Top 5 Players To Watch At The 2019 AFCON


The Africa Cup of nations is the biggest football showpiece in Africa. The Biennial football event for the first time will feature a total of 24 teams and we are here to look at the top five players to look out for in the competition and this is based on their current form going into the competition. These five players are likely to make the biggest headlines in Egypt.

  1. Andre Onana

Country: Cameroon

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Ajax Amsterdam

After a shocking end to their fairytale campaign in the UEFA Champions League and a dream end to the Eredivisie beating PSV Eindhoven to the title in the Netherlands, the Cameroonian will be hoping to help his country retain the AFCON title they won in 2017.

  1. Wilfred Zaha

Country: Cote d’ Ivoire

Position: Forward

Club: Crystal Palace

After an impressive performance in the 2018/2019 EPL season where he scored 10 goals in 34 matches, Zaha, one of the most gifted players in England will lead an array of Ivorian stars such as Bailey, Seri, Aurier, Kessie, and co to fight for the 2019 AFCON trophy.

  1. Hakim Ziyech

Country: Morocco

Position: Midfielder

Club: Ajax Amsterdam

Morocco has only won the AFCON once, back in 1976 and last made it to the final in 2004 where they lost 2 – 1 in the final to host Tunisia. With his current form for club and the new generation of players coupled with an experienced coach, all hopes will be on Ziyech to lift the Atlas Lions to victory in neighboring Egypt.

  1. Sadio Mane

Country: Senegal

Position: Winger

Club: Liverpool

Joint English Premier League golden boot winner with 22 goals in 36 appearances, four UEFA Champions League goals, the prolific winger will be hoping to lead the Teranga Lions to their first ever AFCON trophy win in Egypt.

  1. Mohammed Salah

Country: Egypt

Position: Forward

Club: Liverpool


He is the current African footballer of the year, the top goal scorer in the English Premier League for the second consecutive season, the Pharaoh’s golden boy will be hoping to shake off the disappointment of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and help Egypt win its 8th Africa Cup of Nations.


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