Spanish LaLiga club Villarreal has applauded winger Samuel Chukwueze after he was named among nominees for the Kopa Trophy Award.
Chukuweze, who has scored two goals in eight league appearances for Villarreal this season, is the first Nigerian to be nominated for the award.
He was nominated alongside nine others for the award which recognises players under the age of 21 years.
“The yellow player @ chukwueze_8 is among the ten nominees for the Kopa Trophy, which recognizes the best U21 soccer player in the world in 2019 🔝👏💛,” reads a tweet on Villarreal’s Twitter handle.
Also nominated are Juventus defender, Matthijs de Ligt, Bayern Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, Andrei Lounine of Real Valladolid and
Valencia’s Kang-in Lee.
Created last year, the Kopa Trophy which is named after former French footballer, Raymond Kopa is designed for the best U-21 footballer in the world.