his best teammate (3 points). He has contributed to the preparation of his team in the quarter-finals.
"It is something that will mean my life forever." Nobody will ever forget this time in Senegal, "It was a madness," recalls former Fulham firefighter and RC Lens.
96) Essam El Hadary – ?? Egypt
It is definitely one of the last monuments of African football that are still active. At 45, the "eternal" last bastion of Egyptian selection Essam El-Hadari has not yet decided to put his gloves off.
It was there before Didier Drogba's debut with Ivory Coast or Samuel Eto'o with Cameroon. The two African stars have retired internationally, the Pharaoh's porter has not resigned.
Better, the man with 800 appearances and 37 trophies in his career (club and national team together) marked the history of football in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. At 45, he became the oldest player to participate in the World Cup … 22 years after his debut in the national team.
95) Siphiwe Tshabalala – South Africa
World Cup 2010 in South Africa. June 11, 2010. 56th minute and in a Johannesburg Football City deafening Vuvuzelas, the fast left edge of Bafana Bafana Siphiwe Tshabalala, takes a deep ball, checks the skin before shooting with left foot of Mexican Porter Oscar Perez. That day, people met with the virtual captain of Kaizer Chiefs.
The 88-foot cap with South Africa (12 goals), the author of the first goal scored on the African continent in a World Cup, has forever left his mark in the history of South African football.
94) Hédi Berrekhissa – ?? Tunisia
It was January 4, 1997, on the territory of Stade Chedly-Zouiten in Tunis during a friendly match against Olympique Lyonnais. Espérance Sportive de Tunis lost one of her biggest players who contributed to the many successes of the capital's club.
That night, the legendary Hedi Berrekhissa, nicknamed "Balha" by the supporters of EST, left us forever suffering a heart attack during the fight.
Despite his passing at the age of 24, the talented leftist, who voted the best Arab player in 1995, has a very eloquent track record of no less than eight trophies he has won with his club.
The soccer sports of the man who carried the Carthage Eagles to the final CAN of 1996 will be engraved forever in the history of Tunisian football.
93) Hacene Lalmas – ?? Algeria
Considered by many observers to be the best Algerian player of all time, the master to play in the Hecène Lalmas alien national team of the sixties, or else El Kebch, unmistakably marked a generation in Algeria and Africa.
He still holds the record for the number of goals scored in the Algerian Championship (with more than 150 goals), he became known to the world by signing a historic goal in November 1964 against the best goalkeeper of all time, Lev Yachine, in a friendly match against the USSR.
92) Stephen Appiah – ?? Ghana
The emblematic number 10 and Ghana captain Black Stars, Stephen "Tornado" Appiah made the happiness of his choice for 14 years (77 selections for 14 goals).
After collecting the main trophies that competed in his home country (championships and national cups), the undefeated average, voted the best athlete in Ghana in 2007, showed all his talent on the Italian side.
The thirtieth season in Serie A was a great success. In Parma first, where he won the National Cup in 2002, then in Juventus, Turin, with whom he was crowned champion in 2005.
91) Pascal Feindouno – ?? Guinea
Named "African Zidan," former Guinian national captain Pascal Feindouno made the happiness of Girondins de Bordeaux and AS Saint-Etienne with two exotic quotes on the side of Qatar and the Emirates.
The fantastic technician, the amazing winner of number 10, Feindouno was the title hero of Bordeaux during the 1999 season in Ligue 1, and this, including a historic target against the PSG at the Parc des Princes, offering his coronation club.
The man with 82 appearances with Guinea's choice still holds the title of the top scorer in the history of Sylly (30 goals).