Five rising Sierra Leonean footballers in Europe in 2020

Five rising Sierra Leonean footballers in Europe in 2020

A look at some of the rising Sierra Leonean footballers that have impressed with dazzling performances this year, FootballSierraLeone.net recapped the top five under 23 youngsters in 2020.

  • Augustus Kargbo, 21, AC Reggiana 1919, Italy.

Sierra Leone-born Augustus Kargbo has established himself as a clinical striker after his goals contributed immensely to AC Reggiana promotion to Serie B after 21 years of absence.

It was his winning goal over Bari at the Mapei Stadium Città del Tricolore in the Serie C playoff final on July 22, helped Reggiana gain Serie B accolade.

Kargbo, who made his Serie A debut against Genoa in September, has been added to a strong list of Sierra Leoneans such as Mohamed Kallon, Kewullay Conteh, and Rodney Strasser with Serie A experience.

He scored his first goal in a 3-0 win over AC Monza at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday, December 6th, since his move on a second loan spell with the Italian Serie B side.

  • Michael Kargbo IFK Varnamo’s top scorer in Sweden.

Michael Kargbo had a  successful 2020 as he registered 14 goals to help his club Värnamo to Swedish Superettan promotion has been an eye-catching figure in the IFK Värnamo side in 2020.

An instrumental striker, Kargbo 21, featured 29 times in all competition for his side registered 14 goals as the club’s top scorer, with six assists.

The exciting talent has been a revelation since joining the newly-promoted Superettan side. Kargbo will play in the second-highest level of Swedish football next season if he stays at the club.

  • Ibrahim Kargbo Jnr, Dynamo Kyiv striker on-loan Olimpik

Sierra Leone-born Ibrahim Kargbo junior, who has represented Belgium internationally at under-18 and under-19 levels can be a top striker if he takes advantage of his potential.

He opened his Olimpik Donetsk account in their 3-3 draw against Mariupol back in November.

Kargbo, 20, who enjoyed his first major success after Dynamo Kyiv won this year’s Ukrainian Cup, was sent out on loan to join Ukrainian Premier League side Olimpik Donetsk as part of his development.

The youngster, who is still eligible to play for his country of birth, Sierra Leone played three games for Dynamo Kyiv since his debut on June 15th against Minai in the Cup semi-final.

He made his first senior start in defeat against Desna Chernihiv at the Yuri Gagarin Stadium on June 28 and played a part in Dynamo’s defeat to rival Shakhtar Donetsk.

The former Crystal Palace player has featured for the Belgian Red Devils U18 in a friendly four-country tournament in Murcia (Spain).

He has also had a spell with Reading youth sides U-13 and U-16, where he continues to excel before his move to Crystal Palace.

  • Josh Koroma, 22, Huddersfield Town, England

Josh Koroma, who is of Sierra Leonean descent, continue with strong performances with his English Championship side Huddersfield Town.

On the 8th of December, Josh scored for the third consecutive home game and took his goal tally to 6 for the season.

Koroma signed for the Championship club Huddersfield Town on 21 June 2019 on a three-year contract with the option of a further year for an undisclosed fee.

He scored his first goal for Huddersfield in a 2-1 win at Swansea City on 17 October 2020.

  • Alhassan Koroma, 20, Real Balompédica, Spain

The former East End Lions playmaker, who can play in both wings, will be hoping to continue his impressive form after making 20 appearances for the Spanish side scoring three goals last season.

His Spanish third-tier side Real Balompédica License announced a new three-year deal, following his impressive first season.

Koroma, 20, who initially joined the club in July 2019, was also part of the Sierra Leone side in matchday three and four of the African Cup of Nations ties against Nigeria in November.

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“Wearing the double diamond for the next four seasons, the Leone Stars become the ninth African nation to join our roster of clubs alongside the most recent addition, Federation of Uganda Football Association.

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