06 Th1 2022 | 09:17
The Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 is about to start from January 9, and here are the most interesting names of the tournament.
Recently, Salah boarded a flight to join the Egyptian team, with a completely different look. The hair and bushy beard were neatly trimmed, as if to show a new image when returning to the national mission. It has been 12 years since Egypt last won the CAN, so the country’s national team aims to win the championship this year, especially with the arrival of one of the world’s best players Mohamed. Salah.
The best achievement of the player born in 1992 with the national team is going to the last match of CAN 2017. So in this tournament, Salah has great motivation to bring home the trophy. Since the beginning of the season so far, he has been the best player in the Premier League and will certainly be one of the most interested names in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Salah’s teammate at Liverpool, Sadio Mane is also a face that attracts attention at CAN 2021. Senegal has a solid defense with quality stars playing in the Premier League, as well as tournaments. Top top. But in attack, Mane is the player most expected.
Before this match, Mane scored against Chelsea in a 2-2 draw and is in good form. Together with teammate Edouard Mendy, Senegal is ready to place great hopes, after the 2019 tournament finished as runner-up (losing to Algeria in the final).
CAN 2019 Player of the Year and helped England become the championship team, the goal of Riyad Mahrez and his teammates is to defend his throne. Since the beginning of the season, Mahrez has still played an important role in Man City’s shirt, although not often starting from the beginning. But in the national team, Mahrez will be the leader of Algeria and an inspiration for the ball.
In the last tournament, the player born in 1991 contributed 3 goals in the championship journey, and is ready to recreate the performances in Cameroon in the near future.
Having faced many difficulties at Arsenal after the incident of being stripped of the captaincy, the attention for Aubameyang in this tournament is huge. The Gabon striker has not played in the past month and the feeling of the ball will be no small problem for him. However, all those troubles can provide motivation for Auba to shine in the national team.
At 32 years old, Aubameyang is still one of the best strikers in Africa. At this tournament, Gabon is in the same group with strong opponents including Ghana, Morocco and Comoros. The form of this striker will play a decisive role in Gabon’s progress, and will also directly affect his own future.
After facing Sadio Mane over the weekend, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy posted a picture with his opponent on the plane, when both returned to the Senegal national team. Since joining Chelsea in 2020, Mendy has come a long way in his career with a series of noble titles, both individually and collectively.
At the age of 29, this goalkeeper has only 16 caps for Senegal, but this will certainly be the most difficult defense to break through in CAN 2021. Along with Mendy, Senegal also has Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) and Abdou Kalidou ( PSG). Only having to be in the same table with lower-rated opponents like Zimbabwe, Guinea or Malawi, Senegal’s ability to go deep is not small.
A rising player in the last few seasons, Hakimi is Morocco’s most notable face. Since joining PSG for 60 million euros last summer, Hakimi has continued to develop and become a powerful attacking weapon, even if only starting at right-back.
At the CAN 2021, Morocco will be in Group C with Ghana, Gabon and Comoros. This is a difficult group, and wait and see if the blockbuster PSG can become a support for teammates
Not Erling Haaland, Cristiano Ronaldo or Robert Lewandowski, this is the top scorer in the Champions League this season. Sebastien Haller is shining brightly in his first game in C1, with 10 goals in just 6 group matches, helping Ajax Amsterdam to lead with 6 wins.
At the age of 27, the most prolific of his career, Haller also contributed 12 goals in the Dutch tournament, which will be the most notable name of the Ivory Coast team, if not the entire CAN 2021 tournament. After shining in the club shirt, now is the time when this striker makes his mark in the national team shirt.