Nigeria international and Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze was named by France Football Monday night in a shortlist of 10 players contending for the second Kopa Trophy.
Chukweze, a winger who plays for Villarreal FC in Spain have two goals and a assist from eight games this season in the Spanish La Liga.
The Nigeria winger is the only Africa player shortlisted for the award and he will be competing with the likes of vinicius of Real Madrid, Mattéo Gendouzi of Arsenal and João Félix of Benfica for the award.
The Kopa Trophy is an association football award presented to the best performing player under the age of 21.
The award is named after former French footballer Raymond Kopa and the winner is selected by former Ballon d’Or winners.