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Osimhen, Mane and the top 5 players to watch at 2023 AFCON

In a matter of days, the 34th edition of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023 is set to kick off, promising a showcase of top-tier African football talent from January 13 to February 11. Here’s a list of five standout players to keep an eye on during the tournament:

  1. Sadio Mané (Senegal, 31):
    • Best player of the previous edition.
    • Star player and captain of the Lions of Teranga.
    • Despite moving to Saudi Arabia, Mané remains a potent force.
    • The guiding light of Senegal’s team aiming for a title defense.
  2. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria, 25):
    • Best African Player of the Year.
    • Celebrating his new status on the continental stage.
    • Figurehead of Nigeria’s formidable attacking frontline.
    • Expected to lead Nigeria‘s campaign in Côte d’Ivoire.
  3. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana, 23):
    • A dynamic force for West Ham United in the Premier League.
    • Known for explosive speed, skill, and goal-scoring prowess.
    • Boasts seven Man of the Match accolades in the current Premier League season.
    • Key player for Ghana’s pursuit of a fifth TotalEnergies AFCON title.
  4. Mohamed Salah (Egypt, 31):
    • Liverpool star and a top scorer in the club’s history.
    • Consistent goal-scorer with a remarkable record.
    • Leader of the Egyptian national team.
    • Instrumental in Egypt’s successful qualification for the tournament.
  5. Sehrou Guirassy (Guinea, 27):
    • Striker experiencing a resurgence in Germany this season.
    • Impressive goal-scoring form, competing with top Bundesliga strikers.
    • Considered the missing piece for Guinea’s success in the TotalEnergies AFCON finals.
    • Expected to play a crucial role in Guinea’s campaign.

As the AFCON tournament unfolds, football fan can anticipate spectacular performances from these accomplished players, each bringing their unique skills and contributions to their respective teams national teams.

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