With the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations set to kick off next month, we look at five midfielders expected to star in Ivory Coast
As the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament approaches, excitement builds around the top players to watch, especially in the midfield. The tournament will feature a range of talented midfielders, each bringing unique skills to their respective teams, and we have highlighted the best five midfielders who are expected to make a significant impact:
Kamory Doumbia — Mali, Brest
The Malian youngster is versatile, capable of playing across several midfield positions, and has been a key player for Mali, scoring five goals and creating two more in just two Ligue 1 starts.
Mohammed Kudus — Ghana, West Ham United
His versatility allows him to play both in the centre and out wide, making him an invaluable asset for Ghana.
Known for his explosive pace, quick feet, and strength, the Ghanaian midfielder will be one to watch as the Black Stars wrestle against Egypt, Cape Verde, and Mozambique.
Sofyan Amrabat — Morocco, Manchester United
Known for his ability to break up opposition attacks and win the ball back, he will be a key player for Morocco in the tournament as the Atlas Lions aim to win the tournament for the first time since 1976.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa — Cameroon, Napoli
Napoli’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, 28, is known for his skill in beating the press and has over forty caps for Cameroon, scoring five times.
His role in supporting attackers like Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar could be crucial for Cameroon's success.
The Napoli man helped his club break a spell of 33 years without a Serie A title last season and could help the Indomitable Lions end a 10-year wait for an AFCON crown.
Alex Iwobi — Nigeria, Fulham
Iwoibi will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his famous uncle, Super Eagles legend Jay Jay Okocha, by guiding Nigeria to a continental title when AFCON kicks off in Ivory Coast next month.
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