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12 Talented Africans To Never Play In Europe

Not every great African footballer has taken his career to Europe, and today we focus on 12 of them. Take a look through our gallery, which includes six South Africans and a Zambian striker who was believed to have scored over 100 goals in a calendar year.

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Many believe that making it in Europe is the greatest achievement for any African footballer, although there are those who have enjoyed success by either remaining in Africa, or trying their hand in places such as the US or Abu Dhabi.  

Siphiwe Tshabalala, Teko Modise, Oupa Manyisa and Itumeleng Khune are among the best stars in Mzansi to have never played professionally in Europe, along with South African legends Doctor Khumalo and Patrick 'Ace' Ntsoelengoe.

Khumalo and Ntsoelengoe did, however, take their careers abroad, with the former having played in Argentina and America, and the latter having starred in America and Canada, and very successfully too.

The late Godfrey Chitalu, a former Zambia international, is another African who could perhaps have received more recognition had he played in Europe, and according to reported statistics, he might have fared well on foreign soil.

It is believed that Chitalu, whose whole playing career was spent in Zambia, scored over 100 goals in 1972, which is more than Lionel Messi's 91 strikes in 2012 – a tally that is often referred to as a world record for goals scored by a single player in a calendar year.

Former Congo international Tresor Mputu is another great African talent who never played on European soil, along with Egyptian stars Mohamed Aboutrika and Wael Gomaa. Both stars earned themselves worldwide recognition, with Gomaa said to be Africa's most decorated player.

Former Nigeria international Segun Odegbami is widely regarded as one of the country's greatest players ever despite never leaving Africa, while Algerian Lakhdar Belloumi is also included in our gallery.

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Belloumi represented his nation 100 times, and is believed to have scored over 200 club career goals from midfield. 

Which other Africans do you think would have done well in Europe? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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