English Premier League side Chelsea has confirmed signing Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The shot stopper from French Ligue 1 Rennes has penned a five-year deal to join Frank Lampard’s Blue Army.
He is expected to beat embattled Kepa Arrizabalaga to the starting place in the team, while Willy Caballero is the other goalie to give a push.
Africa has produced some of the best goalkeepers but few have made the Premier League grade (1992 to date).
To be specific, Mendy is the fourth goalkeeper to grace the English top flight.
Zimbabwean Bruce Grobbelaar who featured for Liverpool and Southampton from 1992 to 1996, opened the door. He had played for the Kops and won first division titles before the division changed name to Premier League.
Richard Kingston, former vice-captain for the Ghana national football team, represented Birmingham, Wigan and Blackpool in 2007-9 and 2010-11.
Carl Ikeme, the Nigerian, played for Wolves in the 2011/12 season. He had won the Championship and League One before making just one Premier League appearance in 2012. His career at Wolves was highlighted with many loan spells at about eight different clubs.
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Although born in France, Mendy opted to represent Senegal – the country of birth of his mother – at international level and has seven caps for the West African country. His father is of Guinea-Bissau descent and Mendy did actually represent that country in a friendly match against Portugal in 2016. He declined an invitation to commit to playing for Guinea-Bissau at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and later made his debut for Senegal in 2018.