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  • Updated: January 08, 2024

Ten notable players called up for AFCON 2024

Ten notable players called up for AFCON 2024

As excitement for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) builds, football fans throughout the world prepare for a spectacle of talent and competition

AFCON has always been a showcase for Africa's football maestros, and this edition promises to be no different. 

With the competition starting soon in Ivory Coast, all eyes are on the top-tier players who have been called up to represent their countries in this renowned tournament.

As we look into the top ten big talents called up for AFCON 2024, we will examine their capabilities, recent performances, and the expectations placed on them. 

The following players, from the sizzling Mohamed Salah to the freshly crowned African Footballer of the Year, Victor Osimhen, are primed to make waves on the African pitch.


10. Azzedine Ounahi (Morocco)

Azzedine Ounahi, a 23-year-old Moroccan midfielder, starts our countdown. His box-to-box performances at the World Cup in 2022 won him a move to Marseille. 

Despite having his season cut short due to a broken toe, Ounahi is on the mend. As a key player for the Atlas Lions, his AFCON performances will be eagerly followed as he attempts to duplicate his highs from Qatar.


9. Issa Kabore (Burkina Faso)

Issa Kabore voted the best young player in the 2021 AFCON, is a rising star for Burkina Faso. Manchester City have yet to make a debut for the aggressive right-back. 

Kabore, who has over 30 international goals and impressive performances in France and the Premier League with Luton Town, hopes to flourish on the continental scene once more and build a claim for a spot in Pep Guardiola's team.

 

8. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

Algeria's captain, Riyad Mahrez, is ranked eighth. After winning the treble with Manchester City in 2022-23, the Algerian transferred to the Saudi Pro League in the summer of 2023. 

Due to fitness concerns, Mahrez did not compete in the first round of qualifying. Despite the setback, the talisman that helped Algeria win the 2019 AFCON is ready to erase memories of their 2021 group stage exit. 

On their quest for continental glory, the Desert Foxes look to Mahrez for inspiration.


7. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana)

Mohammed Kudus, a 23-year-old forward from Ghana, is ranked seventh. Kudus, who will be representing West Ham United at the AFCON, hopes to avoid a repeat of Ghana's 2021 group-stage exit. 

Kudus, who led the Nations Cup qualifiers in scoring, continues to impress after scoring twice in the 2022 World Cup finals. His mission: is to assist Ghana in restoring its spot atop the African football pyramid.


6. Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast)

Serge Aurier, Ivory Coast's experienced defender, is positioned at number six. The Elephants' mainstay, the 31-year-old, is competing in his fifth AFCON on home soil. 

Aurier, known for his explosive debuts and leadership, was instrumental in Ivory Coast's 2015 AFCON victory. 

His enthusiasm and experience as a versatile right-back make him a valuable asset, and Ivory Coast looks to Aurier for advice and contributions on the field of play. 


5. Nicolas Jackson (Senegal)

Nicolas Jackson from Senegal is Chelsea's newcomer in fifth place. The 22-year-old striker, who was part of Chelsea's summer signing spree, was named to Senegal's AFCON team and has already demonstrated his goal-scoring ability. 

Jackson, who has seven goals in 13 league starts, is anticipated to team up with Sadio Mane, giving Senegal a strong offensive partnership. 

His performance will be eagerly watched by fans and scouts alike, as he is quick on his feet and imaginative.


4. Victor Boniface (Nigeria)

Victor Boniface of Bayern Leverkusen takes fourth place. The 22-year-old Nigerian striker has been on fire this season, with 16 goals and eight assists. 

Despite the club's initial reservations regarding the date of the AFCON, Boniface is expected to play a significant role in Nigeria's team. 

He aspires to make a huge impact on the continental stage as a goal-scoring prodigy thriving in the German Bundesliga.


3. Sadio Mane (Senegal)

Sadio Mane, Senegal's captain and talisman, is third on this list. Mane is still a force to be reckoned with despite leaving Liverpool for Bayern Munich in 2022 and now joining Al Nassr. 

Mane's explosive pace and ability to create goal-scoring opportunities make him a vital asset, having netted the winning penalty in the dramatic 2021 AFCON final against Egypt. 

Senegal will look to Mane for inspiration and leadership as they defend their AFCON title in Ivory Coast.

 

2. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)

Victor Osimhen takes second place. The Nigerian, who was named African Footballer of the Year, missed the 2021 edition owing to Covid-19 and an injury. 

Osimhen, 24, has established himself as one of Europe's premier attackers with Napoli and is keen to lead Nigeria to their first AFCON victory since 2013. 

His firepower adds a dangerous dimension to the Super Eagles' attack after finishing as Serie A's top scorer last season.

 

1. Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's prolific attacker, holds the top spot on this list. Leading Egypt's charge in AFCON 2024, Salah, often known as the 'Egyptian King,' is motivated by a desire to end Egypt's 14-year wait for continental victory. 

Salah's electric pace, ability to create opportunities, and goal-scoring skills make him one of the most feared strikers on the football pitch, with a dazzling array of medals from his time with Liverpool. 

As captain of the Pharaohs, he hopes to add to his six goals from three previous Nations Cup appearances and lead Egypt to victory.

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