Fatawu, El Arouch, Doké, the future African stars according to The Guardian
As every year, the media The Guardian publishes a list of 60 players under the age of 17 that it considers the most promising. Here are the African nuggets in this 2021 list.
After citing Sekou Koita in 2016, Erling Haaland, Timothy Weah in 2017 and Ansu Fati, Eduardo Camavinga in 2019, The Guardian is once again releasing its annual list of players who could be stars tomorrow. Togolese Josué Doké, Ivorian Karim Konaté, Ghanaian Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Franco-Algerian Bouanani and Franco-Moroccan Mohamed El Arouch are in this year’s squad.
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku
This is undoubtedly one of the great hopes of Ghana and the African continent. The Tamale native was particularly effective during the 2021 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations where he was named best player of the tournament. Although playing only in the Ghanaian second division, he has already been selected for the senior Black Stars.
Mohamed el arouch
The playmaker who played for France in the youth teams became the first player of the 2004 Lyon generation to sign as a professional this summer. The player made a few appearances in the preseason for the first team, under Petr Bosz. He is also a specialist in free kicks.
Regularly summoned to the Togo national team under the Claude Le Roy era, Josué Doké made his debut with the Hawks at only 16 years old. With his 4 caps and a goal, the winger remains a serious talent to watch. He continues to improve with his club in Ghana, the West African Football Academy.
At 17, Karim Konaté is a complete striker who can play on the front row and who can score goals with both head and toe. After playing a full season with ASEC, Konaté was called up by Patrice Beaumelle to make the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with the Ivory Coast senior national team in March 2021.
Born in Conakry, the Guinean who also has Australian nationality is known in Australia for his speed. He can run up to 36 km / h, but has so far only two starts in the senior team. In February 2020, he became the youngest goalscorer in the Australian Premier League at 15 years and 326 days. He should continue to progress in this country before surely taking the road outside.
Next December, Badredine Bouanani will be 17 years old. The Algerian-born Frenchman impressed the France Under-18 team this year with one goal and two assists in a tournament that also included Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. Usually used as a second striker, he joined Lille at the age of 11. It was in 2019 that Bouanani stood out with his 4 goals and 5 assists in his first two matches with Lille’s Under-17s.
Also note the presence of the young German of Cameroonian origin Youssoufa Moukoko, who has already broken records of precocity in the Bundesliga.
Africans in The Guardian’s list
- Mohamed el arouch
- Abdul Fatawu Issahaku
- Badredine Bouanani
- Joshua Doké
- Karim konate
- Mohamed toure