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Goal 50: African wonderkids who are dead certs to make the list in future

11:38 PM SGT 12/11/19
Lille's Victor Osimhen
Which of the continent’s brightest prospects will be in contention to make the Goal 50 in future editions?

  • Samue Chukwueze - Villarreal

    Samuel Chukwueze

    At 20, Chukwueze already has 38 La Liga appearances under his belt, and has demonstrated that he can trouble some of the finest defenders in one of the world’s top two leagues.

    Last term, he weighed in with five goals and two assists, despite it being his first campaign in the Spanish top flight, while he also proved his class in both the Europa League and at the Africa Cup of Nations, where he caused havoc for opposition full-backs.

    Chukwueze’s pace, dribbling ability and technique make him one of the most exciting young widemen in the world game, and if he continues in his current trajectory, he can make the cut for the Goal 50.
  • Achraf Hakimi Borussia Dortmund 2019-20

    ​Achraf Hakimi

    Had this year’s Goal 50 run to 50 male players, rather than just 25, then perhaps Hakimi would have already made the cut.

    He came off the back of a Champions League victory and a fine showing for Morocco at the 2018 World Cup to play a key role for Borussia Dortmund last term as they mounted an unlikely title challenge, before injury curtailed his campaign.

    After a muted Nations Cup showing in Egypt, the versatile Atlas Lions full-back has come back strong this term, excelling both offensively and defensively.

    So far this term, he’s already scored four of BVB’s five Champions League goals.
     
  • Christian Kouame Empoli Genoa Serie A

    Christian Kouame

    Currently in action for the Ivory Coast at the U23 Africa Cup of Nations, Kouame is one of several young West African attackers currently tearing it up one of Europe’s major leagues.

    He’s already scored five goals in 11 outings for Genoa so far this term, already eclipsing the four he managed in the entirety of last season, and his proving that he’s a player for the big occasion.

    Kouame has identified Didier Drogba—also born in Abidjan—as his footballing idol, and like his hero, has already begun to demonstrate an ability to get the best out of those players around him.
  • Noussair Mazraoui Ajax 2018-19

    Noussair Mazraoui

    Mazraoui is currently enduring a tricky campaign at Ajax, where he’s fallen from favour and made just five starts in the Eredivisie.

    However, the versatile full-back—who can also play in the base of the midfield—has already demonstrated his quality last term, winning the Dutch title and playing an influential role as the Amsterdam giants reached the semi-final of the Champions League.

    He’s been linked with a January move to Tottenham Hotspur—who are certainly in need of a solid option at right-back—and whether it’s at Ajax or elsewhere, it’s only a matter of time before the 21-year-old returns to prominence.
  • Victor Osimhen

    Victor Osimhen

    Osimhen has been one of the most in-form African players in the whole of the world game so far this term, scoring nine goals in the space of 12 matches for LOSC Lille and Nigeria after moving from Wolfsburg.

    He adapted seamlessly to life in a new league, country, club and city, and even if his form has dipped in recent weeks, the 20-year-old has already dramatically over-performed since moving to France.

    Osimhen appears set to be the figurehead of the Super Eagles’ attack for a decade to come. Could he be the man to break Rashidi Yekini’s record goal haul for the national side?