These five African Premier League stars will shine on the big stage at Qatar 2022
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is less than a week from kick-off as 32 countries converge on Qatar to play for pride and compete for the trophy.
Some of the best players in the world will be on display in the group stage and beyond, many of these players are African.
Here are the top five African stars plying their trade in the Premier League to keep an eye on for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will take over for Senegal in Qatar when they start their World Cup campaign in Group A.
This would be the first World Cup tournament for the 30-year-old goalkeeper who rose to fame in the last two years.
Mendy has become one of the best goalkeepers in the world since he joined Chelsea and has made 11 appearances so far before the tournament.
Another Senegalese player from Chelsea, Kalidou Koulibaly, will be looking for glory and will lead the Teranga Lions from behind in Qatar.
The 31-year-old centre-back, who has made 14 appearances for Chelsea and scored one goal, travels to Qatar as one of Senegal’s key players.
Koulibaly is the captain of Senegal and he is expected to be a central figure for Aliou Cisse’s team in their quest to bring glory to Africa.
Another Chelsea star, Hakim Ziyech, has not had a good time at club level this season, but he will represent Morocco at the World Cup.
Ziyech’s inclusion in the squad came as a surprise, as he had retired from international duty earlier this year and vowed never to play for Morocco again.
But since Vahid Halilhodzic was sacked, Walid Regragui has assumed the role of Morocco’s leader and reinstated the star striker in the contingent heading to Qatar.
Thomas Partey has risen to the level as one of the best midfielders in the world and Ghana are hoping he will carry that form to Qatar.
The 29-year-old has been immense for Arsenal so far this season, making 15 appearances and scoring two goals.
Partey is the heartbeat of the Ghana national team, as he is for Arsenal and is set to be one of the stars of the World Cup in Qatar.
Brentford winger Bryan Mbuemo recently changed his nationality from France to Cameroon and has played twice for the Teranga Lions since his debut in September 2022.
The 23-year-old has scored three goals and assisted once in 16 games for Brentford this season, where he formed a fine partnership with Ivan Toney.
His pace and cunning would be an advantage for Cameroon, who hope to get through a tough group against Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia.