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African Cup of Nations 2022: 5 players to watch out for

Arjun Singh Devgan
Mohamed Salah is widely considered to be the best player in the world at present
Mohamed Salah is widely considered to be the best player in the world at present / Visionhaus/GettyImages
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The start of the new year also brings about the start of the 2022 African Cup of Nations, with the tournament scheduled to take place between January 9 and February 6 in Cameroon.

The tournament will see a number of top stars take part in it and here, we take a look at the five players to watch out for at the upcoming African Cup of Nations.

1. Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Mohamed Salah
Egypt v South Africa: Round of 16 - 2019 Africa Cup of Nations / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Mohamed Salah has established himself as arguably the best player in the world at present, courtesy of his performances for Liverpool for whom he has been brilliant as seen by the 22 goals and nine assists he has registered so far this season.

The hopes of Egypt rests on his broad shoulders and if he continues the same form, then they just might upset a side or two in the tournament.

2. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

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FBL-ENG-PR-MAN CITY-FULHAM / MICHAEL REGAN/GettyImages

Riyad Mahrez took time to settle at Manchester City, but overtime he has become one of their key players, with the winger recently scoring his 50th goal for the Cityzens.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a good run in the African Cup of Nations in the past, scoring six goals and registering two assists in 14 appearances in the tournament - and he will need to be at his imperious best if Algeria are to make a mark in the competition.

3. Sadio Mane (Senegal)

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TOPSHOT-FBL-AFR-2020-AWARD / KHALED DESOUKI/GettyImages

Sadio Mane might not be having the best of individual seasons, but he has still manage to score nine goals and provide one assist in all competitions - which goes to show how impressive a player he is on the pitch.

Senegal always go into the AFCON as one of the favourites to win the trophy due to the riches in their squad, and no single player is more important to them than the winger.

4. Edouard Mendy (Senegal)

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TOPSHOT-FBL-ENG-PR-LIVERPOOL-CHELSEA / PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy in 2020 proved to be a masterstroke as the goalkeeper was key in them winning the Champions League last season while he has also been his usual brilliant self in goal for Senegal.

The 29-year-old is a regular for his country and was part of the side that finished as runners-up in the previous edition which took place in 2019.

5. Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast)

International friendly match"Japan v Ivory Coast"
International friendly match"Japan v Ivory Coast" / ANP Sport/GettyImages

Franck Kessie has become one of the best midfielders in the world ever since he moved to AC Milan in 2017, with the 25-year-old impressing with his ability on the ball while also chipping in with important goals at crucial moments.

Kessie was the joint-top assist provider in the 2019 edition with three to his name and this time around it will be interesting to see how he performs, considering that he has also added goals to his game.

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