LIBREVILLE – Here are few of the players to watch out for at African Cup of Nations 2017 which kicks off at L’amitié Sino Gabonaise in Libreville, Gabon on Saturday.
Some of Africa and the world’s best players have assembled in Gabon for this year’s tournament and football supporters in the area are itching for the competition to get underway this weekend.
Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang – Gabon
Standout striker Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang has been listed as one of the players to watch at African Cup of Nations 2017 and he’s bringing a healthy goalscoring record into the competition.
The 27-year-old has already scored 20 goals in 22 appearances this season for Borussia Dortmund and is one of the favourites to win the golden boot award.
Aubameyang will lead the front line for Gabon and the home fans are excited to see the coveted forward in action.
Sadio Mane of Senegal
Another player to watch for at African Cup of Nations 2017 is Sadio Mane, who is expected to electrify the tournament with his pace.
The Liverpool forward has been in impressive form in the English Premier League this season.
Africa’s most expensive player has so far scored nine goals and four assists for the Reds in 19 games since his summer move from Southampton.
Riyad Mahrez of Algeria
Another highlighted man to watch out for at African Cup of Nations 2017 is Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez, the reigning BBC African Footballer of the Year and Caf African Footballer of the year, hasn’t been on the same level as last season when he helped the Foxes win the English Premier League title, but he’s expected to be in good form for the national team.
In 20 appearances in the Premier League this season, Mahrez has scored three goals and assisted on two. He has seven goals overall this season, with four coming in the Champions League.
Other Players To Watch
Other players to watch in the tournament are West Ham and Ghana star Andre Ayew, Mahrez Leicester City and Algeria teammate Islam Slimani, as well as Egypt attacker Mohamed Salah, Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, who recently made the switch from England and Manchester United and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly.
Others on the list are Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo, Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, Nicolas Nkoulou of Cameroon, Ugandan Denis Onyango and Adama Traoré of Mali.