Chelsea’s Mendy May Become First African Goalkeeper To Win Champions League

Edouard Mendy

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy will become first African goalkeeper to win a Champions League title, in its current form, if Chelsea beat Manchester City in tonight’s final.

According to records, Zimbabwe’s Bruce Grobbelaar won the titles during the European Cup era in 1984 with Liverpool.

As far back as 37 years ago, Zimbabwe goalkeeper Grobbelaar became the first African player to feature in a European Cup final, with the Liverpool stopper influential as the Reds defeated AS Roma on penalties in 1984.

He was almost a two-time winner, only for Liverpool to fall short against Juventus in the 1985 final.

Mendy’s Senegal countryman Tony Sylva, understudy to Flavio Roma in the AS Monaco team that were defeated by Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto in the 2005 final, was the next African keeper who came closest to the title.

For Sylva, the presence of role models — pioneering Cameroon goalkeepers Joseph-Antoine Bell and Thomas N’Kono — was a key reason why he believed that a career in Europe as a goalkeeper was possible as a youngster.

Earlier, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said the club are set to be at full strength for Saturday’s Champions League final against Manchester City with N’Golo Kante and goalkeeper Mendy having now fully shaken off injury problems in the run-up to the game.

For Sylva, the presence of role models — pioneering Cameroon goalkeepers Joseph-Antoine Bell and Thomas N’Kono — was a key reason why he believed that a career in Europe as a goalkeeper was possible as a youngster.

Earlier, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said the club are set to be at full strength for Saturday’s Champions League final against Manchester City with N’Golo Kante and goalkeeper Mendy having now fully shaken off injury problems in the run-up to the game.

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