Top seven players to watch out for 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations

11Apr 2019
The Guardian
Top seven players to watch out for 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations

THE 13th edition of the biannual Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) U-17 finals will kick off in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Tanzania’s national U-17 soccer team, Serengeti Boys, will battle it out in the 2019 U-17 AFCON finals.

It is a rich tournament where African talents are showcased and future football stars are made.

In this article we look at seven top young players to watch out for at this tournament, which is hosted in Tanzania for the very first time.

These are players who performed well for their teams in the zonal qualifiers and the UEFA Assist tournament in Turkey.

1. Faye Ngor – Senegal

Senegal is a very strong and organized team, good to watch with some good players. Fayer Mikayil Ngor is one of the stand out players in this team.

The left footed central defender from the famous Diambars Academy is only 14 years old but has good size, calm, assured on the ball, never panics, and a fantastic passing range. He has a massive potential.

2. Olaniyan Alfred – Nigeria

Olaniyan Olatomi Alfred, 17 years old is a small, strong, very intelligent number 10. In the UEFA Assist tournament he was at the centre of everything good for Nigeria going forward.

He had great use of the ball, opened up defences with great through balls, giving assists to the main striker. A very good player who will be a threat to any team Nigeria faces in the tournament.

3. Kelvin John – Tanzania

Kelvin John is an out and out number nine, he grabs goals. He scored six in the CECAFA zonal qualifiers and was voted the best performer of the tournament.

He is fast and scores with ease. Interestingly, John is the top goal scorer in the history of the Tanzania U-17 team with 11 goals. He has drawn comparisons to Kylian Mbappe, he is definitely one to watch out at the tournament.

4. Lionel Wamba – Cameroon

Lionel Wamba is a big strong, typical number nine, knows where the goal is, has good first touch and can finish. He impressed many people with his impressive performances in the tournament and attracted interest from many top European club

5. Bah Algassime-Guinea

Guinea is another strong team from West Africa with good players, the one player who stood out in the UEFA Assist tournament was Bah Algassime.

Bah is a tall, strong offensive player, who plays anywhere across a front three, has good technical ability and chips in with a couple of goals, is a quick and a clever player.

6. Thomas Kakaire- Uganda

Thomas Kakaire is an intelligent midfielder, who plays almost in the number 10 position, he has good use of the ball, good forward, effective passing and good energy. He scored three goals as his team emerged winners in the CECAFA Zonal qualifiers in Tanzania.

7. Zito Luvumbo- Angola

Zito Luvumbo is a product of Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto. He caught international attention during the Cosafa zonal qualifiers where he inspired his nation to lift the title.

He scored three goals and won the player of the tournament award. He has attracted strong interest from Manchester United who took him for assessment and are said to be impressed enough to have considered offering a deal that could see him being loaned out to a top-flight Portuguese club to gain experience.