The continent of Africa has been to home many incredibly talented footballers over the years. Be it in the World Cup or the African Cup of Nations, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Nigeria, Morocco, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria, South Africa, and Tunisia have delivered exciting performances.
Players like Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Michael Essien (Ghana), Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire), Sammy Kuffour (Ghana), Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire), Roger Milla (Cameroon), George Weah (Liberia), and Hossam Hassan (Egypt) have set the standard for anyone from the Africa who seeks legendary status in the world of football.
Now, we turn to the current wonderkids hailing from Africa, some of which might be able to etch out a legacy as spectacular as those listed above.
There’s a full slate of all of the best wonderkids from Africa in FIFA 20 at the foot of the article: those with the highest potential overall ratings feature in the main body of the article.
Choosing FIFA 20 Career Mode’s best African wonderkids
The most important aspect considered when picking the best African wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode is the potential overall rating.
Those that feature in the body of the article have the highest POT, with the others listed in the table at the foot of the article having a potential rating of at least 83. All players in the article are 22-years-old or younger at the start of FIFA 20 Career Mode.
All of the players who feature in this article are from nations within the continent of Africa.
Ismaïla Sarr (OVR 78 – POT 88)
Best Position: LW, LF, CF, RF, RW
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 88 POT
Value (Release Clause): £15 million (£32.1 million)
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 95 Acceleration, 94 Sprint Speed, 84 Shot Power
Over the last few years, Watford have experienced a fair bit of player turnover. Coming into this campaign, however, the Hornets decided to just bring in a few new faces, with the biggest signing being Ismaïla Sarr for £27 million from Stade Rennais.
It took the Senegalese winger a bit of time to make a case for the starting XI, with the early season troubles of the club not helping.
Sarr did, however, claw his way into the team by the end of November, with his incredible pace wreaking havoc down the right side. Before sustaining an injury, Sarr was on a streak of 11 consecutive games with three goals and three assists.
Much like in real-life, Sarr’s primary assets in Career Mode on FIFA 20 are his 95 acceleration, 94 sprint speed, and 79 agility. With that amount of speed, 83 dribbling, 84 shot power, and a mighty 88 POT, the 21-year-old is a tremendous weapon to have in the squad.
Victor Osimhen (OVR 77 – POT 88)
Best Position: LS, ST, RS
Overall/Potential: 77 OVR / 88 POT
Value (Release Clause): £14 million (£29.3 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 90 Sprint Speed, 81 Jumping, 80 Stamina
Still only 21-years-old, Victor Osimhen has already established himself as LOSC Lille’s top striker – despite the presence of Loïc Remy. With 12 goals and three assists from 24 matchdays, Osimhen sat fifth in Ligue 1 scoring, just behind Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Moussa Dembélé, and Wissam Ben Yedder.
Despite impressing with Belgian top-flight side RSC Charleroi with 20 goals in 36 games last season, few could have foreseen the Nigerian wonderkid clocking 17 goals and five assists through 34 games so soon after his £10.8 million move.
Osimhen starts FIFA 20’s Career Mode at 20-years-old with an overall rating of 77, which is nearly starting XI-worthy for most clubs in a top division.
That said, his 81 jumping, 90 sprint speed, 77 finishing, 77 heading accuracy, and 74 ball control make the Nigerian striker a great asset while he develops towards his gaudy 88 POT.
Achraf Hakimi (OVR 81 – POT 87)
Dortmund (on loan from Real Madrid)
Best Position: LM, LWB, LB, RB, RWB, RM
Overall/Potential: 81 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £19.5 million (N/A)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 96 Sprint Speed, 93 Acceleration, 86 Stamina
Featuring in the Real Madrid starting XI for a bunch of games in 2017/18 – having made his way up through the youth ranks – Achraf Hakimi was then sent out on a two-season loan spell to Borussia Dortmund, where he has gone from strength-to-strength.
Last season, the Spanish-born Moroccan played in 28 games and scored three goals and seven assists from left-back and right-back, with his debut season in the Bundesliga being cut short by injury. This season, he’s gone bigger and better, scoring six goals and nine assists in 32 games from left-back, right-back, left-mid, and right-mid.
In Career Mode, Hakimi can be deployed at any position down the left or right side, but you’ll want to keep in mind his right-footed nature and his three-star weak foot – as an RB.
Following the trend set so far here by the best African wonderkids, Hakimi is absurdly quick. The Moroccan international boasts loaded attribute ratings of 77 agility, 93 acceleration, 96 sprint speed, and 83 dribbling.
Wilfred Ndidi (OVR 83 – POT 87)
Best Position: LDM, CDM, RDM
Overall/Potential: 83 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £27.5 million (£54.2 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 92 Stamina, 90 Jumping, 88 Interceptions
Having forged the best defensive midfielder in the world, N’Golo Kante, Leicester City have been building up Wilfred Ndidi, crafting a player who is already one of the best in his position in the Premier League.
Still only 23-years-old, Ndidi has developed into an incredibly impressive midfielder. The leggy Nigerian is a clean-cut passer, tackles for the fun of it, and is superb at cutting out passes before they trouble the backline. He could do with working on his shooting accuracy a bit – even though the occasional belter is right on the money.
Given his performances, it’s a bit surprising to see Ndidi rated at just 83 overall, but his 87 POT rating makes him a go-to choice when looking to buy a DM wonderkid who’s first-team ready now and continues to improve.
Nigeria’s go-to defensive-minded midfielder already has several lofty ratings in Career Mode, including his 90 jumping, 92 stamina, 83 reactions, 87 aggression, 88 interceptions, 86 defensive awareness, 87 standing tackle, and 84 sliding tackle.
Hamed Junior Traoré (OVR 70 – POT 86)
Sassuolo (on loan from FC Empoli)
Best Position: LW, LF, LAM, FC, CAM, RF, RAM, RW
Overall/Potential: 70 OVR / 86 POT
Value (Release Clause): £3.4 million (N/A)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 78 Agility, 73 Shot Power, 73 Ball Control, 73 Dribbling
Having worked his way through the FC Empoli ranks since 2015, Hamed Junior Traoré was set to sign for Fiorentina from the since-relegated-team at the end of the 2018/19 season, but the deal fell through. Instead, to start this season, the Ivorian midfielder went out on loan to US Sassuolo on a two-year deal, with the Serie A club having the option to buy.
Having only just turned 20, Traoré is already proving himself to be a key piece of the mid-table club, starting in attacking midfield, central midfield, and on the right wing to clock four goals and an assist in 22 games.
The Ivorian comes in as one of the best African wonderkids in FIFA 20 purely because of his decent 86 POT rating. At the start of Career Mode, Traoré’s 70 OVR won’t win him many starts.
If you do play Traoré, you’ll want to capitalise on his best attribute ratings, which include his 71 short passing, 73 ball control, 73 dribbling, 71 jumping, 78 agility, 72 balance, and 73 shot power.
All the Best African Wonderkids in FIFA 20
Here’s the complete list of all of the best African wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode.
|Ismaïla Sarr||Senegal||Watford||21||78||88||RM, LM|
|Victor Osimhen||Nigeria||LOSC Lille||20||77||88||ST|
|Achraf Hakimi||Morocco||Borussia Dortmund (on loan from Real Madrid)||20||81||87||RB, LB|
|Wilfred Ndidi||Nigeria||Leicester City||22||83||87||CDM, CM|
|Hamed Junior Traoré||Côte d’Ivoire||Us Sassuolo (on loan from FC Empoli)||19||70||86||CAM, CM|
|Samuel Chukwueze||Nigeria||Villarreal CF||20||77||86||RM|
|Krépin Diatta||Senegal||Club Brugge KV||20||76||86||RM, LM|
|Ibrahim Sangaré||Côte d’Ivoire||Toulouse FC||21||76||85||CDM, CM|
|Amine Harit||Morocco||FC Schalke 04||22||78||85||CAM, CM, LM|
|Lassina Traoré||Burkina Faso||Ajax||18||68||84||ST|
|Mohammed Kudus||Ghana||FC Nordsjælland||18||69||84||CM|
|Patson Daka||Zambia||FC Red Bull Salzburg||20||75||84||ST|
|Emmanuel Dennis||Nigeria||Club Brugge KV||21||76||84||ST, RW, LW|
|Samuel Kalu||Nigeria||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||21||76||84||RM, LM, RW|
|Noussair Mazraoui||Morocco||Ajax||21||77||84||RB, CM|
|Christian Kouamé||Côte d’Ivoire||Genoa CFC||21||76||84||ST, CF|
|Henry Onyekuru||Nigeria||Galatasaray SK (on loan from AS Monaco)||22||77||84||LM, ST|
|Franck Yannick Kessié||Côte d’Ivoire||AC Milan||22||78||84||CM|
|Ismaël Bennacer||Algeria||AC Milan||21||74||84||CM, CDM|
|Moha Sanhaji||Morocco||CD Numancia||20||68||83||LM, RM|
|Edmond Tapsoba||Burkina Faso||Vitória Guimarães||20||73||83||CB|
|Silas Wamangituka||DR Congo||VfB Stuttgart||19||71||83||ST, RM|
|Mohammed Salisu||Ghana||Real Valladolid CF||20||73||83||CB|
|Jovane Cabral||Cape Verde||Sporting CP||21||75||83||LW, RW|
|Amadou Haidara||Mali||RB Leipzig||21||75||83||CM, RM|
|Moussa Djenepo||Mali||Southampton||21||75||83||LW, LM, RM|
|Mady Camara||Guinea||Olympiacos CFP||22||73||83||CDM, CM|
|Youssef En-Nesyri||Morocco||CD Leganés||22||77||83||ST|
|Idrissa Doumbia||Côte d’Ivoire||Sporting CP||21||75||83||CDM, CM|
|Amath Ndiaye||Senegal||Getafe CF||22||76||83||LM|
|Adam Ounas||Algeria||OGC Nice (on loan from SSC Napoli)||22||74||83||LM, RW, CF|
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