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Afcon 2021: Most in-form strikers headed to Cameroon

7:28 PM MYT 15/12/2021
Mo Salah, Liverpool 2021-22
This edition of the continental showpiece will see a host of goal-scoring talent bringing their red-hot league form to the tournament 

Cameroon will be playing host to 24 African nations for the continent's biggest sporting event in January 2022 as they battle for supremacy over African football for the next two years.

Reigning champions Algeria will face an uphill battle to defend their crown as most of their challengers boast some amazing firepower, and are banging in goals across the world's elite football leagues.

As the excitement ahead of the tournament continues to grow, GOAL brings you the most in-form African attackers in 2021, who will be competing with their nations for the title come January.

  • Paul Onuachu Genk 2021

    Paul Onuachu (28 goals)

    The Super Eagles are spoilt for attacking talent this year with Victor Osimhen, Emmanuel Dennis, Taiwo Awoniyi, Simy Nwankwo, Cyriel Dessers, Terem Moffi and Peter Olayinka all available for selection.

    Onuachu, however, has outscored them all this year. He may currently be having a goal drought, having not scored for KRC Genk in the past seven games, but his goalscoring exploits across 2021 get him onto our list.

  • Baghdad Bounedjah Al Sadd Qatar

    Baghdad Bounedjah (32 goals)

    The Al Sadd striker is one of Algeria's leading front men for the Afcon tournament and a strong weapon in their arsenal as they prepare to defend their 2019 title.

    He will have the trickery and creativity of Riyad Mahrez - who himself is no slouch in front of goal - and the bravery of Islam Slimani to partner him up front.

  • Selim El Aabchi of JK Tallinna Kalev

    Selim Al Aabchi (28 goals)

    The 28-year-old forward is one of two high-scoring Moroccans on this list, which should be scary for the Atlas Lions' opponents.

    The Kalev Tallinn forward is one of the most dangerous forwards in the Estonian league and Vahid Halilhodžić will be looking forward to wielding him to great effect.

  • Sebastien Haller

    Sebastian Haller (32 goals)

    The Ivorian forward is the current top scorer of the UEFA Champions League with 10 goals from six games with Ajax Amsterdam.

    He became the second man to score in all the group stage games of a Champions League campaign since Mr Champions League himself, Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Being in such elite company is sure to make Haller push for more, and the Afcon 2021 will be a great stage for him to show his goal-scoring prowess to a global audience.

  • Ayoub El Kaabi

    Ayoub El Kaabi (32 goals)

    The Hatayspor man is the second top scorer of his club with six goals this season as his side try to challenge for the Turkish Super Lig title this season.

    His impeccable form for the Turkish side over 2021 will be missed but the Atlas Lions will surely be looking forward to unleashing him on the rest of Africa.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2021-22

    Mohamed Salah (36 goals)

    Salah has had quite the year for Liverpool. His 36 goals so far in 2021 will be missed by Liverpool fans who are used to seeing the Egyptian banging them in every week.

    His current snub for a place in the 23-man FIFPro World XI shortlist, following his seventh place Ballon d'Or finish, will be a big source of motivation to prove himself further. What better way to do that than to help Egypt win the Afcon title for the eighth time?