Africa has produced some fantastic players, with the likes of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Yaya Toure all having won the CAF African Footballer of the Year award most recently.
The World Cup record of African nations reaches as far as the quarter-finals, with Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010. In FIFA 22, however, one of these African wonderkids could help their nation surpass the final eight during a Career Mode run.
We begin by looking at the best prospects. Further down, you can find a table that lists all of the best African wonderkids in FIFA 22.
Choosing the best African wonderkids of FIFA 22
Every player on this list hails from an African nation, is 21-years-old or younger, and has a minimal potential rating of 80 POT.
The players throughout the article have been sorted by their POT rating, so the top picks might not be first-team ready for your club from the start of FIFA 22. However, knowing that the African wonderkids have a high potential rating, it’d be wise to give them plenty of minutes.
Abdallah Sima (73 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Stoke City
Best Attributes: 89 sprint speed, 86 acceleration, 86 stamina
Abdallah Sima has a 73 overall rating with an 86 potential overall rating on FIFA 22. The right midfielder can also play as a striker with his 76 finishing and 76 heading accuracy.
The Senegalese professional has electric 89 sprint speed and 86 acceleration stats which will allow him to peel off of defenders, whilst his high attacking and defensive work rate mean he’ll drop back when needed and help the team gain possession.
Sima scored 11 goals in 21 games for Slavia Prague last season which resulted in a transfer to Brighton for £7.2million. He’s currently on loan at Stoke City where he’ll hope to gain further experience and game time.
Mohammed Kudus (77 OVR – 86 POT)
Best Attributes: 92 balance, 90 agility, 89 acceleration
Mohammed Kudus is a Ghanian central midfielder with a 77 overall rating and an 86 potential rating on FIFA 22.
Kudus’ movement is outstanding with 92 balance, 90 agility, 89 acceleration and 87 sprint speed stats. He is also a threat with the ball at his feet with 82 dribbling and 81 ball control.
Mohammed Kudus made his international debut for Ghana in 2019 where he’s played six games and scored two goals. The Ghanian moved from Danish club FC Nordsjaelland to Ajax and tallied four goals and three assists in 17 games last season.
Musa Juwara (67 OVR – 85 POT)
Best Attributes: 85 sprint speed, 82 acceleration, 78 dribbling
Musa Juwara has a 67 overall rating and an 85 potential rating. The Gambian’s 67 rating suggests he is still a raw talent on FIFA 22.
Juwara’s 85 sprint speed and 82 acceleration stats already give him great pace. His 78 dribbling is a great starting point for a player who may be better suited to playing as an attacking midfielder rather than a striker.
Musa Juwara is only 19-years-old and has played most of his football in the Italian youth leagues. In the 2019/2020 season, the 19-year-old scored 11 goals in 16 games for Bologna Primavera.
His success saw him propelled into the senior team where he scored one goal in seven games. He has since struggled to find minutes and is currently out on loan with Italian second-tier team, Crotone. Musa Juwara made his international debut for Gambia in 2020 at the age of 18.
Amad Diallo (68 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Manchester United
Best Attributes: 84 agility, 82 acceleration, 82 balance
Amad Diallo has a 68 rating on FIFA 22 with a potential overall rating of 85. His best attributes are his movement stats with 84 agility, 82 acceleration, 82 balance, and 79 sprint speed.
Diallo’s 74 dribbling and 72 ball control are noteworthy for a player at such an early stage of his career and a great platform to build upon.
Manchester United paid £19.17million for the 18-year-old in the January 2021 transfer window. Since joining the club, he’s played eight times with one goal and one assist to his name. United see Diallo as a project with mountains of potential.
Hannibal Mejbri (62 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Manchester United
Best Attributes: 76 agility, 70 aggression, 69 acceleration
Hannibal Mejbri has a 62 overall rating in FIFA 22 with a potential overall rating of 84. The lowest rated player on this list, Hannibal’s only stat over 70 is his 76 agility, however, he has the outside foot shot trait and the flair trait on FIFA 22
Having played for France’s under-16s and under-17s sides, Mejbri changed his footballing allegiance to Tunisia. The 18-year-old made his debut for the African nation in June 2021, and has since accumulated three caps – as of the time of writing.
The Tunisian international is yet to make his debut for Manchester United since making his £9million move from Monaco’s youth team.
Kamaldeen Sulemana (72 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Stade Rennais FC
Best Attributes: 93 sprint speed, 92 acceleration, 89 agility
Kamaldeen Sulemana has a 72 overall rating and a potential overall rating of 84 and is a top draw player on FIFA 22. He has 93 sprint speed, 92 acceleration, 89 agility, and 89 balance stats.
The Ghanaian’s 78 jumping and 71 stamina are good foundations for a 19-year-old. With the ball at his feet, Sulemana has 75 dribbling, 73 ball control, and 71 composure allowing him to be effective on the attack.
Sulemana is another African player that found his way to Europe via Danish side FC Nordsjaelland. In his first season in France, he has scored three goals in his first eight games for Stade Rennais.
Odilon Kossounou (73 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Best Attributes: 83 sprint speed, 80 strength, 76 stamina
Odilon Kossounou has a 73 overall rating on FIFA 22 with a potential overall rating of 84. Kossounou has great pace for a centre back with 83 sprint speed.
The Ivorian is defensively solid with 74 standing tackle, 72 sliding tackle, and 82 marking with 74 heading accuracy making him a threat in both boxes. His 80 strength and 76 stamina are strong physical stats for a 20-years-old.
Bayer Leverkusen paid £20.7million for Kossounou’s services this summer. The Ivory Coast international has played every minute in the Bundesliga and has helped Leverkusen keep two clean sheets so far.
All the best young African wonderkids in FIFA 22
Below is the full list of all of the best African wonderkids to sign in FIFA 22 Career Mode.
|Abdallah Sima||73||86||20||RM, ST||Stoke City|
|Mohammed Kudus||77||86||20||CAM, CM||Ajax|
|Amad Diallo||68||85||18||RM||Manchester United|
|Hannibal Mejbri||62||84||18||CAM, CM||Manchester United|
|Kamaldeen Sulemana||72||84||19||LW, ST||Stade Rennais FC|
|Odilon Kossounou||73||84||20||CB, RB||Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
|Hamed Junior Traorè||71||84||21||CAM, CM||Sassuolo|
|Djibril Fandje Touré||60||83||18||ST||Watford|
|David Datro Fofana||63||83||18||ST||Molde FK|
|Alhassan Yusuf||70||83||20||CDM, CM||Royal Antwerp FC|
|Yayah Kallon||65||82||20||RW, CF, CAM||Genoa|
|Moïse Sahi||68||82||19||ST, CAM||RC Strasbourg Alsace|
|Daouda Guindo||64||82||18||LB||FC Red Bull Salzburg|
|Pape Matar Sarr||70||82||18||CM, CDM||FC Metz|
|Hicham Boudaoui||75||82||21||CM, CDM||OGC Nice|
|Issa Kaboré||68||82||20||RB||ESTAC Troyes|
|Mohamed Camara||73||82||21||CDM, CM||FC Red Bull Salzburg|
|Sékou Koïta||73||82||21||ST||FC Red Bull Salzburg|
|Lassina Traoré||72||82||20||ST||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Aliou Baldé||63||81||18||RW, LW||Feyenoord|
|Saïdou Sow||69||81||18||CB||AS Saint-Étienne|
|Kays Ruiz-Atil||66||81||18||CAM, CM||FC Barcelona|
|Maduka Okoye||71||81||21||GK||Sparta Rotterdam|
|Sinaly Diomandé||72||81||20||CB||Olympique Lyonnais|
|Youssouph Badji||67||81||19||ST||Stade Brestois 29|
|Wilfried Singo||66||81||20||RWB, RB, RM||Torino|
If you’re looking to invest in a top young player from Africa in FIFA 22 Career Mode, one of the wonderkids above will fit the bill.
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