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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Chukwueze is youngest player to score at AFCON 2019

He was youthful enough to take part at the current year's Under-20 World Cup, yet Samuel Chukwueze is accepting a far more noteworthy job as a future Nigeria lynchpin with his nation endeavoring to catch a fourth Africa Cup of Countries title.



At 20 years and 49 days, Chukwueze turned into the most youthful scorer at the current year's competition as he got his first global objective for the Super Falcons in the quarter-last win over South Africa. 

It has been a fleeting ascent for the youth, marked by Villarreal in 2017, after a solid introduction season in Spain's top flight which incorporated an objective in April's exciting 4-4 draw with Lionel Messi's Barcelona and a match-winning negative mark against Girona that lifted his side out the transfer zone for good. 

While he may not be practically a mirror image of one another as the Argentine, examinations with another left-footed wizard, the as of late resigned Arjen Robben, are copious. 

Propelled by the previous Dutch star growing up, Chukwueze yields he would do well to come anyplace near what Robben accomplished as a previous Victors Group and eight-time Bundesliga victor with Bayern, a World Cup finalist, and association champion at Chelsea, Genuine Madrid and PSV Eindhoven. 

"Chukwueze has a decent left foot, is speedy, has a low focus of gravity — which gives him generally excellent equalization — and can convey and score," was Nigeria mentor Gernot Rohr's Robben-esque evaluation of his winger. 

However the German has adopted a relentless strategy to blooding Chukwueze, giving him a begin in the opening win over Burundi before limiting him to a couple of substitute appearances throughout the following three recreations in Egypt. 

– 'Quality floods' – 

"We're here to win the title. Sitting on the seat doesn't make me feel terrible, it makes me sit tight for the opportunity I get the opportunity to enable the group to as I did today," Chukwueze said after his man-of-the-coordinate presentation against South Africa. 

Chukwueze verged on joining Munititions stockpile before landing at Villarreal, following in the strides of striker Ikechukwu Uche, who won the 2013 Cup of Countries with Nigeria during his four-year spell at the Spanish club. 

"He has a quality that just floods and you can't stop, similar to a waterway," said Villarreal save group mentor Miguel Alvarez, who aided Chukwueze make the progression up to the top level. 

Both he and Victor Osimhen, yet to highlight in the competition here, shaped section a center piece of Nigeria's Under-17 World Cup champs from 2015, and forward Ahmed Musa trusts Chukwueze will end up one of the stars of the senior side. 

"I think with time he will be probably the best player we have in the Super Hawks group," Musa told columnists after the quarter-last triumph. 

"The old players in the squad are bit by bit slowing down and won't be here in a quite a while from now. 

"Along these lines, we unquestionably need players like them to venture up and take over from us." 

Chukwueze was not part of the 2018 World Cup battle, where a young squad neglected to go past the gathering stage, yet Rohr says the expanded development and deluge of crisp appearances will serve return Nigeria well as they focus on an arrival to the top in Africa. 

Their next test goes ahead Sunday against a noteworthy Algeria group that have looked significantly better than the rest in Egypt.