Some young people who were able to turn up for countries on the African continent attacked Spanish football with a storm
Former midfielder Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns Teko Modise say the young stars of La Liga with a ‘strong African root’ must seize every opportunity with both hands.
Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Ilaix Moriba, who are both 18 years old, are currently leading the prodigies.
Fati, now a full-fledged international forward from Spain, was born in Guinea-Bissau, while Moriba was born in Conakry, Guinea, and represented the u.17 national team of his adopted country.
“It’s exciting to see the new generation of Spanish stars, especially those with strong African roots,” said Modise. The league.
‘These are still superstars who are still young, but who get opportunities to play for big teams in Spain, such as Ansu Fati and Ilaix Moribi.
‘As Afrikaners we are everywhere and if we get opportunities, whether in the country of birth or adopted countries, you must embrace it and take it with both hands.
‘I think it’s the new era of mixed football cultures that will be accepted and produce results, so it’s going to be very interesting to see how they justify this belief and can really make it into football.
Like Fati and Moriba, Adama Traore, wing of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who has Malian roots, has come through Barcelona’s La Masia youth line-up and is a Spanish international, but he only plays one La Liga match.
Athletic striker Inaki Williams represented Spain, and while born in Bilbao, he was of Ghanaian and Liberian descent.
“In La Liga, their emphasis is on what makes football, football, what are the highly technical and tactically gifted abilities of footballers,” Modise added.
‘It’s such a special league, with a football brand you can not find anywhere else in the world.
‘The emphasis is on the football culture and on being respectful on the part of the player to play on the ground.
“This is the philosophy that Spanish football believes in, and why LaLiga is the league for a footballer, with all the strongest technical skill.”
Just like Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane and more recently Nabil Fekir, who are both of Algerian origin, also flourished in La Liga.