Best African Wingers of all time

Best African Wingers: 15 Most Successful African Wingers

Africa is blessed with so many great footballers. However, only a few African wingers have are really successful at the highest level. It should be interesting to find out who the best African Wingers are.

In this piece, we’ll highlight 14 of the best African wingers and their respective achievements.

These wingers will be highlighted in no particular order.

Without further ado, let’s get to it.

1. Emmanuel Amunike | Nigeria

In the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Emmanuel Amunike won the African Footballer of the year award with Sporting CP in 1994.

Amunike also won the Africa Cup with the Nigerian men’s team in 1994, the Spanish Cup with Barcelona in the 1996/1997 season and won the CAF Super Cup with Zamalek SC in the 1993/1994 season.

In addition, Emmanuel Amunike was a two time Egyptian champion with Zamalek SC in the 1991/1992 and 1992/1993 campaigns.

The former Nigerian star was a CAF Champions League winner with Zamalek SC in the 1992/1993 season and was a onetime Olympic Medalist with Nigeria in the 1995/1996 season.

2. Sadio Mane | Senegal

The Liverpool left wing forward has won several titles; the English Premier League during the 2019-20 season, the UEFA Champions League in the 2018-19 campaign, the UEFA Super Cup in 2019, the Club World Cup in 2019 and the African Cup of Nations with Senegal in 2021.

Apart from team associated achievements, he also has individual awards.

Some of Mane’s personal accolades include: African Footballer of the Year 2019, AFCON Best Player 2021, the Premier League Golden Boot during the 2018-19 season and many more.

It is also important to note that Mane is one of the most decorated African Footballers.

3. Mohamed Salah | Egypt

Mohamed Salah is a onetime English FA Cup Winner with Liverpool in 2022, a two time English League Cup Winner with Liverpool in 2015 and 2022.

In addition, Salah has the African Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

Furthermore, Salah is a three time top scorer in the Premier League and the World Cup Qualifiers Africa (during the 2017-18, 2018-19  and 2016-17 campaigns respectively ).

In 2019, Salah won the FIFA Club World Cup with Liverpool in 2019.

The Egyptian right winger has won the FIFA Puskas award in 2018 and the TM- Player of the season award in 2018, amongst many other accolades he has.

Given his achievements, Mo Salah is definitively one of the best African wingers ever.

4. Gervinho | Ivory Coast

The Ivorian has seven accolades that affirm his worth. Apart from being a one time Africa Cup winner with Ivory Coast in 2015., Gervinho became a Turkish champion in the 2021-22 season with Trabzonspor.

Furthermore, Gervinho is also a two time Footballer of the Year for Cote d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011, a onetime top scorer in the Coppa Italia in the 2013-14 season.

In the 2009/10 season, Gervinho was the player of the Year in Ligue 1.

Also, In the 2010/11 campaign, Gervinho won the French League and the French cup with LOSC Lille.

5 Riyad Mahrez | Algeria

Mahrez is one of the best African wingers ever.

The Algerian is a 5 time English Premier League Champion with Leicester City and Manchester City.

Also, Mahrez won the African Footballer of the Year award and the Premier League player of the season in 2016.

Furthermore, Mahrez won the Algerian Footballer of the Year award in 2015 and 2016.

Riyad Mahrez also won the African Cup with Algeria in 2019.

There is no doubt that Mahrez is one of the most successful African footballers.

6. Hakim Ziyech | Morocco

After a falling out with the Moroccan manager, Hakim Ziyech retired from international football in 2022. However, his achievements with Ajax and Chelsea are good enough to regard him as one of the best African wingers.

The Algerian Right wing forward won the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea and the FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea in 2022.

Ziyech is a one time Footballer of the Year award holder for Ajax in 2018, a one time TM- Player of the Season for Ajax in 2020.

Furthermore, a one time Dutch League and Cup with Ajax Amsterdam in the 2018-19 campaign.

Also, Ziyech won the UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea in the 2021-22 campaign.

7. Victor Moses | Nigeria

Victor Moses is yet another one of the best African wingers.

Moses won the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria in 2013 and has won the English Premier League with Chelsea in 2017.

Furthermore, the Nigerian winger won the English FA Cup with Chelsea in 2018 and the UEFA Europa League in 2013 and 2019.

8. Sofiane Feghouli | Algeria

Sofiane Feghouli is no doubt one of the best African Wingers.

The Algerian is a one time Footballer of the Year for Algeria in 2012, a one time Player of the Season for Galatasaray in 2019.

Feghouli is won the African Cup of Nations with Algeria in 2019.

Also, he is a two time Turkish champion with Galatasaray in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

9. Ismaila Sarr | Senegal

Ismaila Sarr is one of the very best African wingers ever.

The Senegalese is a one time African Cup of Nations winner with Senegal in 2022 and a onetime French Cup winner with Stade Rennais FC in the 2018-19 season.

10. Karl Toko Ekambi | Cameroon

Ekambi is one of the most successful African wingers.

The Cameroonian left wing forward was the top scorer of the Spanish Copa Del Rey in the 2018-19 season with 5 goals.

In addition, Ekambi won the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon in 2017.

11. Samuel Chukwueze | Nigeria

Although he is still young, Samuel Chukwueze is one of the brightest Wingers in Africa.

Chukwueze is a one time Europa League winner with Villarreal in the 2020-21 campaign and his goal in the second leg of the UEFA Champions league quarter-final knocked out Bayern Munich.

As a result, Villarreal made a first appearance in the UEFA Champions League semi-final in the 2021-22 season.

12. Said Benrahma | Algeria

During the 2019/20 season, Benrahma he was voted the Brentford Supporters’ Player of the Year.

Said Benrahma was also named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year after he made 46 appearances and scored 17 goals, which included two hat-tricks.

Benrahma is one unsung African hero who needs more recognition.

13. Alex Iwobi | Nigeria

Alex Iwobi is one of the best African wingers in modern day football.

Iwobi is an English FA Cup winner with Arsenal in 2017 and also won the Community shield in 2016 and 2018.

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14. Arthur Masuaku | Congo

Masuaku is known for his ability to play at left back, left wing-back and left wing forward.

The Congolese made a name for himself at Westham, with some scintillating performances in the Premier League.

Arthur Masuaku is a two time Greek Champion with Olympiacos Piraeus in 2015 and 2016. Also, he won the Greek Cup in 2015.


Having highlighted 14 of the best African Wingers, who is the best?

Well, going by the value of personal and team accolades won, both with club and country, Riyad Mahrez is the best African winger of all time.

If for any reason you doubt Mahrez’s talent, watch the video below and you’ll be convinced.

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