Football: Biggest African moves so far

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Bony in action
African player from Ivory Coast Bony in action

by Jude Zoho

A total of 49 African football players from 14  countries plying their trade in clubs across the world, particularly in Europe featured prominently in the summer transfer activities.

Figures given by experts indicate that 20 (representing over 40 percent) of the transfers were done to clubs in England either in the premiership or in the championship.

In a report published on, 10 Nigerian players, three from Cote d’Ivoire, six from Algeria and four from Ghana in involved in deals to different clubs.

In the other deals, two from Mali, five from Cameroon, four from Morocco, seven from Senegal, two from Egypt, one each from Gabon, Angola, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Tunisia were involved.

Details of the done deals so far as reported by indicates that Ivorian international, Wilfried Bony moved from Manchester City to Stoke City on a season-long loan.

Algerian international, Islam Slimani moved from Sporting Lisbon to Leicester City for 30 million euros plus five million-euro add-ons while Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu went to Newcastle United from Chelsea on season-long loan.

Nigerian star, Kenneth Omeruo moved from Chelsea to Alanyaspor on a season-long loan and the only Gabonese player involved so far, Didier Ibrahim Ndong moved from Lorient to Sunderland for £13.6 million.

Ghanaian international, Abdul Rahman Baba moved to Schalke from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal while Adama Traore of Mali left Aston Villa for Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee.

Morocco’s Mehdi Carcela went to Granada from Benfica also for an undisclosed amount while Nigeria’s Elderson Echiejile left AS Monaco for Standard Liege on a season-long loan.

Mehdi Abeid of Algeria moved from Panathinaikos to Dijon for an undisclosed fee while Cote d’Ivoire’s Jonathan Kodjia left Bristol City for Aston Villa for £11 million.

Details of the other deals include Morocco’s Romain Saiss move away from SCO Angers to Wolves for an undisclosed fee and Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon’s move from FC Porto to Besiktas for a season-long loan deal.

Nigeria’s star forward at the just concluded Olympics, Sadiq Umar was loaned to Bologna from AS Roma for a season.

Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal left LOSC Lille for Southampton for a fee of £15 million while Nigeria’s Stanley Amuzie moved from Olhanense to Sampdoria for an undisclosed amount.

Seydou Keita of Mali moved from AS Roma to El-Jaish SC on a free transfer while Angola’s Bastos left FC Rostov for SS Lazio for an undisclosed fee.

Nigerian midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi moved from SS Lazio to Trabzonspor also for an undisclosed fee and Ghana’s Andre Ayew left Swansea City for West Ham United all in the English premiership for a fee of £20.5 million.

Burkina Faso’s Alain Traore left FC Lorient for Kayserispor on a free transfer, Senegal’s Ludovic Sane moved from Bordeaux to Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee and Egpyt’s Mohamed Salah left Chelsea for AS Roma also for an undisclosed amount.

Senegal and Hull City’s Mohamed Diame moved to Newcastle United for a reported fee of £4.5 million, Steven Pienaar of South Africa left Everton for Sunderland as a free agent while Ghana’s Kevin-Prince Boateng joined Las Palmas from AC Milan also as a free agent.

Senegal’s Idrissa Gueye moved from Aston Villa to Everton for £7.1 million while his compatriot, Younousse Sankhare left Guingamp for LOSC Lille for an undisclosed amount.

In the rest of the deals, Egypt’s Ramadan Sobhy moved from Al-Ahly to Stoke City for €6 million, Morocco’s Medhi Benatia of Bayern Munich joined Juventus on loan move while Tunisia’s Wissam Ben Yedder joined Sevilla from Toulouse for €9 million.


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