Thursday, 10 June 2010


 Of the 736 players representing their countries in the world cup, 35 were born in 1989 or later and 11 of these players will be representing Africa.

Nigeria,s Lukman Haruna( Monaco) was the captain of their 2007 U-17 World Cup Championship team. With Mikel Obi injured, he his guaranteed a place in  the team to face Argentina. He his hard working centre midfielder, whose style is been compared to Michael Essien of Ghana.

Ryad Boudebouz( Algeria& Sochaux) like Haruna might be fortunate and find himself having a role for the Algerians, with the injury to Algerian playmaker  Mourad Maghni he may have a chance to showcase his talent.

Andre Ayew
Ghana has the most youngsters, with five under 21 players representing the Black Stars. Goalkeeper Daniel Adei plies his trade with Liberty of Ghana.  Jonathan Mensah is another home based player with Free Star State also in Ghana, he has already drawn interest from clubs in Europe.

 Dominic Adiyiah plays for AC Milan; he won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at the under 20 world cup last year. He his not expected to be in the first team but is expected to be a supersub.

The two youngsters guaranteed to start for the Black Stars are Andre Ayew currently a free agent and Samuel Inkoom. Ayew is a left sided midfielder and Inkoom who plays for FC Basel is a right back with good crossing ability.

Cameroon has four youngsters lead by Eric Maxim Chupo-Moting a striker who has a goal in two appearances for his country. He switched from Germany after appearing for the youth team and plays for Hamburg.

Nicolas N’Koulou plays for AC Monaco, he is a centre back, and has been linked to clubs in Spain and England.

Joel Matip is another defender who has made four appearances as a substitute in Cameroon’s last five games and is expected to feature for the Indomitable Lions, he piles his trade for Schalke 04.

Abourbakar is the second youngest player at the world Cup, his speed and finishing ability has drawn interest from all over Europe, he currently plays for Valenciennes in France

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