Players To Keep An Eye On At The Africa Cup Of Nations
The Afcon Cup has been a coming-out party for many big names in the game. While football fans will be lining up to see their favourite players such as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez at this year’s Afcon fixtures, this is also a wonderful opportunity to spot some rising names that have recently been making waves. Here are some exciting players to keep an eye on during Afcon 2021 as they try to propel their respective teams to lift the trophy:
YOUCEF ATAL – ALGERIA
The deadly right-back has made a name for himself while playing for Nice in Ligue 1. He has already tasted success having helped Algeria lift the trophy in 2019.
MUSA BARROW – GAMBIA
Barrow is an attacking forward and plays his club football in Serie A for Bologna. He came up through the development ranks at Atalanta.
MOHAMED BAYO – GUINEA
Bayo is the forward in his team. He plays for Clermont in Ligue 1 where he has already scored nine goals in 16 starts this season.
AMADOU HAIDARA – MALI
The 23-year-old midfielder plays in the German Bundesliga for RB Leipzig and has already impressed critics with his plays against big clubs such as Manchester City and Paris St Germain in this year’s Champions League.
ACHRAF HAKIMI – MOROCCO
Hakimi has tasted the big stage relatively early on in his career. He has already played for big names such as Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Inter Milan. He seems to have finally found a permanent spot at Paris St Germain.
KELECHI IHEANACHO – NIGERIA
Iheanacho is one of Nigeria’s football superstars who plays for Leicester City. He was part of the Nigerian team to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015 and Nigerian fans have big hopes from the sportsman to lead the team to victory.
Make sure to keep your eye on these talented players as they’re sure to set the competition on fire and may even lead their squads to become Afcon winners. Stay tuned for Afcon predictions and place your bets now!