I think it’s fair to say that this season has been a good one for African football in the Football League. Taarabt at QPR has been the standout player in the Championship and has rightly won many plaudits for his performances in a QPR shirt.
In goal I have selected 34 year old Cape Verdian Jose Veiga of Macclesfield Town. He’s been a first team regular for the Silkmen this season and was selected mainly because I believe he’s the only African goalkeeper playing his football in the bottom three tiers in England at the moment.
The back three is an uncompromising one. Aaron Mokoena (Porstmouth & South Africa), Ibrahima Sonko (Portsmouth & Senegal) and Sol Bamba (Leicester City & Ivory Coast) will be looking to repel any opposition attacks. In front of the back three I have chosen two central midfielders in Nigerian Seyi Olofinjana who spent the season on loan at Cardiff City from Hull and Nadjim Abdou of Millwall and Comoros.
On the wings are two of the Championship’s most effective players. Max Gradel of Ivory Coast and Leeds has scored a remarkable amount of goals from midfield whilst Mali’s Jimmy Kebe was part of the reason why Reading went so long unbeaten near the end of the season. In attack we have a pairing of Leicester City & Nigeria’s Yakubu and Ghana’s Patrick Agyemang who appeared on a few ocassions for Neil Warnock’s QPR this season.