On August 8th, Real Madrid and Man Utd would battle it out for the UEFA Super Cup. Real Madrid qualified for the tie by winning the 2017 C…
On August 8th, Real Madrid and Man Utd would battle it out for the UEFA Super Cup. Real Madrid qualified for the tie by winning the 2017 Champions League and Man Utd qualifying by being the 2017 Europa League holders.
Los Blancos have won the cup on three occasions with the Red Devils winning it once in 1991.
With powerhouses clashing for the cup, it is no surprise to know that great players have won the coveted cup since the tie was introduced over 40 years ago. Some of these players would include legendary household names from the African continent.
In chronological order, here are some of the greatest African players to win the UEFA Super Cup.
Kanu Nwankwo and Finidi George, 1995
Kanu Nwankwo and Finidi George would win the 1995 UEFA Super Cup with Ajax with the Dutch giants beating Real Zaragoza over two legs.
Both players had crucial roles to play in the 5-1 aggregate win over the Spanish opponents with Finidi getting on the scoresheet for Ajax.
Celestine Babayaro, Chelsea 1998
Energetic left back Celestine Babayaro would be part of the Chelsea squad that would lift the UEFA Super Cup in 1998.
The Blues would defeat Real Madrid 1-0 in the first one-off Super Cup match as changes saw the removal of two legs and introduction of a neutral venue.
Mohammed Sissoko, Valencia 2004, Liverpool 2005
The Black Ninja as popularly called would win two UEFA Super Cups with two different teams. The former Malian international won the first cup in a 1-0 victory over Porto in 2004 and would join Liverpool the following year.
He would win the cup with Liverpool when the Reds saw off Russian side CSKA Moscow with a 3-1 win.
Frederic Kanoute, Sevilla 2006
One of the biggest upsets in the tie, Sevilla thumped Barcelona 3-0 in the cup game. Barcelona were on the back of a successful campaign having defeated Arsenal in the Champions League final with Sevilla winning the Europa.
Malian international Kanoute would get on the scoresheet becoming the second African to do so since Finidi George.
Yaya Toure, Barcelona 2009
The Ivory Coast international would win the UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona in 2009.
The Catalan giants would lift the cup with a 1-0 win over Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
Seydou Keita, Barcelona 2009, 2011
Seydou Keita would be part of the Barcelona squad that would lift the UEFA Super Cup in 2009 and 2011.
The Malian international won the first of his double with a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk with the second coming in Barca’s 2-0 win over Porto.