Samuel Chukwueze, Villarreal’s forward absence on the FIFA’s Golden Boy 20-man shortlist has raises an eyebrow of a purpose snub on African talent.
The list which features no African further ascertain the claim of Samuel Eto’o who feels Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane should have been nominated among the top three FIFA World Best player with one of them being the eventual winner
Though Chukwueze made the initial 40-man list, he will no longer vie for the accolade that will be decided on December 16 in Turin.
Other African players in the previous 40-man list includes; Watford midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru and Club Brugge’s Kreptin Diatta
The annual award, presented by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport, honours the most outstanding young player in Europe under the age of 21.
Since its inception in 2003, no African player has won the award.
Full 20-man shortlist
Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus, Netherlands)
Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Canada)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan, Italy)
Ansu Fati (Barcelona, Spain)
Phil Foden (Manchester City, England)
Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal, France)
Erling Braut Haland (RB Salzburg, Norway)
Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
Joao Felix (Atlético de Madrid, Portugal)
Dejan Joveljic (Eintracht Frankfurt, Serbia)
Moise Kean (Everton, Italy)
Kang-in Lee (Valencia CF, South Korea)
Andrij Oleksijovyc (Valladolid, Ukraine)
Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Mason Mount (Chelsea, England)
Rodrygo (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, England)
Ferran Torres (Valencia CF, Spain)
Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Nicolo Zaniolo (AS Roma, Italy).