The “Golden Girl” as she was fondly nicknamed by Zimbabwean President, is a former world record holder in the swimming event.
A former South African swimmer, Penelope “Penny” Heyns is considered to be one of the greatest female breaststroke swimmers of all time.
South African Charles Lyndhurst Winslow was a three-time Olympic tennis medalist who won two Gold medals: Men’s Singles and Doubles at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
Ethiopian-born Haile Gebrselassie, is a long-distance track and road running athlete, who won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the even
Winner of multiple steeplechase events, Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi is a magnificent Kenyan athlete. He won the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympics and also went on to win it again at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Born in Cameroon, Françoise Mbango Etone is a female track and field athlete. Competing for her home country, she was the gold medalist in the triple jump at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Etone retained her title with an Olympic record distance of 15.39m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Love him or hate him, there’s little doubt that Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the greatest characters the African game has produced over the last decade.
Of course, his attitude and off-the-field problems occasionally detract from his talent, but it’s easy to forget that the West African was once Africa’s most expensive player.
He doesn’t have the honours of some of his peers across the continent, but Ade certainly has a remarkable story to tell.
Well known for his defensive skills, Cameroon’s Rigobert Song was a dynamic striker who always gave more to the soccer game than his body would allow. It comes as no surprise then that Cameroon’s Big Chief had to retire from the very sport which was his life as his body couldn’t take much more.
Zambia reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in style with two wins and a draw, and at the heart of their progress was captain Christopher Katongo.
As one of the first African players to play in Europe and Mexico, Kalusha Bwalya was a pioneering figure during his exceptional playing career.
Zambia's most-capped player and all-time top scorer represented his national team from 1983 to 2004, and played for Cercle Brugge and PSV Eindhoven in Belgium and Netherlands respectively before later enjoying stints with Mexican duo Club America and Necaxa.