Athletics Information of Monday, 17 June 2019
#9 Understanding Musona
Admittedly, players from smaller sized footballing nations are outsiders to clinch best-scorer awards in major tournaments, but Zimbabwe have these kinds of attacking good quality heading forward, that Musona justifies a mention.
He bagged five goals through qualification—only two players scored more—and this was even with the Warriors remaining pooled in a challenging group.
He dovetails superbly with Khama Billiat, and is surely one particular to view, even even though the southern Africans yet again have an ominous to start with-round problem.
8 Fiston Abdul Razak
A single of the most underrated players in the African game nowadays, Fiston scored four targets during the Planet Cup 2018 qualifying campaign, and adopted that up with a even further six as Burundi secured their 1st Afcon qualification this time all over.
He’ll sort portion of an exceptional ahead line alongside Cedric Amissi and Saido Berahino, but just how significantly will Les Hirondelles go in the event appropriate?
A favourable team-stage attract could give the previous Bloemfontein Celtic male the probability to glow.
#7 Percy Tau
Bafana Bafana have received many plaudits for their defensive solidity below Stuart Baxter, they conceded just two and kept four clean up sheets in the course of qualification, but in Tau, they also have an eye-catching attacking menace.
The multipurpose ahead, who is a menace with his speed, motion and intelligence in possession, netted twice as South Africa edged past Libya at the weekend, and provides the countrywide aspect a cutting edge.
Bafana will need him to be in top rated sort, notably following Keagan Dolly’s damage distress.
#6 M’Baye Niang
Niang is the first of two Senegal players in this checklist, with the Teranga Lions the joint-3rd top scorers in the course of qualification.
The highly effective attacker appears established to lead the line for Aliou Cisse’s side, where he’ll both equally run the strains efficiently and characterize bodily menace.
As well as, he’s guaranteed to have sufficient help in the form of Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr and Keita Balde, and Kenya and Tanzania might struggle to cope with him.
#5 Cedric Bakambu
Africa’s most high priced participant was the hero for the Democratic Republic of Congo on the last day of Afcon qualification, netting the winner to down Liberia and ship the Leopards to Egypt.
If they can bounce back again right after a disappointing qualifying marketing campaign, they’ll be contenders, and Bakambu, who scored 19 in 23 for Beijing Guoan, will be their primary goalscoring menace.
Once more, having said that, like Musona, he is been pooled in a challenging opening team.
#4 Odion Ighalo
Ighalo has received his fair share of criticism from Nigeria lovers, and endured a testing Environment Cup.
Nonetheless, he responded beautifully, and finished the qualifying marketing campaign as the top rated scorer across the whole of Africa.
Critically, five of his 7 targets sport in the decisive double-header towards Libya, and contemplating Kelechi Iheanacho’s decrease, he doesn’t have substantially competition to guide the line for the Tremendous Eagles.
With a talented assistance cast, he can surely bag a few against Madagascar, Guinea and Burundi.
#3 Baghdad Bounedjah
The Algeria hitman, like a few other people on this list, may well engage in in a ‘lesser’ league, but he’s still to start with-decision for Les Fennecs, even with their prosperity of attacking choices.
He scored a ridiculous 60 aims in the course of 2018—earning a place in Goal’s African Group of the Year—and will have assist from the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas, Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi.
#2 Sadio Mane
Mane is now in the kind of his lifestyle, and even though he’s not an out-and-out striker, must function prominently among the the opportunity golden boot candidates.
He scored 22 targets in 36 Premier League outings past expression, and as he demonstrated against Bayern Munich in Liverpool’s Champions League-successful campaign, has the high quality to settle the greatest game titles.
His tempo and technique helps make him a major menace in Egypt.
#1 Mohamed Salah
Irrespective of concerns about his recent form, Salah has to be our decide as favorite for the golden boot…assuming this year does not consider too substantially out of him.
He was Africa’s joint leading scorer in the course of the 2018 Entire world Cup qualifying campaign, and his report-breaking purpose return at Liverpool has been well-documented.
The forward scored 22 in the Prem very last season, next on from 32 last phrase.
House advantage really should also help…