On November 21st, 2022, the African nations of Morocco, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, and Tunisia, will line up alongside other nations from different parts of the world for the quadrennial FIFA World Cup contest in the gulf nation of Qatar.
Africa’s five representatives at the world’s biggest football stage will be looking to advance Africa’s fortunes beyond the Quarterfinal stage achieved by Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.
The five African nations will be competing alongside 27 other teams who will be looking to claim the FIFA World Cup crown from France.
The last time the FIFA World Cup was played on the Asian continent was in 2002. At that time, online bet games were not readily available like we have them now. Twenty years ago, the nations of Korea and Japan hosted the FIFA World Cup.
At the World Cup tournament, Senegal outperformed other African nations to reach the Quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup for the first time. Senegal failed to advance to the Semi-Finals due to a golden goal scored by Ilhan Mansiz.
After two decades, the FIFA World Cup has returned to the Asian continent. Could this be Africa’s chance to win the much-coveted trophy?
Top African Players to Watch at the FIFA World Cup
African fans are gearing up for the World Cup in Qatar. Many small business owners are already saving up for the tournament happening in November.
Here are the top football stars from Africa that will be the center of attraction at the FIFA World Cup:
The Moroccan right-wing-back plies his trade with Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain. Hakimi is a bundle of talent on the right-wing.
His trademark crosses and set-piece ability make him a dangerous threat down the right-wing. Hakimi enjoyed relative success with PSG in the just-concluded season. He will be looking to capitalize on his fine form to boost Morocco’s chances at the World Cup in Qatar.
Sadio Mane has been in the news lately for wanting to move away from Liverpool. Bayern Munich seems to be his likely destination.
Still, the current African Footballer of the Year could end up with multiple suitors. Mane ranks high amongst the top forwards in world football today.
He played a brilliant role in Liverpool’s domestic FA Cup and Capital One Cup successes. He was also an important player in Liverpool’s narrow miss in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
Sadio Mane is touted by many to be a contender for the Ballon D’Or title this year. After guiding Senegal to win the AFCON title, he will relish the chance to push his country towards more silverware at the FIFA World Cup in November.
The Arsenal Midfielder is an important player for the Black Stars of Ghana. Partey’s presence in the middle of the pack helped Ghana qualify over Nigeria for the World Cup in Qatar.
In Qatar, Partey will be looking forward to bossing the midfield and marshaling the Ghanaian defense against Ghana’s opponents.
Partey is also an offensive threat for Ghana, and opponents must be wary of his deep-lying playmaking.
Aboubakar will lead Cameroon’s front line in Qatar. The Golden Boot winner at the 2021 AFCON tournament will be looking to deliver goals for Cameroon.
Aboubakar, who currently plays for Saudi club Al Nassr, is already familiar with the Western Asia terrain. His proven goal-scoring record should help secure the points for Cameroon.
The Tunisian central defender is a delight on the ball. Bronn captains the Tunisian national team and his club, FC Metz.
He is a calm influence on the ball. He is valuable to the Tunisian national team because of the multiple roles he can play comfortably.
Bronn featured for Tunisia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where he scored one goal against Belgium. In Qatar, Bronn’s leadership can make a difference for Tunisia.
Africa is rife with football talent, and the FIFA World Cup will once again host the biggest African soccer stars.
These stars will be backed by the support of Africa’s loving football fans, who will hope that they perform excellently to lift their nations and the continent high.