Given the real shortage of strikers in Africa, young goalscorers are being hoarded. Maybe not as vulgar as that sounds but the economic and urban development of Africa has led kids to train with academies rather than on the street and that’s killing part of their talent.
We are talking about the rare ones: the natural goalscorers, the ones with more desire in them than anyone else on the field and so on. So, here’s looking at five Nigerian under-23 strikers who could come to rule African football in the years to come:
5. Terim Moffi
The kind of strikers Lorient have had in the past only mean good things for the future and their future is the 21-year-old centre-forward, Terim Moffi. The Nigerian only joined Lorient at the start of the current season and has already put the ball in the back of the net eight times.
Moffi is the African centre forward cliché. He’s great with the ball at his feet but usually enjoys feeding his wingers and attacking midfielders the chance to tuck away rather than going on his own, beating the line and scoring past the keeper. He’s already scored eight goals this season so passing and key-passing aren’t his only strength. He’s got the pace and the timing to get past the defence and it’s showing. Moffi is tipped for the very top and is valued at around €6 million by Transfermarket.com.
4. Abraham Marcus
Abraham Marcus broke onto the scene this season. Marcus is everything Samuel Chukwueze was all those years ago. He’s quick, he’s fearless, he’s got a great eye for goal and the pass that could make the difference. For someone so young and tender, slowly bringing him into the game is the way to go. He plays for Feirense.
3. Akinkunmi Amoo
Perhaps the most followed young Nigerian forward in the Scandinavian region. Amoo is proving to be sensational for Hammarby given the way he’s broken onto the scene in Sweden. He’s quick, he loves dribbling with the ball at his feet.
2. Taiwo Awoniyi
Awoniyi is already being touted as the young striker who’s capable of usurping Rashidi Yekini’s. And boy has he made the right first impression. With five goals and three assists in the Bundesliga for Union Berlin, he looks like the kind of striker truly capable of living up to the hype train. Awoniyi is quick, lethal anywhere in the box and has the desire to chase any loose ball for the benefit of his team. He’s only 23 and has the right ingredients to become hugely successful in Europe. With the kind of project that seems to be developing, he’s in the right club.
1. Victor Osimhen
The most valuable under-23 striker in the whole Africa is Nigeria international and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen
The 21-year-old has the athletic build, pace and the finishing to succeed anywhere in years to come. He’s currently valued at €50 million by transfermarkt.com and has already made 10 appearances for the Nigerian senior side. He’s the real deal with a bright future ahead of him. Once he’s back to 100%, he’ll continue to prove to the world just how talented he is.