2017 Africa Cup of Nations ambassador Abdul Razak affectionately called “Goden boy” has named star players that he believe will be the biggest names to watch in Gabon next year featuring reigning African footballer of the Year Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang.
But there were no mentions of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah of AS Roma, Yannick Bolasie of DR Congo and Ghana’s captain Asamoah Gyan .
However Ghanaian duo Andre Ayew of West Ham United and Chelsea’s Christian Atsu on loan at Newcastle United did not escape the attention of Razak – himself a Ghanaian superstar of yesterday.
Also the 1978 AFCON winner considered Algeria trio of Riyad Mahrez,Islam Slimani and Yacine Brahimi but Brahimi currently is out form as he struggles to start games at Porto and in the national team – nevertheless he is a fine footballer.
Liverpool and Senegal pacy forward Sadio Mane has been so valuable to club and country and deservedly won the admiration of the great African footballer.
“Algeria have Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Yacine Brahimi; Andre Ayew (Ghana) if he is fit and Christian Atsu, who can deliver on a good day. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has always been there for Gabon and Sadio Mane of Senegal.” Abdul Razak told cafonline.com ahead of Thursday’s draw in Libreville.