5 African players to watch out for this World Cup
A look at 5 African players who are ready and raring to take the World Cup in Russia by storm later this year
‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ is just a couple of months away and the football world is already abuzz with excitement and anticipation. Among the best 32 teams in the world that are going to battle it out in for the most coveted prize in football, five representatives are from the continent of Africa - Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal and Nigeria.
The past editions of the World Cup have seen African stars like Roger Milla, Asamoah Gyan and Didier Drogba set the stage alight with their magnificent skill and flamboyance. This edition promises to be no different with the likes of Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt ready to field extremely strong squads that include some of the most sought after names in world football.
That said, here is a look at 5 African players who are expected to impress in Russia this summer.
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#5 Kelechi Iheanacho
The 21 year old striker has already represented the Super Eagles 14 times at the senior level and is widely touted as one of the brightest African prospects.
He has partnered Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses to form one of the most feared offensive trios in the continent which played an integral part in Nigeria’s dominant performance in the qualifying round, where they only lost once during the entire campaign.
Though the youngster hasn’t had a fantastic season at the club level so far, his international form has been stellar of late with the striker scoring 9 times in his last 13 international appearances for Nigeria.
Keeping that in mind, it is not difficult to imagine Iheanacho putting forth a performance worth remembering when they take the field later this year.