Check out our ranking of the best African goalkeepers as we dive deep into some of the continent’s best experienced and emerging stars.
Andre Onana’s move to Manchester United in July 2023 highlighted the emergence of a new wave of top-class African goalkeepers. Several goalkeepers from the continent have played for top European clubs in recent seasons, winning a number of major trophies.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the best active goalkeepers who play for African national teams.
5- Munir 🇲🇦
Munir featured for several Spanish clubs after his breaking into UD Melilla’s senior team in 2010. His performances for Malaga earned him a place in Morocco’s national team, where he has made a total of 46 caps. Last summer, Munir ended his two-year spell at Turkish side Hatayspor to join Al-Wehda, where he has maintained a place as their No.1 keeper.
4- Mory Diaw 🇸🇳
Another experienced goalkeeper, Diaw, started his career in PSG’s youth ranks in the early 2010s. After a successful spell in the Swiss Super League with United Zürich and Lausanne-Sport, Diaw completed a transfer back to Ligue 1 in July 2022. The Senegal international has been playing as Clermont Foot’s first goalkeeper, keeping three clean sheets so far this season.
3- Edouard Mendy 🇸🇳
Mendy was another keeper who moved to Saudi Arabia during the 2023 summer. The transfer ended Mendy’s successful stint at Chelsea, which saw him win the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel in 2021. The former Rennes star also played a key role in Senegal’s triumph in the Africa Cup of Nations a year later. At 31 years old, the new Al Ahli goalkeeper still has an exciting portion of his career ahead of him.
2- Yassine Bounou 🇲🇦
Fans of Spanish football knew Bono as one of the most consistent goalkeepers in La Liga before his reputation grew during the 2022 World Cup. The Morocco international played a key role in the Atlas Lions’ fairytale journey to the World Cup semifinals. Bayern Munich were heavily linked with a move for Bono after the tournament, but he favoured a move to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal. The former Sevilla goalkeeper has found a fantastic start at his new club, keeping seven clean sheets in his first 11 appearances.
1- Andre Onana 🇨🇲
When Onana was handed a nine-month ban for breaking doping rules in 2021, not many could have imagined he would have such a fantastic comeback. Upon his return, Onana secured a move to Inter, where his incredible performances convinced Manchester United to sign him for £43.8m in July 2023. Having replaced David de Gea as United’s new No.1 keeper, Onana has had a mixed start at Old Trafford. However, the Cameroon international’s ball-playing abilities have already made him a key part of Erik ten Hag’s plans for the Red Devils.