Wednesday Sep 11, 2019. 15:00
We take a look at five rising African stars from Africa’s U23 Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
The eight teams that will participate in the U23 tournament in Egypt later this year were officially confirmed on Tuesday, with Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia and South Africa to jet off to Cairo in November.
The top three teams from the eight-team tournament will compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The former Zambia U20 star was the top scorer in the U23 qualifiers with five goals. Following a disappointing spell at Spartak Moscow, Sakala has revived his career in the Belgium Pro League with KV Oostende and continues to play an important role at national level.
The Nigeria international has made a roaring start to his spell at French Ligue 1 side Lille, scoring four goals in his first four games for the club. Osimhen has drifted between the U23 and senior team of late, but is sure to feature in Egypt if available in November.
The South African teenager forms part of an exciting attacking duo alongside Luther Singh with the pair well and truly the future of South Africa football. Foster is currently on-loan at Cercle Brugge in Belgium from French Ligue 1 giants Monaco.
A regular for Toulouse in the French Ligue 1, Sangare was part of the Ivory Coast team that reached the quarter-finals at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The towering midfielder is a dominant presence in the middle of the park and looks set for a bright future.
The Ghanian winger found his feet in the U23 Afcon qualifiers, scoring four goals. Kwabena will be hoping to carry that sort of form over to his club side in the Spanish second division.