Goal Africa Power Rankings: April 2019

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Goal reveal our ranking of the top 20 African footballers in the world today

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    #20 Anthony Nwakaeme

    The Nigeria international breaks into our Top 20 following an outstanding recent run with Trabzonspor. He’s made 17 decisive contributions this term, of which 10 have been goals, prompting talk of a return to the Super Eagles fold.

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    #19 Joel Matip

    Despite being criticised earlier in his injury-hit Liverpool career, Matip is proving his qualities at just the right time for Jurgen Klopp’s title hopefuls. Notably, he’s come good in the big games, as clean sheets were kept in 0-0 draws against Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Everton. Similarly, he excelled in the away victory against the German giants, and kept Chelsea at bay as the Reds won 2-0 to fuel their championship aspirations.

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    #18 Youcef Atal

    The Algeria wideman continues to reaffirm his qualities week in, week out for OGC Nice, where he’s been one of the most eye-catching players in Ligue 1 so far this term. He was one of 11 players nominated for the 2019 Marc-Vivien Foe award, celebrating the best African players in France.

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    #17 Tammy Abraham

    Aston Villa are currently on a 10-game winning streak, their best run since 1910, and Abraham has been central to that success. He’s scored 25 in 37 during the Championship campaign—firing the Midlands heavyweights into the playoff positions—and after he overcomes his current shoulder problems, will be critical as the Villains look to return to the Premier League.

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    #16 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    The Anglo-Congolese wonderkid makes the cut after a sensational season with Crystal Palace. Until he plays in a competitive match for the Three Lions, Wan Bissaka remains eligible for our power rankings, and it’s hard to name too many Premier League full-backs who have demonstrated the youngster’s combination of defensive assurance and attacking confidence.

  6. #15 Sebastien Haller

    The Franco-Ivorian forward had already proved his goalscoring credentials in Dutch football before netting nine for Eintracht Frankfurt last term during his maiden Bundesliga season. However, this season, he’s hit new heights, and has already scored 14 goals and contributed nine assists as Frankfurt maintain their push for an unlikely Champions League berth. At 6’3, he’d be an ideal line-leader for the Cote d’Ivoire…if Ibrahim Kamara can tempt him to join the fold.

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    #14 Achraf Hakimi

    Hakimi drops down in our rankings following a metatarsal injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season. The Morocco full-back may yet win a Bundesliga winner’s medal with Borussia Dortmund, but he faces a race against time to be fit for the Africa Cup of Nations.

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    #13 Ishak Belfodil

    The Algeria international is another Bundesliga star currently enjoying the form of his life in the German top tier. He scored his first career hat-trick in an outstanding display against Augsburg, and would have scored three in an earlier clash with Bayer Leverkusen had Andrej Kramaric not finished off his goalbound effort. Belfodil has seven in his last four, and 15 this season.

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    #12 Yacine Brahimi

    The key contributions have become fewer and further between for Brahimi this term, and he wholly failed to influence FC Porto’s Champions League double-header against Liverpool. Admittedly, he was only given 28 minutes in the first leg, and should expect to have plenty more opportunities to impress as the Portuguese giants look to pip Benfica to the title.

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    #11 Wilfried Zaha

    While Zaha endured a slow end to 2018, he’s really come into some top form in early 2019, scoring six since late January, including a fine effort as Crystal Palace defeated Arsenal 3-2 last weekend. Could one of Europe’s biggest sides finally make a move for the Ivorian international over the coming months?

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    #10 Wilfred Ndidi

    The Nigeria international continues to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the world game, and has recently excelled in Leicester City’s victories over Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town. However, his underwhelming showing in the Foxes’ 1-0 home defeat by Newcastle United has raised concerns that a long, tiring season may be getting the better of him.

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    #9 Wahbi Khazri

    Khazri might have a case to be Africa’s most underrated player in the world today. Ignoring a recent red card against Lille, his form continues to be excellent, he’s contributed four assists and scored one in his last six games. He currently has 18 decisive contributions for Saint-Etienne so far this term.

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    #8 Thomas Partey

    The Ghana powerhouse looks to be coming to form at just the right time for the Nations Cup. He was influential as Atletico Madrid smashed Deportivo Alaves 4-0 recently—finding the net—and also contributed an assist in the midweek 3-2 victory over Valencia. He’s certainly bounced back from the red card his picked up in the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid, and will be a key man for the Black Stars this summer.

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    #7 Mbaye Diagne

    The goals just keep on coming for Diagne. He has seven in his last six, taking his tally to 28 for the season for Kasimpasa and then Galatasaray. Could the Senegal hitman be the favourite for the Africa Cup of Nations golden boot?

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    #6 Kalidou Koulibaly

    The Senegal centre-back is another high-profile African talent linked with a move away from his current employers—Napoli. The defender has endured a few testing outings recently, notably against Arsenal in the Europa League, and his two-goal showing against Chievo was an outlier. However, expect Koulibaly’s quality to shine through again.

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    #5 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Despite Arsenal’s troubles, Aubameyang is still enjoying a fine season. The Gabon international has scored 19 goals this term—even though he hasn’t always been an automatic first-choice under Unai Emery—and remains Africa’s greatest goalscorer.

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    #4 Hakim Ziyech

    Is Ziyech Africa's top playmaker in the world today? The stats would suggest so; Ziyech has 16 goals and 12 assists in the Eredivisie this term, while he’s also impressed in the Champions League, notably contributing an assist as Ajax advanced past Juventus.

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    #3 Nicolas Pepe

    LOSC Lille have enjoyed a sensational campaign, going from relegation strugglers last term to Champions League qualifiers this season. Pepe has been key, and may well be poached by a European giant this summer. The wideman scored one and contributed two assists as Les Dogues thumped French champions Paris Saint-Germain 5-1, and currently has 30 decisive contributions in Ligue 1 this term.

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    #2 Mohamed Salah

    Salah drops in the rankings after an eight-match goalless run—the longest he’s gone without netting since moving to Liverpool. He’s responded with goals against Southampton, Chelsea and FC Porto—and was honoured at the Time 100 gala as one of the world's most influential people. Can the Pharaoh regain top spot during the season run-in?

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    #1 Sadio Mane

    The Senegal superstar moves into top spot in our rankings following an exceptional few months with Liverpool. Mane is proving himself to be a genuine big-game player, and netted a double against Bayern Munich to take Liverpool into the Champions League quarter-finals. Against FC Porto, he also struck in the 4-1 second-leg victory, and netted as the Reds downed Chelsea 2-0 to maintain their title challenge.