The Africa Cup of Nations brings out some of the best talents the continent has to offer, and occasionally, it can be a family affair- iDiski Times takes a look at some of the brothers who starred together at the biennial event.
Among many brothers who played and still playing together, Africa has produced, are the Ghanaians most and highly talented forwards, Jordan and Andre Ayew.
The Ayew’s played at the AFCON together four times so far, in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019 – which they were runners-up to Côte d’Ivoire in 2015.
The national team captain, Andre, who plays in Qatar at Al Sadd and Jordan who plies his trade at Crystal Palace in the Premier League will be playing in the upcoming AFCON – which will be hosted in Cameroon and will take place from 9 January to 6 February 2022.
Also in Ghana, the two talented strikers born in the family of Gyan were Baffour and Asamoah—they have played professional football as strikers in their respective clubs and in the national team.
Asamoah, who had announced his retirement from international football in 2019 after the Africa Cup of Nations, has last played for Legon Cities FC, while his brother Baffour has retired in 2013.
The former captain of Ghana and the all-time leading goalscorer, Asamoah and his brother have last worn Ghana shirts together in 2008 and the Black Stars lost 1-0 to Cameroon in the Semi-final of the AFCON.
The West Africans had many brothers in football as Richard and Laryea Kingson also hail from there – the big brother, Richard, played as a goalkeeper and currently serves as a goalkeeper coach for the national team.
With his younger brother, Laryea was an attacking midfielder and every so often a right-winger – the two were also in the team that played a part in 2008 in the AFCON.
Richard was the third goalkeeper in the team during 2008, they both played in Europe and retired from football in 2016.
The Traore name is very famous in world football, more especially in Africa, Alain, and Bertrand Traore are among the best African footballers, who played together between 2015 and 2017 in the biggest African national cup.
Alain (32), the older brother, plies his trade at Arta/Solar7 as a striker—while his young brother Bertrand (26) is also a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Aston Villa.
The Yatabare brothers, Sambou (32) and Mustapha (35) are also some of the footballers who made their names in African football.
Sambou plays as a midfielder for French League 2 Club Valenciennes, while Mustapha, the elder brother, plays as a forward for Süper Lig club Sivasspor – they were born in France, but represent Mali at international level.
The Yatabare’s have represented Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and 2017, in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon respectively.
Africa had also produced footballers whom one cannot forget in history, the Zambians brothers, Christopher and Felix Katongo who used to terrorize defenders in their playing times, they enjoyed a successful era in both Africa and Europe – both of them were known as dangerous players at South Africa’s Jomo Cosmos FC two decades ago.
The retired elder brother, had at international level assembled over 100 caps between 2003 and 2016, and Felix made 68 appearances between 2004 and 2016 for the Zambia national team – but they played together in the AFCON in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
The Zimbabweans international brothers, who used to run around each other in the national team doing what they love, were Peter and Adam Ndlovu.
Peter, the current team manager at Mamelodi Sundowns, had scored 37 international goals for his National Team – he featured alongside his big brother Adam in the 2004 AFCON in Tunisia.
In the very same year, 2004, Oumar and Seidath Tchomogo were representing Benin in the tournament, and it was the only year to feature together in the big African tournament.
Other siblings from the mother continent, who made names for themselves across different leagues in the world and played together in AFCON, are the Togolese born footballers Bachirou and Tadjou Salou.
Bachirou, though, had possessed double nationality of Togo and Germany but represented Togo with his late younger brother in the 2000 AFCON Cup, which was co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria, who jointly replaced Zimbabwe as host.
Sierra Leone had a strong squad in the 1996 African Cup of Nations – with Musa Kallon, the now-retired and current coach in Sierra Leone – he played with his younger brother Mohamed Kallon, who was one of the most skilful Sierra Leonean strikers at the time.