There are many good African goalkeepers that have proved themselves in the history of football both nationally and at club level. This is a list of 10 great African goalkeeping legends.
10. Tony Sylva (Senegal)
Date of Birth: May 17, 1975
Tony Sylva was the best goalkeeper at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations and did made brilliant saves during the 2002 World Cup. He represented Senegal in four African Cup of Nations.
9. Peter Rufai (Nigeria)
Peter Rufai was in good form during the 1984 and 1988 African Cup of Nations. He won the African Cup of Nations with the Nigerian National Team in 1994 and made some good saves in the USA’94 World Cup.
8. Alain Gouamene (Cote d’Ivoire)
Date of Birth: June 15, 1966
Alain Gouamene was the best goalkeeper at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations when the Ivorian’s won the African Cup of Nations. He represented Cote d’Ivoire in seven African Cup of Nations.
7. Jacques Songo’o (Cameroun)
Date of Birth: March 17, 1964
Jacques Songo’o won the 1997 Ricardo Zamora Trophy for the best goalkeeper of the season in La Liga. He was in four World Cups and several African Cup of Nations for Cameroun.
6. Sadok Sassi (Tunisia)
Date of Birth: November 15, 1945
Sadok Sassi Attouga won five league titles and eight Cups while keeping for Club African. He represented Tunisia at the 1978 World Cup.
5. Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe)
Date of Birth: October 6, 1957
Bruce Grobbelaar made his name while at Liverpool. He played 440 games for Liverpool and won several awards including six League Titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups, five Charity Shields and one Champions Cup.
4. Badou Zaki (Morocco)
Date of Birth: April 2, 1959
Badou Zaki was at his best at the 1984 Summer Olympics and the 1986 World Cup. He won the African Footballer of the Year Award in 1986 and then moved to Mallorca FC.
3. Essam El-Hadary (Egypt)
Date of Birth: January 15, 1973
El-Hadary is still keeping for the Egyptian National Team and has won many laurels including four African Cup of Nations Gold and three Best Goalkeeper Awards in the African Cup of Nations (2006, 2008, and 2010). He was in the 2009 Confederations Cup.
2. Joseph Antoine Bell (Cameroun)
Date of Birth: October 8, 1954
Antoine Bell was the best goalkeeper in the 1984 and 1988 African Cup of Nations. He represented Cameroun in three World Cups (1982, 1990 and 1994) and the 1984 Summer Olympics.
1. Thomas Nkono (Cameroun)
Date of Birth: July 20, 1955
Thomas Nkono won the African Footballer of the Year Awards in 1979 and 1982. He was the best goalkeeper at the 1982 and 1986 African Cup of Nations. Thomas Nkono is the best African goalkeeper of all time.