Father’s Day Special: GOAL looks at African greats with famous footballing sons

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Abedi Pele & Jordan Ayew
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The world marked the special day dedicated to dads on Sunday but who are the legends from the continent that passed on their playing genes to their children?

As the world marked Father’s Day on Sunday there were a number of footballers who were thanking their fathers. GOAL’s Joel Omotto looks at the African greats who have famous footballing sons.

  1. Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew
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    Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew

    The three-time African Footballer of the Year is perhaps the man with the most famous sons in Africa going by the exploits of Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew and Jordan Ayew. Their brother Ibrahim is also a footballer. Andre 32, and Jordan, 30, were born in Marseille, France when their father was turning out for the Ligue 1 giants and like their dad, they also featured for the club. The two have had successful careers in France and England and even featured for Swansea City at the same time. Andre now plays for Qatar giants Al Sadd while Jordan turns out for Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

  2. George Weah

    George Weah

    The first and only African player to win the Ballon d’Or Award (in 1995), the Liberian President has passed on his footballing genes to his son Timothy who opted to represent the United States and not his father’s country. Weah senior was a revered striker who won titles in France with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain as well as Serie A with AC Milan and later turned out for Chelsea. Now playing for Lille, his 22-year-old son Timothy is also a forward and like his father, and started his career at PSG.

  3. Mike Okoth
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    Mike Okoth

    Kenya’s legendary striker Mike Okoth also ensured his goalscoring legacy would be carried on by his son, Divock Origi. Coming from a footballing family, it was no surprise that the apple did not fall far from the tree.

    Okoth was Kenya’s leading scorer before Dennis Oliech broke his record and his son might have continued the legacy had he not opted to play for his country of birth Belgium. Origi, who has left Liverpool after seven years that yielded 41 goals in 176 games, is reportedly headed to AC Milan.

  4. Souleyman Sane

    Souleyman Sane

    The former Senegal international was among the first African players in the Bundesliga when he represented Wattenscheid 09, a former German top-flight side, and it is from there that his son Leroy Sane was born 26 years ago.

    Born to a German mother, Leroy decided to represent Germany after coming through the youth ranks at Schalke 04. He moved from Schalke to Manchester City but is now back in Germany with Bayern Munich.

  5. Pierre Aubameyang

    Pierre Aubameyang

    The former Gabon midfielder is the father to Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang senior managed 29 caps for Gabon while featuring for French sides Le Havre, Toulouse and Nice among others and his son would turn out to be a lethal striker who has played for Saint-Etienne, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal before the switch to Spain.

    Recently retired from the national team, ‘Auba’ is his country’s leading scorer with 30 goals from 72 matches.

  6. Didier Drogba

    Didier Drogba

    Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba is also the proud father of 21-year-old Isaac Drogba who plays for Italian Serie D side Folgore Caratese.

    Like his father, Isaac also plays as a striker and followed in Didier’s footsteps by starting his career at Guingamp before moving to Academica Coimbra B in Portugal.