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Africa: The Greatest Players Never to Win the Afcon


Johannesburg. — Which of the continent’s all-time greats never got their hands on Africa’s biggest prize — the African Cup of Nations football title?

Here we give you a ranking of the greatest players never to win the Africa Cup of Nations:

#6 – Bruce Grobbelaar

One of Africa’s most decorated players, Grobbelaar was a key figure in Liverpool’s European Cup final success in 1984, and also won six league titles with the Reds.

At international level, however, he made little impact despite being capped over 30 times by Zimbabwe.

#5 – Sammy Kuffour

A Champions League winner with Bayern Munich, where Kuffour also bagged a swathe of Germany Bundesliga titles, the centre-back never won the Nations Cup with Ghana.

While he was part of the squad that represented the Black Stars at the 2006 World Cup — their first appearance on the world stage — Kuffour’s career was winding down by the time the West Africans embarked on their consecutive run of AFCON semi-final appearances.

#4 – Michael Essien

Had injuries not so undermined the latter stages of the Bison’s career, perhaps he could have helped the Black Stars over the line at the Nations Cup and transform one of their near misses to a title success.

While he did represent Ghana at two World Cups — in 2006 and 2014 — injuries cost him the chance to feature in their quarter-final run in 2010.