Wednesday Dec 23, 2020. 09:19
The year 2020 has seen the rise of immensely talented African goalkeepers, who have grabbed the limelight. AfricanFootball.com takes a look at the top five African shot-stoppers in 2020.
5. Denis Onyango – Uganda
The Uganda captain remains one of the best keepers on African continent having played an instrumental role in helping his South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns clinch an historic domestic treble – lifting the Absa Premiership title, Nedbank Cup and Nedbank Cup in the 2019/20 season.
Renowned for his penalty-saving and his play in one-on-one situations, the 2016 CAF African-based African Player of the year also helped Sundowns reach the 2019/20 CAF Champions League quarterfinal where they were eliminated by eventual champions Al Ahly.
4. Mohamed El Shenawy – Egypt
The Egypt international is arguably the best keeper on the African continent at the moment, having played an integral role in helping Al Ahly secure a treble – clinching the Egyptian Premier League title, Egyptian Cup and CAF Champions League trophy in the 2019/20 campaign.
A lanky athletic, agile, brave, physically strong, and well-rounded keeper, with a strong mentality, El Shenawy impressively kept 24 clean sheets from 30 domestic league games and four clean sheets from 11 matches in the Champions League.
3. Alfred Gomis – Senegal
The Senegal second-choice keeper had a solid first season in the French Ligue 1 for Dijon FCO where he was the first-choice and he played a total of 21 games and kept seven clean sheets in the process, before the campaign was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A well-travelled player, who started his football career in Italy, Gomis helped Dijon avoid relegation and his exploits earned him a move to Ligue 1 side Rennes where he has been able to make his UEFA Champions League debut, having replaced his compatriot Edouard Mendy at the club.
2. Edouard Mendy – Senegal
The Senegal number one keeper was one of the best shot-stoppers in the French Ligue 1 during the 2019/20 season – keeping 13 clean sheets from 33 matches for Rennes which saw the team qualify for the UEFA Champions League after finishing third in the league.
Considered by some as the best African keeper at the moment, Mendy was signed by English giants Chelsea in September 2020 and his clean sheet against Burnley in October 2020 made him the first Chelsea goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in their first three Premier League matches since Petr Cech in 2004.
1. Andre Onana – Cameroon
The Cameroon international remains a reliable keeper for Ajax Amsterdam having played 39 matches across all competitions for the Dutch giants during the 2019/20 season and he kept an impressive 15 clean sheets in the process.
Widely considered to be one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, Onana looked destined to play a key role in helping Ajax clinch their second successive Eredivisie title before the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he has been in excellent form this term, having kept seven clean sheets from 13 league games thus far.