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Afful, Nyarko and LAB named in MLS All time Africa best XI

Considering the performance of Africans in the USA top flight league since it commencement in 1993 but having its first campaign in 1996, Ghanaian trio of Harrison Afful, Latif Blessing and experience Patrick Nyarko have been named in the Major League Soccer’s Africa’s all time best XI.

Lots of African footballers have played in the Major League Soccer but the following have been tipped as the best to ever grace the league. Somehow astonishingly, two time African footballer of the year (2006 & 2009), Didier Drogba who had stints with Montreal Impact failed to make the cut whereas Nigeria’s Obafemi Martins got himself included.

To start with, Harrison Afful joined the MLS in 2015 signing for Columbus Crew from Tunisian giant Esperance de Tunis. Having spent almost five seasons with the Crew, he’s made over 100 appearances in the championship going on to become one of the fan’s favourite at the Mapfre Stadium and has been their first choice on the right side of defence since his arrival.

Also, Latif Attah Blessing has managed to make the list ahead of most African wingers following his outstanding performance in the MLS, from his days at Sporting Kansas City to now Los Angeles FC. He left Liberty Professional very young to join the US top flight in 2017 and has never looked back since then going on to make 89 outings for both clubs in the championship.

Obviously, Patrick Nyarko deserved to be named as part of the MLS all time Africa XI as he’s seen as one of the experience African players to ever play in the league. He’s had a sensational nine year spell in the Major League Soccer playing for Chicago Fire and DC United recently. The 34 year old made massive 236 appearances for the two teams in the league until he left the shores of the USA in 2017.

However, the other African footballers to complete the list includes Kei Kamara from Sierra Leone and experience Obafemi Martins who also played for Seattle Sounders. Also, 2017 AFCON winner Ambroise Oyongo was spread on the left back position whereas French-born Congolese national Chris Mavinga was also used in the heart of defence. Below is the full list:

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim

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