RB Salzburg's performances in the Champions League this season have forced the world to take notice of a club making big strides.
Last night's 4-1 win away to Genk wasn't a surprise, and it leaves them in with a slight chance of making the round of 16, although they must beat European Champions Liverpool in their final group match to achieve this goal.
Even if they fall short, the Austrian side has won a host of new admirers all around the world with their attacking brand of football and the cosmopolitan feel in the squad. With six African players in their ranks, we can't help but admire the work being done by the Austrian champions.
Zambian duo Enock Mwepu and Patson Daka, both still only 21 years old, are regular starters in Jesse Marsch's side. Central midfielder Mwepu was outstanding in the holding role last night, picking up a pair of assists to boot, while Daka got himself on the score sheet from a wide attacking position. Cameroonian Jérôme Onguéné (21) started at centre back. Malian striker Sékou Koïta only turned 20 today, and big things are expected from the talented striker too. His compatriot Mohamed Camara is still only 19. Ghanaian Central midfielder Majeed Ashimeru, at 22, is the oldest of the African stars in Salzburg, making the future look ridiculously bright for this handful of talented footballers from the continent.
24-year-old Japanese winger Takumi Minamino and Norwegian teenage striking sensation Erling Braut Håland add yet more star cosmopolitan quality to a vibrant, young side that's only getting better.
We have no choice but to keep an eye on this team as they go from strength to strength and showcase top young talents from around the globe, especially Africa.
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