AFCON 2023: Which gamers are set to shine and have Premier League eyes on them in Ivory Coast?|Football News

Every video game of AFCON 2023 is live on Sky Sports. Ahead of the competition, Sky Sports News have actually chosen a few of the most interesting potential customers in the competition.

Let’s begin with the hosts who have actually chosen to leave Wilfried Zaha in Turkey for the competition.


Karim Konate and Ousmane Diomande

Karim Konate is likely to play understudy to Sebastien Haller in AFCON 2023
Karim Konate has actually remained in great kind for RB Salzburg

RB Salzburg have a routine of producing future Premier League forwards, with Sadio Hair and Erling Haaland both making their method Austria. And Salzburg may be hoping that 19-year-old Karim Konate has a peaceful competition so they can keep hold of him a bit longer.

Coming From the exact same group in Ivory Coast as Yaya and Kolo Toure, Konate’s efficiencies and 8 objectives in the Austria Bundesliga this season recommend he has the possible to be successful like the strikers before him at RB Salzburg.

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A take a look at a few of the very best objectives scored by African gamers in the Premier League consisting of errors from Tony Yeboah, Sadio Hair and Didier Drogba.

Konate’s lightning rate and determination to handle gamers will have Premier League clubs and fans seeing him carefully. Nevertheless, with Sebastian Haller most likely to lead the line, we might see Konate making cameos from the bench. They will definitely deserve watching out for.

Ousmane Diomande has seen himself linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle
Ousmane Diomande has actually formerly been related to Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle

Individuals keep in mind competitions for the terrific objectives and leading goalscorers, however any group seeking to win the Africa Cup of Nations requires a constant defence. It appears like Ivory Coast will put their rely on 20-year-old Ousmane Diomande for that.

Hyperlinks to Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea have actually followed a remarkable 2023 at Sporting, his 3rd club in the area of 2 years.

Sporting's Ousmane Diomande has been linked with Liverpool

Diomande fits the costs of contemporary protector: strong, fast and comfy on the ball. If he gets approval ahead of knowledgeable protector Wily Boly, do not be shocked to see those links to the Premier League get more powerful and for a summertime transfer to be on the cards.


Serhou Guirassy

Guirassy Stuttgart

Guirassy’s 17 objectives in the Bundesliga for Stuttgart have actually seen Manchester United keep track of the striker, who is offered for less than EUR20m in January.

In a difficult group consisting of competition favourites Senegal and Cameroon, if Guirassy can show himself as an objective scorer on the most significant phase, his cost will definitely make him preferable to groups in the Premier League. In his very first 4 Bundesliga matches this season, the striker netted an amazing 8 objectives from 8 shots on target.

Serhou Guirassy was once again on the scoresheet as Stuttgart eased to a 3-0 Bundesliga win over Augsburg.
Serhou Guirassy has actually been deadly in front of objective for Stuttgart

Standing at 6ft 2in, Guirassy looks a suitable for the Premier League, with his charge box completing what we are most likely to see in Ivory Coast, which might lure any club having a hard time in front of objective to make a relocation for him.

Just Harry Kane leads Guirassy in the Bundesliga leading scorer list, however do not anticipate to see the Guinean drop deep like Kane and connect the play. His one help in the league is evidence of Guirassy’s concerns: objectives, objectives, objectives. An injury suffered versus Nigeria in a warm-up match is not anticipated to keep him out.


Victor Osimhen

Napoli's Victor Osimhen celebrates scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone Calcio and SSC Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Saturday Aug. 19, 2023. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen commemorates scoring throughout the Serie A soccer match in between Frosinone Calcio and SSC Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe arena in Frosinone, Italy, Saturday Aug. 19, 2023. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse through AP).

When the day comes where Mohamed Salah and Sadio Hair hang up their global boots, it appears as though Victor Osimhen is lining himself approximately take the location as the face of African football.

Last season’s Serie A leading scorer would require his method into that sphere by leading Nigeria to a very first AFCON title because 2013 and a strong efficiency at the competition definitely will not peaceful down speculation concerning his future at Napoli.

Anticipate all action shows from a striker who does not have much missing out on from his video game.


Ernest Nuamah

Ernest Nuamah is the latest Ghanian talent to come out of the Right to Dream academy
Ernest Nuamah is the most recent Ghanian skill to come out of the Right to Dream academy.

If we go off the success of the Right to Dream Academy/Nordsjaelland collaboration when establishing African skill, Ernest Nuamah has a huge opportunity of success. A transfer to Lyon this summer season is a certain mark of success, although Lyon’s dreadful season has actually made it difficult for Nuamah to shine.

With Mohamed Kudus, the Ayew siblings, Antoine Semenyo and Inaki Williams in the ranks, Nuamah’s effect from the wing might originate from the bench at the start of this competition.

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However his capability to handle gamers will can be found in useful late in video games and if Ghana begin gradually, do not be shocked to see Chris Hughton turn to Nuamah.


Omar Marmoush

Omar Marmoush celebrates after scoring Eintracht Frankfurt's goal
Omar Marmoush commemorates after scoring for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Considering that selecting to represent Egypt rather of Canada, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Omar Marmoush has actually gone on to form a strong individual relationship with Mohamed Salah. Could a strong efficiency in Ivory Coast see Marmoush join his compatriot in the Premier League?

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Mohamed Salah reviews his time in the Premier League and his pride in ending up being the league’s highest-scoring African.

A striker by trade, Marmoush has actually revealed his adaptability by playing all throughout the cutting edge, and 6 objectives in his very first 10 league looks this season reveal his efficiency as a forward. An objective and help in Eintracht’s 5-1 win over Bayern Munich reveal Marmoush’s capability to do it on the huge phase. He has just just recently began to bet Egypt, which suggests he will likely require to oust previous Aston Rental property gamer Trezeguet to begin in Ivory Coast.

Omar Mamoush opted to represent Egypt over Canada
Omar Mamoush decided to represent Egypt over Canada.

However if Marmoush brings his kind in Germany to AFCON, he might well simply assist provide Salah’s very first prize for his nation and see require him to join him in England.


Ismaila Sarr and Lamine Camara

Keep In Mind Ismaila Sarr? After a season in the Champion with Watford, Sarr moved to Marseille last summer season in a go back to France where he began his expert profession. A front 3 of Sadio Hair, Nicolas Jackson and Sarr sees competition holders Senegal entered into the competitors as favourites. And Sarr can reveal why he belongs back at the huge time with a strong proving in January.

Senegal's Ismaila Sarr

Midfielder Lamine Camara, 20, points out Idrissa Gueye as his football good example and if he continues in the exact same style he’s begun his expert profession, you can see him reaching the heights of the Everton male.

The energetic main midfielder came through the exact same youth system in Senegal as Hair and began his European profession at Metz, likewise like Hair. Camara won gamer of the competition as Senegal romped to success in the U20 AFCON in 2015.

Lamine Camara won player of the tournament at last year's Under-20 AFCON
Lamine Camara won gamer of the competition at last year’s Under-20 AFCON.

If you have not seen his David Beckham-like objective away at Monaco from the before the midway line, obtain browsing on social networks now – although the method is more Wayne Rooney vs West Ham. Camara needs to sit together with Gueye in Senegal’s midfield and if he’s not currently on the radar of Premier League fans, it would be a shock if he isn’t by the end of this competition.


Edmond Tapsoba

Edmond Tapsoba has been at the heart of Bayer Leverkusen's defence for their strong first-half of the season
Edmond Tapsoba has actually been at the heart of Bayer Leverkusen’s this season.

Things are going extremely well at Bayer Leverkusen this season and Edmond Tapsoba is playing his part because. Tapsoba made the group of the competition at the last Africa Cup of Nations however Leverkusen’s kind this season will have the centre-back on watch much more so this time around.

Comfy on the ball with both feet, with an excellent death variety (93 percent passing precision in the Bundesliga this season) and bring capability, it’s another opportunity for Tapsoba to shine this January. In a group consisting of Algeria, Angola and Mauritania, Burkina Faso will fancy a late run in the competitors where Tapsoba will be essential in any success.


Yankuba Minteh

Yankuba Minteh is on loan at Feyenoord from Newcastle.
Yankuba Minteh is on loan at Feyenoord from Newcastle.

Newcastle fans will currently recognize with the possibility of Yankuba Minteh. However while the majority of fans tuning into Senegal vs Gambia on January 15 will be anticipating the enjoyment of Sadio Hair, do not be shocked if you leave wishing to see more of Minteh.

His kind at Feyenoord has actually seen require Newcastle to remember him from his loan, however that will not be taking place in order to enable him to continue his advancement. His electrical rate, eye for objective, and direct dribbling persuaded Newcastle to sign him from Danish club OB before the loan in the Netherlands.

He ticked the Champions League objective target in December by scoring at Celtic Park, and with heavyweights Senegal and Cameroon in The Gambia’s group, he will have an opportunity to persuade Newcastle he deserves keeping around next season.

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