Southampton Target Onyekuru Makes Final Shortlist For Best African Player In Belgium

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KAS Eupen Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru made the final list of five for the prestigious Ebony Shoe Award in Belgium, which is given to the best player of African descent in the League.

Onyekuru has scored 18 goals this season, with 14 coming in the league for Eupen, in what is his first season in the top flight in Belgium, since graduating from the prestigious Aspire Academy in Qatar.

His fine form has lead to interest from several teams around Europe with Southampton, the latest team to join in his chase, as exclusively reported by this football portal during the course of the week.

He faces competition from Zulte Waregem Senegalese star Mbaye Leye, Sofiane Hanni from Algeria who plays for Anderlecht, Landry Dimata of KV Oostende who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Belgium international who has Congolese roots Youri Tielemans and plays for Anderlecht .

The 19 year old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Nigerian stars like former Chelsea ace Celestine Babayaro who won the award during his time at Anderlecht, as well as Daniel Amokachi ‎who won it twice during his time at Club Brugge. Victor Ikpeba and Godwin Okpara are the other Nigerians who have won the award in the past.

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‎Sofiane Hanni who is in the run for this year award, won the award last year during his time with KV Mechelen.

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