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10 Stars Of The 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations

Here are 10 players to watch throughout the course of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations begins on January 14 in Gabon. This will be the 31st edition of the 16-team tournament, with the Ivory Coast serving as the defending champions from the 2015 event. 

The Ivory Coast are the early favorites to repeat, but the likes of Senegal, Algeria, Ghana and Egypt are also strong bets with talented squads. What makes the tournament so electrifying is its unpredictability — the 30 previous tournaments have seen 14 different nations crowned champions.

With all the matches available on either beIN Sports or Univision Deportes, the drama and intensity of this tournament makes for can’t-miss viewing. Here are 10 stars of the tournament that could lead their respective sides to glory.

1
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

@Ghanasoccernet | Twitter

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Forward

Appearances: 52 | Goals: 21

2
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

@Fou4thOfficial | Twitter

Club: Leicester City

Position: Winger

Appearances: 27 | Goals: 6

3
Islam Slimani (Algeria)
Islam Slimani

Islam Slimani

@FIFAWorldCup | Twitter

Club: Leicester City

Position: Striker

Appearances: 47 | Goals: 23

4
Sadio Mane (Senegal)
Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane

@ChimpReports | Twitter

Club: Liverpool

Position: Winger

Appearances: 38 | Goals: 10 

5
Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)
Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

@foolofsoccer | Twitter

Club: Crystal Palace

Position: Winger

*Appearances: 0 | Goals: 0

*Zaha switched his allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast ahead of the tournament.

 

6
Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast)
Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony

@StokeLoudProud | Twitter

Club: Stoke City (on loan from Manchester City)

Position: Striker

Appearances: 44 | Goals: 13

7
Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo)
Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

@foet247Africa | Twitter

Club: Free Agent

Position: Striker

Appearances: 66 | Goals: 31

8
Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)
Mohamed Elneny

Mohamed Elneny

@Ghanasoccernet | Twitter

Club: Arsenal

Position: Midfielder

Appearances: 40 | Goals: 3

9
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

@pzi_sports | Twitter

Club: AS Roma

Position: Forward

Appearances: 45 | Goals: 27

10
Andre Ayew (Ghana)
Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

@waploadedng | Twitter

Club: West Ham United

Position: Winger

Appearances: 71 | Goals: 12

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