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African stars shine in La Liga; there’s no doubt about it.
It’s no secret that African football is on the rise and leagues all over the world are seeing more and more African talent at their clubs – to celebrate the rise of African talent in La Liga, we’re giving YOU the opportunity to WIN a home kit of the La Liga club of your choice… sound good? Continue reading for more…
More than half of LaLiga teams had at least one African player in their 2018/19 squad with talent from Nigeria, Morocco, Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana featuring prominently in the league. We’ve scoured last season’s statistics and have shortlisted several African players that are shaking up the Spanish stage.
Join us at we look at the Top Six African Players to Watch This Season in LaLiga.
Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze
Date of birth: 22 May 1999
Club team: Villareal
National team: Nigeria
2018 Nigerian Young Player of the Year, Samuel Chukwueze, is set for another glittering season in LaLiga. The 19-year-old bagged five goals and two assists for his side, Villarreal, in his first full campaign in a major European league. The Nigerian Football Federation named Chukwueze the Young Player of the Year shortly after his first full league debut in November, the same month as his Super Eagles debut against Uganda. As the youngest scorer in the 2019 edition of the AFCON tournament, manager of the Nigerian national side, Gernot Rohr, has big plans for this talent.
Date of birth: 22 October 1991
Club team: Real Betis
National team: Algeria
Position: Centre Back
After climbing the ranks of the French Ligue 2 and Ligue 1, Mandi was one of the revelations of the Algerian national team during the team’s romp at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In 2016, Mandi signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Real Betis, and now that he’s found his feet, the 2018/2019 season saw the Algerian defender taking his passing game to new heights. Mandi finished the season with a steady pass completion rate of 92.6%. The only men to surpass Mandi’s sure-footedness were Barcelona’s Arthur and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos.
Date of birth: 4 October 1998
Club team: FC Barcelona
National team: Senegal
Position: Right Back
Just 20 years of age, Senegalese defender, Moussa Wagué has already scored at a World Cup and played for the Barcelona first team. He also holds the title as the youngest African goal-scorer in World Cup history when he scored in Senegal’s match against Japan.
More recently, Wagué represented Senegal in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he made three appearances for Senegal, helping his squad reach the final of the competition. Wague has now turned his attention to a new campaign with the Catalan giants, Barcelona where the right-back will be hoping to secure more playing time in the 2019-20 season. He’ll look to secure a starting position ahead of teammates Sergi Roberto and Nélson Semedo.
Karl Brilliant Toko Ekambi
Date of birth: 14 September 1992
Club team: Villarreal
National team: Cameroon
Karl Toko Ekambi began his career in France, playing for a handful of French side. During his time at one of in Ligue 1, for Angers, Toko-Ekambi scored a whopping nine goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances in the first half of the season, then later playing a crucial part in Angers’ bid to avoid relegation. In the 2018/19 season, the Cameroonian striker finished the season with an impressive 18 goals and looks set to maintain his impressive form for The Yellow Submarine.
Thomas Teye Partey
Date of birth: 13 June 1993
Club team: Atlético Madrid
National team: Ghana
Position: Defensive midfielder
Born in Krobo Odumase in Eastern Ghana, Thomas moved to Spain in 2011, when he signed a contract with Atlético Madrid. After successful loan periods at Mallorca and Almería, Partey broke into the Atleti squad in 2015 where he has thrived ever since. His technical ability is up there with some of the best midfielders in the world, and he shows glimmers of unparalleled spatial awareness. At 26, the central midfielder should have his best years still ahead of him—albeit at an Atleti side in transition. We can expect him to be a key man for both Ghana and Atletico for years to come.
Date of birth: 1 June 1997
Club team: Leganés
National team: Morocco
En-Nesyri started his career in Spain when he joined Málaga CF in 2015. Initially assigned to the youth squad, he scored on his senior debut for the reserves just one year later. After racking up six goals during the pre-season, En-Nesyri agreed to extend his contract for four more years until 2020. Three days later, he made his La Liga debut as a substitute for Keko against RCD Espanyol.
Last year En-Nesyri signed with CD Leganés and demonstrated his ability by netting a hat-trick in a game against Real Betis. That day, En-Nesyri went down in history as the first Leganés to do so in La Liga. The Fez native then turned heads in LaLiga Santander as he finished the season as the side’s top goal scorer.
Throughout the upcoming LaLiga campaign, keep an eye out for the tantalizing clashes between international teammates from African countries. The odds are strong that next Samuel Eto’o is plying his trade in LaLiga this very minute, and with a growing number of African prospects finding success in LaLiga, it’s shaping up to be a season with a distinctly African flair.
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