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Five Players to Watch in AFCON 2024

Andre Onana at Man Utd
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The continental tournament is a showcase of talent from across Africa.

As national teams across Africa prepare for a new edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), fans are eagerly waiting to see their favourite stars play in the continental tournament.

In this article, we’ll take a look at AFCON 2023’s most exciting players.

5- Sadio Mane

Mane ended his unsuccessful spell at Bayern Munich in the summer to find a new start at Al Nassr. The Senegal captain will be on the spotlight again as the Lions of Teranga push to defend their AFCON 2022 title in Ivory Coast.

4- Andre Onana

Onana has found an underwhelming start to his Manchester United career, struggling to maintain consistency with his performances so far this season. Despite announcing his retirement from international football after the 2022 AFCON, English sources have claimed the Cameroon goalkeeper is planning to play in the tournament’s new edition.

3- Serhou Guirassy

Only a few months after his move to Stuttgart, Guirassy has established a reputation as one of the most promising young strikers in European football. The Guinean striker’s crazy stats in the Bundesliga make him one of the must-watch players during the AFCON.

Let’s see if Guirassy can inspire the National Elephants to secure qualification from Group C, where they compete against Cameroon, Senegal, and Gambia.

2- Victor Osimhen

Despite his rocky relationship with Napoli, Osimhen has maintained his brilliant goalscoring form this season. After missing out on the AFCON 2022, Osimhen looks to finally make his mark on the tournament this year. He will be a crucial player for the Super Eagles as they push to win the title for the first time since 2013.

1- Mohamed Salah

A dramatic defeat in the penalty shootouts prevented Salah from winning the AFCON in 2012. The Liverpool legend rejoins Egypt to make another attempt to win the title in Ivory Coast this year. The Pharaohs, who are the tournament’s record winners, look to win their first AFCON trophy since 2010, a major goal for Salah’s international career.