The dexterities of African players plying their trades around the globe, including European top-flight leagues are not left out without making a commensurate evaluation in the forthcoming unveiling of the EA Sports FIFA 2022 football simulation video games, releasing its 29th edition on October 1.
This evaluation encompasses the best players the black continent have paraded recently both in the national colours and for their club sides, especially displays in the African Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers and the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Qatar in 2022. These players will be played in the traditional 4-3-3 formation
Between the sticks comes the Senegalese shotstopper, Edouard Mendy, who within two years of his career rose to stardom between Rennes and Chelsea. The 29-year-old goalkeeper, who had options of playing for Guinea Bissau, France, played for the East Africans Mendy had made many feats on getting to the West Londoners' camp, as he is described as a physically dominant goalkeeper who has a strong influence at the backline. At Stamford Bridge, he bagged the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup with Europe's best player of the year. This gave him the edge above Morocco's Yassine Bounou who plays for Sevilla. Both Mendy and Bounou are in the top 20 of the FIFA 2022 list
In the African best defensive line, Mendy's compatriot, Kalidou Koulibaly who plays for Napoli, is paired by Cameroon's Joel Matip which are flanked(left-right) by Morocco'sAchraf Hakimi of the Paris Saint Germain and Algeria's Ramy Bensebaini, who is with Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. though there are many defenders, most preferably centre backs ahead of Bensebaini, but the Algerian is the best left back who is at the 33rd position of the FIFA 2022 ranking. In the last five years, Koulibaly and Matip are the most celebrated players. While Matip won titles including the UCL and English Premier League with Liverpool, Koulibaly won including the Coppa Italia for the Italian side.
In the middle of the park, there are high profiled players from the globe. Nigeria's Wilfred Ndidi tops the list of midfielders, precisely in the sixth position of the FIFA 2022 ranking. The Leicester City man is an integral part of Brendan Rogers' army, winning the Emirate FA Cup and the Community Shield against strong Chelsea and Manchester City in the 2020/21 campaign. Followed by the Super Eagle are London based players, Morocco' Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) and Ghana's Thomas Partey(Arsenal) who have cemented their place in their respective clubs. Ziyech, within his one-year marriage with Blues, has won two titles, but Partey has not come out in flying colours with Mikel Arteta's men. Guinea's Naby Keita completed the set as Matip has won two major titles.
The final third had the top three of the FIFA 2022 ranking. Egypt's Mohammed Salah and Senegal's Sadio Mane made their exploits at the Anfield Stadium under Jurgen Klopp watch. The duo has made history with the Reds in the space of five years with Matip and Keita. Algeria's Riya Marhez have completed Africa's most formidable and dreadful attack. The 28-year-old winger has won many feats with Man City with the 2019 edition of Africa's Cup of Nations in Egypt. Though, Gabon's Pierre Aubameyang has been rated the best '9'
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