The world of football has seen African-born football legends like Samuel Eto, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Nwankwo Kanu, and many other great players thrived on the biggest of stages both on the continent and Europe alongside some of the best in the world.
But with the era of all of the players mentioned above all gone, there is a growing number of youngsters who’re gradually building a name for themselves in the world of football.
So the question is, who’re these youngsters that could set the world of football on fire with their talents as we start the new year afresh?
Top 5 African Youngsters To Watch In 2022
Felix Afena-Gyan – (AS Roma/Ghana)
The Ghanaian youngster’s progress has been quite evident under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho at Roma in recent time. Towards the end of last year, Afena-Gyan netted a brace in only his third Serie A appearance at Genoa, to inked his name in the heart of the Giallorossi fans.
Before now, the 18-year-old star was an unknown quantity but with the way he announced himself against Genoa, it’s crystal clear the young man has got something unique about his football.
With Ghana set to play at the Africa Cup of Nations set to commence in a few days, Afena-Gyan will be watching his nation’s top players represent the country in the comfort of his room while he also prepares himself off and on the pitch for future call up to represent the Black Stars.
Calvin Bassey – (Glasgow Rangers/Nigeria)
Bassey is no doubt one of the best fullbacks in the Scottish Premiership due to his current form for the Gers this season under the tutelage of the newly appointed boss, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.
Admittedly, the Rangers youngster is not a new kid on the block, but then his one of the top five youngsters football-loving fans should be on the lookout for in the year 2022 both for the national team and club.
Though Bassey is still uncapped by the Super Eagles, should he continue delivering consistent performance for his club then he might break into the team sooner or later and get to play for Nigeria?
Mohamed Bayo – (Clermont Foot/Guinea)
The Guinean international had not played top-flight football until this season, where he plays for Clermont in the Ligue 1 and he’s been pretty brilliant for his club in the league.
Bayo will hope to help his country navigate their hurdles once the Africa Cup of Nations commences, as such quite a lot of Clermont and Guinea fans will hope to see him hit the ground running for the team against their opponents.
Should he go on to set the tone at the AFCON with goals and impressive performances, perhaps that might open a bigger move in the new year for the youngster.
Kamaldeen Sulemana – (Rennes/Ghana)
As a curious football fans, you may be asking who is this Sulemana? Well, it’s quite simple to let tell you about the younger from Ghana.
Little was known about Sulemana before this season but the young attacker has grown to be one of the best standout players in the Rennes team this season.
The 19-year-old is one brilliant player who is very fast with the ball on his feet and likewise very aggressive when faced with top defenders in the league.
Sulemana is included in Ghana’s AFCON squad, so be on the lookout for him as he set to light up the biennial competition with his talent.
Pape Matar Sarr – (Tottenham Hotspurs/Senegal)
The Senegalese national team is often known to produce some of the best talents in world football, amongst these great players are the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Fadigal, Diop, Aliou Cisse, and a host of them.
But right now it’s all about the nextgen youngster Pape Matar Sarr who plies his trade in the English Premier League for Tottenham Hotspurs.
Sarr completes his move to the North London club in the summer and he will hope to impress the Spurs fans, as he gets to make a name for himself in the most lucrative and biggest league in world football.
All of the players listed above are still very young and their trajectory in 2021, it’s shows they will definitely want to do more compared to what they achieved last year in terms of their performances for their respective clubs.