AFCON 2023: Top 10 players to watch in Ivory Coast


As the 34th edition of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023 approaches, football fans across Africa and beyond are gearing up for a showcase of the continent’s finest football talents.

From January 13 to February 11, the following top 10 players, as highlighted by CAFOnline, are set to dazzle audiences with their skills and passion for the game.

  1. Sadio Mané (Senegal, 31) – The star of the previous edition and the heart of the Lions of Teranga, Mané is set to lead Senegal in defending their title. Despite moving to Saudi Arabia, he remains razor-sharp and is the guiding force behind Senegal’s ambition for a consecutive victory.
  2. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon, 31) – As Cameroon’s captain and key goalscorer, Aboubakar’s mental strength and leadership are invaluable. He’s been the backbone of the Indomitable Lions, aiming to clinch a sixth star for his nation.
  3. Sehrou Guirassy (Guinea, 27) – Guirassy, thriving in Germany, is a goal machine in the making. His recent performances suggest he’s the missing piece in Syli de Guinée’s quest for glory in the AFCON finals.
  4. Sébastien Haller (Ivory Coast, 30) – Playing at home, Haller is ready to make a significant impact in his second AFCON appearance. At the peak of his career, he’s a force to reckon with for the Elephants.
  5. Mohamed Amoura (Algeria, 23) – Amidst renowned names in the Algerian squad, Amoura stands out. Excelling in Belgium, he’s set to be a central figure for the Fennecs in this tournament.
  6. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria, 25) – The current Best African Player of the Year, Osimhen is the face of Nigeria’s attack. His performance will be pivotal for the Super Eagles’ aspirations in Côte d’Ivoire.
  7. Azzedine Ounahi (Morocco, 24) – Ounahi, fresh from a strong World Cup showing, has another chance to shine with the star-filled Atlas Lions.
  8. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana, 23) – A sensation in the Premier League with West Ham United, Kudus’ speed and skill will be crucial for Ghana’s quest for their fifth AFCON title.
  9. Mohamed Salah (Egypt, 31) – A continuous highlight in AFCON, Salah’s leadership and goal-scoring prowess keep Egypt among the favorites. His performance could be the key to ending Egypt’s title drought.
  10. Peter Shalulile (Namibia, 30) – In the prime of his career with Mamelodi Sundowns, Shalulile’s form will be essential for the Brave Warriors of Namibia.

These players not only bring individual brilliance but also embody the spirit of African football. Their performances will be eagerly watched by fans and will likely shape the narrative of this year’s AFCON.

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