Ballers: 5 Young African Footballers to watch for the rest of 2019

15 Feb 2019

How has 2019 been for you so far? I am hoping you all have stuck to those resolutions and are seeing progress. In footballing terms, it’s been a crazy year. Liverpool went from looking like they had the title wrapped up to looking like they could lose it all; Chelsea went from being title contenders to conceding a rugby score defeat against the blue side of Manchester and Jadon Sancho is still showing everyone why more young British players need to leave this island to get more game time.

YANGA! wanted to turn your attention to African Footballers across the globe, we are going to give you five young African football players to keep your eye on as we hope they will make their mark with fans around the globe this year.

ERIC AYRIAH

ERIC AYRIAH
ERIC AYRIAH

Eric Ayriah is a Ghanaian forward who signed for Monaco last year and is hoping to break into the first team soon under the guidance of Thierry Henry. Ayriah has an eye for a pass, loves to play on the last man and is composed in front of the goal. We hope he will propel the Black Stars back to the top of the continent this year.

HAJI DRAME

HAJI DRAME
HAJI DRAME

Drame is a Mali forward who is on course to be a star player if he continues the way he has been performing. A winger with a very sharp eye to goal, he has received many praises for his performances for Mali’s younger teams. He recently signed for Shaktar Donetsk after an impressive performance during a trial period and we hope his form and goals continue for club and country.

ADEMOLA LOOKMAN

ADEMOLA LOOKMAN
ADEMOLA LOOKMAN

The English footballer qualifies as Nigerian but has recently pledged his allegiance to the UK. We’ll let him off for that though, and we hope that Lookman gets a chance to progress in the Everton team under Marco Silva. Performing well under Ronald Koeman’s management and then playing on loan to RB Leipzig, Lookman was playing really well towards the end of last season. We are hoping that Lookman exceeds expectations at Everton and breaks into the National team soon.

FRANCK KESSIE

FRANCK KESSIE
FRANCK KESSIE

Kessie is an Ivorian Defensive midfielder who is currently playing in Italy. The midfielder cruises around the pitch with what appears an effortless technique and patrols the midfield with maturity which belies his years. Currently with AC Milan, he is an integral part of the team’s rising up the table. With Ivorian legends like Yaya Toure to emulate, we have a feeling that his performances will go from strength to strength.

WILFRED NDIDI

WILFRED NDIDI
WILFRED NDIDI

When we talk about Ndidi we must acknowledge that we are talking about an already established consistent high performing premier league player. The Nigerian is a firm fixture in Leicester’s midfield, taking the accolade for the most tackles in the 2017/18 season with a score of 138. In fact 25 more tackles than the revolutionary Ngolo Kante whom he replaced for this title. The 22 year old player is now being talked about as another Patrick Viera, and the Super Eagles will no doubt be hoping that he can carry the team forward for the upcoming tournaments.