Mali U17 World Cup Stars Hamidou Makalou and Sekou Kone Attract Interest from Top European Clubs

Mali U17 World Cup Stars Hamidou Makalou and Sekou Kone Attract Interest from Top European Clubs

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • European clubs chase Mali duo after U17 World Cup success
  • Hamidou Makalou and Sekou Kone are on the radar of top clubs
  • Red Bull Salzburg lead the race for the services of the Mali players

Hamidou Makalou and Sekou Kone have popped up on the radar of European clubs following their impressive performances at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Indonesia.

The Mali players showed enormous potential as the West African nation finished third at the World Cup.

Makalou, who plays for the Jean-Marc Guillou Academy, also emerged as the second-best player at the tournament following his dazzling displays.

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Mali midfielder Sekou Kone and Hamidou Makalou in action at the U17 World Cup. Credit: @FIFAcom
Source: Twitter

According to Africa Foot, several clubs including Olympique Marseille, Ajax Amsterdam, FC Barcelona, ​​AS Monaco and Red Bull Salzburg are interested in the two players.

However, Red Bull Salzburg are in a pole position to sign the youngsters.

The two players have been offered trials by the club in January with Kone expected to sign for the Austrian giants in February while Makalou pens a deal in the summer transfer window.

Mali enjoyed a good tournament and were only denied a place in the final by France after playing most of the semi-final with a man down.

Makalou scored an incredible solo in the third and fourth-place game against Argentina, as reported by Africa News.

Mali duo win top awards at FIFA U17 World Cup

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Malian youngsters Hamidou Makalou and Ibrahim Diarra finished the FIFA U17 World Cup on a high note after scooping individual awards at the end of the competition.

The talented teens led Mali to finish third at the 2023 FIFA U17 World Cup after beating Argentina 3-0 in the third and fourth-place game.

Both players scored in the match against the South Americans to end the World Cup in style.

C.K Akonnor's son wins FIFA U17 World Cup

Sports Brief also reported that the Son of former Ghana captain and coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor, Charles Kwablan Herrmann has won the 2023 FIFA U17 World Cup with Germany.

Kwablan Herrmann played a pivotal role as the Europeans strolled to another championship success after beating France in the final on penalties.

Although the 17-year-old was an unused substitute in the final against Les Bleuets, Kwablan Herrmann made five appearances, scoring a goal and providing two assists.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.