Five players to watch as AFCON kicks off today
African’s most prestigious competition, biennial men’s Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, kicks off today in Egypt.
Egypt 2019 promises to be among the most spectacular tournaments yet, boasting new stadia, elite squads and huge audiences.
We look at some of the players to look out for at the tournament.
Playing at home in front of fans that adore him, Salah’s definitely going to have a great tournament with Egypt. His club season was great, maybe not as good as his first season with Liverpool but he is a Champions League winner and a joint Premier League highest goal scorer. There are pace, trickery, dead-eye finishing and loud fans that will aid him.
Ndidi’s quality is undebatable. He is a top tackler and an intelligent reader of the game. He was in the top three tacklers in Europe’s top five leagues, averaging 3.8 tackles per game. He is a vital cog in the Super Eagles midfield offering grit and mobility.
28-year-old Algerian striker who scored more than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Edison Cavani in 2018 will be looking to have a national silverware either with the team or as an individual.
Cameroon are blessed with two of the best goalkeepers on the continent in Onana and Fabrice Ondoa. But Onana looks to edge it in the race between the sticks. He was a mainstay in the Ajax side that got to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Mane is coming off an amazing club campaign where he finished joint top-scorer in the Premier League, won the Champions League and was nominated for the PFA award. Mane has been phenomenal in every sense but the hope is that he will be able to translate the performance at his club to his Senegal?
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