The 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) will begin in Egypt on the 21st of June and it is the perfect stage for the best players from the continent to show their talents.
Unfortunately, some of the most talented players from Africa are set to miss the showdown for one reason or the other. All the participating nations released the squads to represent them in Egypt this summer and this article highlights the biggest stars that the fans will miss the most.
Eric Bailly | Cote d’ivoire | Manchester United
The highly talented Ivorian plays mainly as a central defender for Manchester United in the English Premier League. However, he is so good in defence that he can also play as a right-back. He has been deployed in several positions for the National team and the club sides he has represented since he made his debut in Espanyol.
Bailly was part of Hervé Renard’s 23-man squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. The Manchester United man featured in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers for his country and scored two goals to help the Elephants secure their ticket to Egypt. He would have been one of the first names on the team sheet at the tournament but for an injury to his medial ligament.
As a European champion (Europa League 2017) and one of the best players from the continent, he is sure to be missed at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
Musah Nuhu | Ghana | FC St. Gallen
The Black Star is a defender signed to Ghanaian football club West African Football Academy but played last season on loan at Swiss club FC St. Gallen.
The 22-year-old defender suffered an injury in a training session in the Ghana camp in Dubai after colliding with teammate and Newcastle star Christian Atsu. Musah was allowed to leave the Black Stars camp in Dubai and travel back to Switzerland for treatment.
Vincent Aboubakar | Cameroon | Besiktas
Aboubakar is a legend in the history of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon after he scored the winner in the final of the last edition of the AFCON. The striker is signed to FC Porto of Portugal but he was sent on loan to Besiktas for two years. Aboubakar had been in fine form for his club side scoring 4 goals in 6 appearances before he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, causing a long-term absence.
The talented striker was named in the 23-man squad that represented Cameroon at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was only 18 at the time and was the only player in the squad who was based in Cameroon.
He represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations where he scored the goal that secured the title.
Tyronne Ebuehi | Nigeria | Benfica
The talented right-back was one of the best players on the pitch when the Super Eagles played England as part of their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
He represented Nigeria in Russia coming up as a substitute in the second half of Nigeria’s game against Iceland in June 2018. The Nigeria international sustained damage to his left anterior cruciate ligament in July 2018 and has not played a competitive game since then.
Ogenyi Onazi | Nigeria | Trabzonspor
The talented midfielder made his name with Lazio in the Italian Serie A. He is currently signed to Turkish giants Trabzonspor but will not be featuring in the 2019 Edition of AFCON because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The midfielder had a successful surgery on his knee but has not featured since December 2018. Onazi who was part of the Super Eagles squad that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title, he will be missed at AFCON especially by the Nigerian fans.
While there are more stars who will miss out on this edition of AFCON, the players listed here will be missed by the fans of their national teams and the lovers of African football. However super stars like Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Mikel Obi, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Nicolas Pepe will grace the event.
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