Sports activities Information of Friday, 21 June 2019
African goalkeepers have bought a lousy rep around the many years, with adverse stereotypes pervading all around the continent’s stoppers in spite of the emergence of gamers this kind of as Thomas N’Kono, Joseph-Antoine Bell, Badou Ezzaki, Bruce Grobbelaar and Vincent Enyeama.
At the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, the continent’s very best shot-stoppers will get the opportunity to demonstrate—before a world audience—that they are amongst the world’s best in their placement, and that the extended-standing stereotypes and prejudices ought to be put to mattress at the time and for all.
Right here are Goal’s Prime 5 goalkeepers heading for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mohamed El Shenawy
El Shenawy has experienced to hold out for his turn between the sticks for the national facet, with competitiveness and—particularly—the looming shadow of Essam El Hadary limiting him to just 9 caps to day.
He was the beneficiary of Sherif Ekramy’s damage ahead of the Globe Cup, and he begun the initial two disappointing team games for the Pharaohs right before El Hadary grew to become the tournament’s oldest participant towards Saudi Arabia.
Since then, El Shenawy was restored to the starting up location by Javier Aguirre, and even though he has not played in the past 4 game titles as other solutions have been assessed, he’s envisioned to start out their opener versus Zimbabwe on Thursday.
Absolutely, the expert Al-Ahly Range A single will be determined to make amends for a disappointing Planet Cup showing on house soil.
The 28-calendar year-previous is another who’s been made to hold out his turn with the national aspect, with Herve Renard applying each Bounou and Munir in the course of his tenure as nationwide workforce manager.
It’s the Girona guy who must get the nod for the Nations Cup, having said that, getting started out a few of the Atlas Lions’ last four matches.
Even with his callow body, Bounou commands his area very well, as he demonstrated in exceptional performances versus Valencia, Leganes and, notably, Genuine Madrid this phrase.
With Morocco’s defence on the lookout a tiny nervy in current matches, he’ll have to have to also present his management competencies and potential to organise those forward of him.
Onyango was explained by Orlando Pirates mentor Milutin Sredojevic as Uganda’s ambassador to South Africa, this sort of is the way that the Mamelodi Sundowns stopper has formed and boosted the reputation of his homeland in the PSL.
The Cranes Amount One was the ultimate player to get the discontinued Africa-dependent Participant of the Year award, pursuing his exploits through Downs’ Caf Champions League-profitable campaign, and is an influential determine in the countrywide crew camp.
His duels with Mohamed Salah at the 2017 Nations Cup and throughout the 2018 Earth Cup qualifying marketing campaign brought out the finest in the keeper, and he’ll require to be on top sort at the time once more if Uganda are to escape from Group A.
A Ligue 1 typical with Stade de Reims this time period, Mendy is one more keeper who comes into his own in the significant games—notably aiding the previous European Cup finalists to clean sheets in opposition to Marseille, Monaco and Bordeaux away.
He also amazed as Paris Saint-Germain ended up defeated on the final working day.
He’s the normal option to substitute hurt Khadim N’Diaye concerning the sticks—in fact, he should have changed him earlier—and will enjoy the security of two excellent centre-backs in Kalidou Koulibaly and Salif Sane.
The giant keeper has been connected with a shift to OM and West Ham United above the previous 12 months.
Onana’s track record has swelled more than the past 12 months, in the course of which time he assisted Ajax arrive at the Champions League semi-final—where they were being regrettable to have fallen to Tottenham Hotspur—and entire a league-and-cup double domestically.
The arrival of Clarence Seedorf has prompted a modify between the sticks for Cameroon, with Onana changing his cousin Fabrice Ondoa in between the sticks.
The keeper is the latest in a lengthy line of great Cameroonian stoppers and must keep on to show throughout the Afcon that rumours of a return to Barcelona are not far-fetched