11.09 2018

Africa, bearer of great hopes of Football

Image Africa, bearer of great hopes of Football

The scouts of the big European clubs track young players in Africa and send them to Europe. The success of the training of young footballers is illustrated by their integration into the U-15, U-17, U-19 and U-20 national teams of European nations such as France, England, Belgium.

The potential of African Footballers

A sports pool

The success of African-American athletes at the 1936 Olympic Games revealed to the world the full potential of Africans in sport. Sport has become one of the means to express the prestige of a country, the colonial powers of the times have followed in the footsteps of the Americans. The United Kingdom and France then made Africa a breeding ground for sports in general and particularly in athletics and football. Admittedly, players of African origin were already playing well before that date, but this orientation of sports policy dates from this time.

Physical players

African players stand out for their physical conditions. While having an important abundant skills and a vision of game acquired through their experience, they become  exceptional players. This is the case of defender Kalidou Koulibaly (1m95) who brings serenity to the back lines of Naples. Yaya Touré (1m88), the multiple African golden ball, is distinguished by its power and technicality that ensures the balance of the midfield. For his part, Didier Drogba (1m89) represents a permanent danger for the opposing team.

Young talents and national selections

Technical players

Despite these physical archetypes, African players also stand out with other profiles. This is the case of Nigerian midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha who is distinguished by his illuminated dribbles and passes. On the wings, Riyad Mahrez and Mohamed Salah smash the opposing defenses thanks to their speeds and their drible quality. In short, whatever the position, African players have talent to excel in the major European teams.

Young home-grown talent

This is the reason why the big football clubs in Europe are investing to find nuggets in Africa. Once detected, these players integrate at a young age training centers in Europe. This is where most of them find the structures and conditions to thrive while learning the culture of high performance.

Difficult choices

The best players have the choice between European selections and African selections. Previously, the choice for Europe was obvious. This is for example the case of Sami Khedira who plays for Germany, but who could have played for Tunisia. However, the binational players who opt for Africa are becoming more numerous. This is the case of :

  • Ryad Mahrez (Algeria)
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
  • Serge Aurier et Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Kalidou Koulibaly (Sénégal)
  • Mehdi Benatia (Morocco)

    Investing in training

    Moreover, African football leaders like Tarek Bouchamaoui are aware of the importance of training centers. This is how we find teams that invest in training young people. This is the case of the Mimosifcom Academy, affiliated with the ASEC Abidjan, which managed to train players like the Touré brothers. In Tunisia, the Planet Foot Academy training center focuses on the young people of the country to find the future stars of the continent. In any case, Tarek Bouchamaoui, fans of African football know they must develop training centers in Africa so that young people can integrate African selections. Perhaps the emergence of African clubs at the global level also passes by.