African youngsters comprising of Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze, Malian Amadou Haidara, Cape Verdes Jovan Cabral and and Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr all made the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) 50 future football stars to watch out for in the 2019/2020 season.
The list was compiled by UEFA correspondents and list of reporters published on UEFA website www.uefa.com comprising four (4) young African players.
Samuel Chukwueze (NIGERIA, 20 – Villarreal) was described as a precocious winger with UEFA Europa League experience; the Nigeria Football Federation’s young player of the year for 2017/18. Samuel featured for the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the just concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt where he helped Nigeria to a third place finish with a quarter final man of the match goal and display Nigeria’s 2-1 triumph over Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
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Amadou Haidara (MALI, 21 – Leipzig)
The elegant midfielder idolised Steven Gerrard as a child and has a similar nose for the spectacular; returned from a serious knee injury to sparkle in the spring.
Jovane Cabral (Cape Verse, 21 – Sporting CP)
Already a first-team regular, the Cape Verde forward won two domestic cups with Sporting CP in 2018/19 and scored the Goal the Season in the Liga.
Finally, Ismaïla Sarr (SENEGAL, 21 – Rennes)
The winger set out his stall by scoring a stunning drive against Jablonec, named the UEFA Europa League’s best goal of 2018/19.
We wish these players a successful 2019/2020 season with their respective clubs hoping that they can further replicate their club forms at national team level.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde