Ranking the 5 Best African Players in the 2012-13 English Premier League Season

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Ranking the 5 Best African Players in the 2012-13 English Premier League Season
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One of the wonderful things about football is that players from all across the world are free to ply their trade wherever they like. The English Premier League has one of the most diverse collections of players around, and the league benefits from it.

In the season that's just finished, 2012-13, some very good players, like Wigan's Arouna Kone (pictured), might have slipped under your radar because of the focus on the likes of Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard.

For this article, I've decided to take a look at the five best African players from the 2012-13 season. In each slide, I'll explain why the player is ranked in the position he is. Each player's ranking in the list has been determined by the overall quality of their performances, as well as how they helped their team during the season.

The five players who have made it on to this list are the ones who impressed me the most and, as usual, we'll probably have different opinions. It doesn't make my picks right, or your picks wrong. What it does is create healthy debate, which is what these kinds of lists are all about.

Before we get started, let's run through some honourable mentions to players who didn't quite make the final cut.

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