15.01.2024, 08:57

Top 10 Players to Watch in AFCON 2024

Top 10 Players to Watch in AFCON 2024

In the eagerly anticipated African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023, the spotlight is on a select group of football stars whose performances are expected to captivate audiences and shape the tournament's outcome.

The profiles of the top 10 players to watch, from the legendary Mohamed Salah leading Egypt's charge, to the dynamic Victor Osimhen aiming to make a mark for Nigeria. Each player brings unique skills and an impressive track record to the field, setting the stage for what promises to be a thrilling showcase of footballing talent across the African continent.

  1. Mohamed Salah (Egypt): The key player for Egypt, Salah's outstanding goal-scoring ability and past performances set high expectations for him to lead his team to victory. His record of 53 goals in 93 appearances could be crucial for Egypt to triumph.

  2. Sadio Mane (Senegal): Although Mane's role in Senegal isn't as central as Salah's in Egypt, his importance cannot be understated. His absence was felt during the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and his 39 goals in 100 appearances for Senegal highlight his potential impact.

  3. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria): After leading Napoli to a Serie A title, Osimhen is set to make his mark on the international stage. With 20 goals in 27 appearances for Nigeria, he could be a key player in their pursuit of the AFCON title.

  4. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana): Kudus has been phenomenal for West Ham and brings his Premier League experience to bolster Ghana's midfield. His goal-scoring record and midfield prowess could greatly enhance Ghana's attacking options.

  5. Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco): As Morocco aims high following their World Cup semifinal achievement, En-Nesyri's role as a forward becomes pivotal. His 17 goals in 61 matches will be crucial for Morocco's success.

  6. Andre Onana (Cameroon): The return of Onana as the ultimate sweeper keeper is vital for Cameroon. Despite past controversies, his skills and experience could greatly benefit the team.

  7. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria): The experienced Mahrez, with a history of success in the Premier League and with the national team, brings his skill set to the Algerian squad. His leadership and impressive scoring record of 30 goals in 89 appearances could prove invaluable, especially considering Algeria's previous triumph in 2019.

  8. Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast): Pepe, with a chance to showcase his talent in his home country, is crucial for Ivory Coast's success. His record of 10 goals in 37 appearances might need to improve, but his potential impact remains significant, particularly in the absence of other key players.

  9. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco): Ziyech's role in Morocco's team is essential, especially given their defensive strengths. His ability to provide goals and assists, as shown by his 20 goals in 54 international appearances, will be key in supporting the team's offense.

  10. Yves Bissouma (Mali): Bissouma, the dynamic midfielder from Tottenham, could be a standout player for Mali. His leadership and skill in midfield are pivotal for Mali's hopes of clinching their first AFCON title, especially with their impressive recent form.


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