Top 6 Players To Watch At AFCON 2021

The 33rd edition of the biennial AFCON tournament will commence in Cameroon in two weeks’ time, with 24 football nations ready to slug it out between each other for the trophy.

The tournament was meant to be played in June and July of this year, but it was shifted back to January by the Confederation of African Football due to the unfavorable climatic conditions during the summer.

Top 6 Players To Watch At AFCON 2021

1. Mame Thiam – Kayserispor/Senegal

Top 6 Players To Watch At AFCON 2021

Sadio Mane is obviously the poster boy of the Senegal national team and he would be expected to lead the Teranga Lion to success in Cameroon once the competition commences.

However, with that fact, the Liverpool forward definitely can’t do the job alone. So with that, Kayserispor forward Mame Thiam is one player that Senegalese fans should be on the lookout for to light up the competition if included in Aliso Cisse’s team list.

Thiam form for Kayserispor has been evident in recent times, and should he be trusted to go on and help his country at the AFCON then the former Fenebache striker is another star man that should bang in goals for Senegal in Cameroon.

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2. Yves Bissouma – Brighton/Mali

Top 6 Players To Watch At AFCON 2021

Bissouma has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the English Premier League with his excellent performances for the Seagulls since joining Lille in 2018.

The 24-year-old would definitely bring his pace and aggression to the fore in terms of orchestrating play from the midfield for his national team at the AFCON in Cameroon.

As one of the players that ply his trade in England, the former midfield maestro is one star to be on the lookout for, for what he’s going to offer Mali technique-wise combine with his effective passes.

3. Imran Louza – Watford/Morocco

Top 6 Players To Watch At AFCON 2021

The former France U21 star Louza made the Morocco AFCON squad as we edge closer for the biggest football competition in Africa that is billed for January in Cameroon.

Louza plies his trade in the English Premier League with Watford and is no doubt one of the best players the team would rely on when the competition commences in Cameroon especially without the absence of Chelsea’s midfielder Hakim Ziyech.

Louza who is a brilliant passer of the ball and very skilled with the dead ball would be expected to bring all of his trickery and know-how to the table for the Atlas Lion.

4. Said Benrahma – West Ham/Algeria

Top 6 Players To Watch At AFCON 2021

Benrahma since joining the Hammers from Brentford he has become one of David Moyes’ best players delivering top-notch performance.

The Algerian has not only performed brilliantly for the Hammers, but he has also contributed to the progress of the team with his goals and assist when called upon.

The 26-year-old would definitely be expected to bring his form from West Ham down the national team when the AFCON commences, with the likes of Premiership partner Riyad Mahrez.

5. Yoane Wissa – Brentford/DR Congo

Top 6 Players To Watch At AFCON 2021

Wissa’s Brentford has been the surprise package of the season in the English Premier League, but in a few weeks from now the Congolese star would be playing for his country on the continent.

DR Congo, no doubt has enough quality players that should propel them into having a successful AFCON in Cameroon, however, one player that fans of Brentford and Congo should be on the lookout for is the former Lorient star.

The striker whose goal was voted Goal of the round in the EFL Cup in September would be expected to bring his a-game to the table for DR Congo when they face their opponents at the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

6. Chidera Ejuke – CSKA Moscow/Nigeria

Top 6 Players To Watch At AFCON 2021

Ejuke is one Super Eagles player that is currently turning heads in Russia for CSKA Moscow with his commendable form which suggests that he may be the next big thing to come out of the country.

Since his brilliant performance for the Super Eagles during the international break when Nigeria defeated the Central African Republic, a lot of football-loving Nigerian fans have fallen in love with his dribbling and mesmerizing skills.

The 23-year-old would no doubt be expected to hit the ground running for the Eagles at the AFCON if selected for the biggest showpiece on the continent come January.

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