Picking Harry Redknapp's Dream African Five-a-side team

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Throughout Harry Redknapp's long and storied managerial career, the Birmingham City boss has a long track record of signing some of Africa's top talents.

Ogenyi Onazi's move to St. Andrew's may have fallen apart due to the Nigeria international's failure to get a work permit and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu opted for Bursaspor, but the Blues' signing of Cheikh Ndoye from Angers earlier in the campaign could yet be one of the deals of the summer.

Ahead of Birmingham's meeting with Burton Albion on Saturday-KweséESPN's Championship Match of the Weekend-we've picked out an all-time dream five-a-side team of African players to have featured under Redknapp.

Honourable mentions must go to Papa Bouba Diop, Sulley Muntari, Yakubu, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Emmanuel Adebayor, all of whom miss out on this elite selection.

Rigobert Song: The first of three Cameroonian players in this dream five-a-side team, Song would surely be captain for this team - and the team's on-field motivator.

He never really thrived in the Premier League, either with Liverpool or under Redknapp at West Ham United, but won two Turkish titles with Galatasaray.

The centre-back did represent Cameroon at four World Cups - being sent off in two - and in eight Africa Cup of Nations competitions, winning the title in 2000 and 2002.

No player has represented the Indomitable Lions more often.

Lauren was a key part of two excellent sides, the Cameroon team that won two Nations Cups and an Olympic gold medal at the turn of the century and, after being converted into a right-back by Arsene Wenger, Arsenal's Invincibles.

He won two Premier League titles and a host of FA Cups with Arsenal, before joining Redknapp at Portsmouth.

Injuries ultimately stymied his progress on the south coast - and he was ultimately replaced by Glen Johnson - but he was part of the squad that won an unexpected FA Cup in 2008.

Marc-Vivien Foe's career may have been overshadowed by his tragic death while in action for Cameroon at the 2003 Confederations Cup, but it's worth remembering just what an exceptional box-to-box midfielder he was.

Despite being wanted by Manchester United ahead of the 1998 World Cup, Foe joined Redknapp's West Ham in 1999 before moving onto Olympique Lyonnais where he would win one of two Ligue 1 titles.

Foe offered magnificent energy and work rate in the midfield, while he could also distribute the ball intelligently, and was a key part of the great Indomitable Lions side that won two African titles and the Olympic gold.

Nwankwo Kanu: One of the most exquisite talents produced by Africa, there aren't too many players to have emerged from the continent who can match the Nigerian for skill...and certainly not for silverware!

Kanu was unpredictable, and was capable of genius - witness his 15-minute hat-trick against Chelsea in the 1999-2000 season - before reinventing his game at West Bromwich Albion.

Individually, he was honoured with the African Player of the Year award on two occasions, and won a host of honours including the Premier League title, the Champions League, the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold medal.

Perhaps the only missing silverware was the Nations Cup, although he did reach the final with the Super Eagles in 2000. He played under Redknapp at Portsmouth.

Freddie Kanoute and Redknapp overlapped only briefly at West Ham during the 2000-01 season, when the forward wasn't an overwhelming success. He initially struggled to adapt to life in England, where moments of genius were all too often succeeded by anonymous performances or a perceived lack of application.

However, while his promising partnership with Paolo Di Canio never truly realised its potential, Kanoute would go on to affirm his quality with Sevilla, where he won two Spanish Cups and two UEFA Cups.

In 2007 - surely the finest year of his career - he was named African Footballer of the Year, becoming the first player born outside the continent to win the prize, while he was also joint top scorer at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations with Mali.