The African Cup of Nations is the biggest football showpiece in Africa.
The biennial football event will, for the first time, feature a total of 24 teams.
This year’s tournament will see some debutants who will seek to have an indelible mark in the competition.
Burundi Swallows sealed an unforgettable history for the country after booking its ticket for the first time with Madagascar as well as Mauritania.
Here are some top players to look out for based on their current form going into the competition.
Wilfred Zaha showcased an impressive performance for Crystal Palace in the 2018/19 season in the English Premier League. He scored ten goals in 34 matches, making his total goals 31 out of 147 appearances for the Glaziers.
He will lead an array of Ivorian stars such as Serge Aurier, Frank Kessie and Eric Bailly.
The Ivorian has played ten games for the elephants scoring two goals.
The Moroccan International is a midfielder who plies his trade for Ajax Amsterdam Football Club.
He played a key role for the Jews as they won the Dutch Eredivisie and qualified to the semifinal stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions league after they shockingly lost to Tottenham Hotspurs.
The 26 year old has scored 12 goals out of the 23 games for the Moroccan national team since 2015 and 34 goals for Ajax football club out of 91 appearances.
Ziyech made his debut for the national team on October 9 2015, in a 1–0 defeat to Ivory Coast.
He also scored his first Champions League goal, scoring the equalizer in a 1–2 loss against Real Madrid in the round of 16
The prolific winger will be leading the Taranga Lions of Senegal to Egypt coupled with great players like Kalidou Coulibally, Mbaye Niang and Keita Balde.
The former Southampton player joined the winners of the Golden boot in the 2018/2019 English Premier League season under review with 22 goals out of 36 appearances.
He also scored 4 goals in the UEFA Champion’s league. He has scored 16 goals so far out of 60 appearances for the Taranga lions of Senegal.
After a shocking end to their fairy tale campaign in the UEFA Champions League and a dream end in the Dutch Eredivisie beating PSV Eindoven to the title in the Netherlands, the 23 year old will be representing the indomitable lions once again as they seek to defend their title after winning the biennial competition in the last edition.
Mohammed Salah is the current African footballer of the year. The Liverpool forward will be seeking to win the tournament for the eighth time in home soil. He scored Liverpool’s first goal in a 2–0 win over Tottenham in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final .he has also scored 39 goals out of 62 appearances for the pharaohs of Egypt. He also joined the winners of the 2018/19 golden boot winners with Senegal’sSadio mane and Pierre EmerickAubameyang of Gabon.
The tournament kick starts on June 21, 2019.
Written by: James Eshun|universnewsroom.com