Mali AFCON 2017 team guide: tactics, key players and predictions Posted on January 10, 2017 by Salim Masoud Said in AFCON2017 Previews, Africa Cup of Nations 2017 // 0 Comments Mali’s exit at AFCON 2015, which was decided by the drawing of lots, was seen as the karmic payback for the bone-chilling football they have subjected viewers to.

They have just turned 18 or will be 18 years old soon. African football talents who were born in 1998 and 1999 are waiting for their chance to move to Europe this year. I present ten of them who want to follow Wolfsburg's winter signingVictor Osimhen and whom every European club should have in mind.

  1. 'The AFCON has just started for all of us and we were against a Mauritania team with talent. We had set up a system, but from the start my team sinned by leaving midfield spaces and opened up to.
  2. The defending AFCON champs missed out on the 2018 World Cup after advancing to the FIFA tournament in 2010 and 2014. But in addition to winning the AFCON title in 2017, Cameroon has hoisted the trophy in 1984, 1988, 2000, and 2002. 27-year-old striker Vincent Aboubakar has scored over 30 goals for Porto since 2014.
  3. Egypt national team will play its second match in the African Cup of Nations, held in Gabon, against Uganda, in a Group D tie at Port Gentil stadium on Saturday night. Speaking in Spanish through an interpreter, Egyptian team's coach Hector Cuper told the media at the pre-match presser that the prime objective for Saturday’s game is to seek maximum points with so many goals.
  4. The final of the AFCON 2017 is on Sunday 5 February. From an Arsenal point of view, the sooner Egypt get knocked out the better. We could do with Elneny’s calm head as an option in the centre of the park now that Granit Xhaka has a four-game ban for his red card against Burnley.

Ignatius Ganago

Ignatius Ganago Kpene's CV is exemplary for quite a few top talents in Africa. A 1,77 m tall striker who prefers to play centre forward Ganago has never played for any of Cameroon's junior national teams.

The reason? Ganago plays for elite youth academy 'Ecole de Football Brasseries du Cameroun'. Speed downloader for mac crack. Brasseries which formed stars like Clinton Njie has a good reputation and strong contacts with major European clubs like Olympique Lyon or RSC Anderlecht. Thus Brasseries doesn't need the (often corrupt) junior national teams in order to promote its players.

Ganago promoted himself by showing an exceptional performance at annual 'Tournoi de Limbe' in December. He is a very aggressive and fast striker with an extraordinary physique (jumps 70 cm) and a clean finish. It is hardly conceivable that he will not score in Europe soon.

Update: Ganago has signed with OGC Nice.

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Boubacar Traoré

In contrast to Ganago Malian striker Boubacar Traoré has an extraordinary record as a youth international. 2015 African U-17 Championship winner (3 goals) and vice champion at the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile (2 goals) Traoré has already demonstrated his skills to a broad audience.

His strong physique, his determination to score goals and a good finish with both his right food and his head make Traoré (1,80 m tall) a promise for the future on the crucial centre-forward position. While Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen was transferred to Wolfsburg Traoré, second best scorer of 2015 U-17 Afcon, is still in the waiting line.

Update: SPOCS arranged a trial at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ablie Jallow

Generation Foot – partner academy of FC Metz in Senegal – usually recruiting young teenagers has recently signed 18 year old Ablie Jallow. The captain of Gambia's U-20 national team might be prepared at Generation Foot's Ligue 1 side for a future move to Metz.

There is no question that Jallow has the talent to make it to France next summer. A fine technician and a reliable team player Jallow impresses fans and officials with strong performances, quite a few goals, good free kicks and assists in his first (and probably last) season in Senegal.

Update: Jallow will move to FC Metz this summer.

Guy Marcelin Kilama

Ganago's teammate Guy Marcelin Kilama is Brasseries' second big prospect for 2017. A 1,80 m tall central midfielder who usually plays as a number eight but can also be employed as a defensive midfielder or even a central defender Kilama shows also big leading qualities.

His game reminds observers a bit of Sami Khedira – less powerful but more technical though. Like the German international Kilama finds the right spaces to leave his mark on the game and score goals. Additionally he has a good vision and passing, solid technique and plays very intelligently.


Sidiki Maiga

When Galatasaray Istanbul tested Malian U-20 international Sidiki Maiga before Christmas Turkish media was very enthusiastic about the youngster's performances. But instead of joining Galatasaray's winter training camp Maiga returned to Mali (and turned 18).

Maiga's club Real Bamako is now waiting for the best offer for the U-17 Afcon champion and runners-up at the 2015 U-17 World Cup (3 goals). There is no doubt that Maiga will soon be playing for a major club in Europe.

Update: Maiga has signed with Spanish club AD Alcorcon (2nd division).

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Michael Baidoo

Michael Baidoo impressed observers and scouts for the first time at 2015 Soccer Fiesta in Accra, Ghana. Since then Vision FC's number 98 growed in size and in his game. Fast moving and very determined to score Baidoo can be a nightmare for any defense.

The 17 year old who usually plays as a deep-lying forward or even a central midfielder has all the qualities to be also employed as a false nine. After a trial at dutch side FC Twente in 2015 Baidoo is waiting for his move to Europe. Vision's president Michael Osekre was quoted in Ghanaian media: 'I am happy with the number of clubs who have expressed interests in getting him.'

Update: Baidoo has signed with FC Midtjylland (Denmark).

Guinea – 05.08.1998 –Winger

Small (1,67 m) but very fast and powerful right-footed winger. Good shot. Plays for 2015 Guinean champion Horoya AC.

Senegal – 11.03.1999 –Forward

He can act like a diva but he hardly ever misses a chance to score. Clean finish, fast and great free kicks. Plays for Generation Foot.

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Update: Niane will move to FC Metz.

Cameroon – 10.02.1999 –Winger

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Physically still a child, technically already a pro. Ofon is a winger with an outstanding first touch and great speed. Club: Best Stars Limbe.

Senegal – 20.09.1999 –Winger

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Tall winger, good dribbling. Voted best player of the international tournament Gaetano Scirea 2015 (Italy). Team: Darou Salam FC.

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