Top 10 Best Goalkeepers In Africa 2019 – This has been an interesting year so far, as many of the big names in the goalkeeping department are gradually saying goodbye to the big stage. Vincent Enyeama is unavoidably absent, Carlos Idris Kameni of Cameroon is on the decline, and Denis Oyango has limited appearances this term. But that does not mean that the story is only gloom and doom for African goalkeepers. A new star has been born and he has taken the whole world by storm.
This is the time for Cameroon International Andre Onana to rise and rise, and rise he does. We talk more about him in the sections below. But for now, here is our list, and how they performed to earn their ranking.
Top 10 Best Goalkeepers In Africa 2019
|Rank No.||Goalkeeper Name||Club||Country|
|1.||Andrea Onana||Ajax Amsterdam||Cameroon|
|2.||Moez Ben Cherifia||Esperance||Tunisia|
|3.||Yassine El Karroubi||Wydad Casablanca||Morocco|
|5.||Yassine Bounou||Real Zaragoza||Morocco|
|6.||Denis Oyango||Mamelodi Sundows||Uganda|
|7.||Mahmoud Abdel Rahim||Zamalek||Egypt|
|8.||Mohammed El Shenawy||Al Ahly||Egypt|
|9.||Nana Bonsu||Enugu Rangers||Ghana|
|10.||Makram Bedhri||Etoile Du Sahel||Morocco|
Truly this has been a very difficult list to compile because top performances in this department have not been easy to come by this season. Most of the known names which were hyped to perform well last season have fallen well below the level of contention, and so even FIFA or CAF would have a hard time putting this list together. For respect sake let us mention Vincent Enyeama, Carlos Idris Kameni, Carl Ikeme, and Brilliant Khuzwayo.
Now let us get back to our list, and analyze the performances of the players we have here, and how they earned their rankings on the list.
Top 10 Best Goalkeepers In Africa 2019
1. Andre Onana
- Club: Ajax Amsterdam
- Date Of Birth: 2nd April 1996
A few years ago he was just a trainee at the Samuel Eto’o Academy. But just look at him now! 18 games running into the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions League, only narrowly missing out on a place in the Final. Andre Onana exudes confidence when he plays, he doesn’t for one second look like a 23-year-old playing his first full season for his first senior European club. In 4541 minutes of football this season he has been a confident goalkeeping stalwart, rarely gotten the better of. Even though one or goalkeeping errors are there to be pointed at, you cannot overlook the fact that 15 of the 33 match features he has had in the Dutch Eredivisie have been clean sheets for him. That is an impressive 45 percent clean sheets record. He has now won his first Dutch Eredivisie Title, with Ajax, and hopefully, that is just the first of many.
2. Moez Ben Cherifia
- Club: ES Tunis
- Date Of Birth: 24th June 1991
Esperance Sportive de Tunisia and Tunisia National Team goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia comes next on our list. The experienced goalkeeper has been a consistent contributor to the Esperance cause this term, and their dominant form in the Tunisian League, as well as in their run-in to the final of the CAF Champions League 2018/2019 season. He has played 17 League games and racked up 659 minutes of playing time.
3. Yassine El Kharroubi
- Club: Wydad Casablanca
- Date Of Birth: 29th March 1990
Wydad Casablanca and Morrocco International goalkeeper Yassine El Kharroubi come in next on our list of the best goalkeepers in Africa. At 6ft 3 he was born with aerial dominance, and he proves it week in week out. This goalkeeper who spent his younger years gathering experience in the French lower divisions has finally come of age at Wydad Casablanca.
This season he has played 20 times in the league and racked up 1860 minutes of playing time for Wydad Casablanca. He is a very resolute goalkeeper, and very handsome too.
4. Yassine Bounou
- Club: Girona FC
- Date Of Birth: 5th April 1991
At 6ft 4 inches Yassine Bounou is classic goalkeeper material. This experienced goalie who was once on the payroll of Wydad Casablanca, Athletico Madrid, Real Zaragoza has now matured at Girona.
The Morrocan International had 33 match features in La Liga this season and garnered 2862 minutes of playing time. 8 of his 32 La Liga matches were clean sheets He is a goalkeeper with so much potential, but has not really been helped by his teammates, and the general atmosphere at Girona. He is an established International goalkeeper with 15 caps for Morrocco.
5. Denis Onyango of Uganda
- Club: Mamelodi Sundowns
- Date Of Birth: 15th May 1995
Last season’s African Best Goalkeeper has not really had an impressive season perhaps due to injury, but he is non the less an ABSA Premiership Title winner once again this season. Onyango played a pivotal role as he kept one more clean sheet on the final day of the season to make sure that his team Mamelodi Sundowns retained the title. He played 17 Premier League games this season, which gave him 1471 minutes, and he also played in the CAF Champions League, 9 times which gave him an additional 810 minutes, as Mamelodi Sundowns ran up to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League. Denis Onyango had a total of 2281 playing minutes for his club this season. Of the 17 League games he featured this term, 7 of them were clean sheets, giving him a 47 percent record.
6. Munir Mohand Mohamedi
- Club: Malaga
- Date Of Birth: 10th May 1989
Another Morrocan International, by the name of Munir Mohand Mohamedi of Malaga. He narrowly missed promotion with his team from the Segunda Division back into the La Liga. This season he had 35 match features, and 3150 minutes of football under his belt.
13 of the 35 matches he played in where clean sheets, which calculate into 35 percent clean sheet record for the season. He is an established international goalkeeper with 34 caps for Morrocco.
7. Mahmoud Abdel Rahim
- Club: Zamalek
- Date Of Birth: Egypt
Mahmoud Genesh as he is popularly known in Egypt comes in next. This Zamalek of Egypt strong man who is fast attaining legendary status did not always find it easy; despite his obvious talent and good height, he has been over-shadowed by Legendary Hossam Hassan on the national team level and Abdelwahed El Sayed on the Club level. But since his heroics in the Egyptian Cup 2014/2015, he has had his break.
This season he is a Confederations Cup winner with Zamalek and was instrumental to the club in securing the title. That is not the only trophy in his cabinet however, he has won the Egyptian Premier League 2014/2015, Egyptian Cup 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2017/2018. Egyptian Super Cup: 2016, Saudi Egyptian Super Cup: 2018.
This season he clocked 2205 minutes on the field for Zamalek, and it was not wasted at all.
8. Mohammed El Shenawy
- Club: Al Ahly
- Date Of Birth: 18 December 1988
Al Ahly of Egypt’s sensational goalkeeper comes next on our list. Standing 6ft 4, he is quite a handful to play against and has proven this with roadblocking performances in the Egyptian Premier League this season. The 30-year old who has travelled far and wide for the purpose of showing the world his potential has really landed.
He has been a pivotal member of the Al Ahly side that has produced another dominant performance this season as they raced to the top of the Egyptian Top League. Mohammed El Shenawy has clocked at least 1890 minutes this season in the league, in 21 appearances. Of the last 10 games he has played, 6 have been clean sheets for his team. However, there is the small issue of a scandalous 5-0 defeat in the CAF Champions League, at the hands of South African marauders Mamelodi Sundowns.
9. Nana Bonsu
- Club: Enugu Rangers
- Date Of Birth: 1 December 1988
Ghanian International Nana Bonsu who plays for Nigerian Premier League toppers Enugu Rangers comes in next on our list. He has been an outstanding feature for his club this season and was announced Player of the Month for February 2019 by Enugu Rangers.
Nana Bonsu’s heroics have not gone unnoticed, he has been repeatedly linked with many clubs on the Continent and outside.
He has 16 league appearances this term and has helped his team climb to the top of the league. He was named the best goalkeeper in the CAF Confederations Cup group stage for his outstanding displays. He made 29 saves for his club which was the highest tally garnered by any one of his peers.
10. Makram Bedhri
- Club: Etoile Du Sahel
- Date Of Birth: 1991
Etoile du Sahel’s goalkeeper Makram Bediri comes next on our list of the best goalkeepers in Africa currently. This 28-year-old stubborn goalkeeper from Tunisia who put up a show in the 2018/2019 CAF Champions League deserves some accolade. He is guaranteed more action in the CAF Champions League next season with Etoile du Sahel set to finish second on the log, so he can try again for continental glory.
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