Meet the Top 10 African players who gave excitement during the time of World Cups.
FIFA World Cup is undoubtedly the most prominent soccer tournament in the world. So playing on its field even just a second is one of the moments that a soccer player could treasure on their lifetime as they play on their passion. Every football player will definitely want to be included in their own respective national team to prove their soccer might to billion of fans around the world.
Another continent that is known for the home of the football players is the Africa. In this short review of the World Cup history of soccer, we will have a glimpse to those players who had played the longest minutes in the final tournament of soccer World Cup.
10. Kwadwo Asamoah
On this last spot of our review will be given to the midfielder of Ghana who appeared in the 2010 and 2014 World Cup, and who participated for eight matches in his two appearances. Asamoah had played for a total of 748 minutes in the FIFA World Cup history.
Next on the list is the Nigerian goalkeeper who appeared in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup and played eight matches (five of it was under his captaincy). Rufai had been on the side of the goal for a total of 750 minutes in World Cup history.
8-6. Thomas N’Kono, Stephen Tataw and John Mensah
Landing on equal minutes for this spots are the two defenders and one goalkeeper.
The goalkeeper from Cameroon, Thomas N’Kono, who captained three of his eight matches he was on the field had set a record of 780 minutes on his World Cup appearances in 1982 and 1990.
Having the same minute’s record, the defender from Cameroon, Stephen Tataw, the 8-time captain of Cameroon in his eight matches he took part in, in his appearances during the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cup.
To complete the players on this list, another defender from Ghana, John Mensah, had set the same record with N’Kono and Tataw, in the eight matches (three of it was under his captaincy) he participated during the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup.
5. Yaya Touré
Running with a record of 810 minutes in his nine matches (two of it was under his captaincy) he joined in during his appearances in 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup, this midfielder from Ivory Coast had also net in one goal.
4. Joseph Yobo
Having played for ten matches (five of it was under his captaincy) in his appearances during the 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup, this Nigerian defender had run for a total of 827 minutes in the World Cup history.
3. John Paintsil
Another defending player from Ghana who played 11 matches in his appearances during the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup had establish a 870 minutes of running in the World Cup history.
2. Francois Omam-Biyick
Next to the first spot to the top 10 player who played the longest minutes in the FIFA World Cup for the continent of Africa is the 3-time captain of Cameroon during the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cup with a total of 11 matches played in which he run for a sum of 1019 minutes in his World Cup career.
1. Asamoah Gyan
Stepping on the spotlight for the first spot of the top 10 players who played the longest minutes in FIFA World Cup for the land mass of Africa is the forward player from Ghana who kicked in six goals in his 11 matches (three of it was under his captaincy) during the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup in which he had earned 1023 minutes of running in the pitch of the most anticipated soccer tournament.
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