BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017: Africa’s top 10 Premier League moments

Afoty archive: Ndlovu’s brilliant solo goal

Earlier this year, the English Premier League celebrated its 25th birthday.

For the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year season, BBC Africa Sport has selected the top 10 unforgettable African moments in Premier League history.

Unforgettable – not greatest – so if you want to let us know what we have missed out, you can have your say at the bottom of the page:

1992 – Peter Ndlovu (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe’s Peter Ndlovu was the first African to both play and score in the Premier League

On 19 August 1992, four days after the first round of Premier League games, Zimbabwe’s Peter Ndlovu made history. Coming on as a second-half substitute against Tottenham Hotspur, the Coventry City striker became the first African to play in the Premier League.

Nearly 300 Africans have followed him.

For the record, Coventry won 2-0 – and Africa’s first goal in the Premier League came on 2 September, when Ndlovu netted in a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

1995 – Tony Yeboah (Ghana)

Ghana’s Tony Yeboah celebrates his goal against Wimbledon for Leeds in 1995

There have been some incredible goals scored in the Premier League – Ghanaian Michael Essien’s blockbuster against Arsenal (2006), an incredible strike from Senegal’s Papiss Cisse against Chelsea (2012) and Ivorian Cheick Tiote’s piledriver to secure a 4-4 draw against Arsenal (2011).

Then there are Tony Yeboah’s goals.

His sensational volley against Liverpool in August 1995 will never be forgotten – Yeboah describes it as his favourite – but it was his blistering strike at Wimbledon the following month that was named goal of the season.

1996 – Ali Dia (Senegal)

The story of how Senegal’s Ali Dia managed to play for Southampton is a source of wonder

Just over two decades ago, Senegal’s Ali Dia somehow blagged his way into the Southampton first team.

The story goes that a man masquerading as George Weah, the only African to be crowned Fifa’s World Footballer of the Year, phoned around England’s leading clubs before striking gold with Saints boss Graeme Souness, who was led to believe ‘Weah’s cousin’ was a) rather useful b) had played with the Liberian at Paris St-Germain.

Amidst a striker shortage, Dia was thrust on as a substitute against Leeds United. The student lasted 53 minutes before being subbed, and leaving the Premier League for good.

Last year, the Bleacher Report tracked him down