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Football: The 11 players to watch at AFCON 2021.

The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) starts on January 9 in Cameroon, having been delayed a year by the coronavirus pandemic.

While it is close to impossible for an AFCON to come off without a hitch, it has always thrown up memorable storylines and performances, and with some of the world’s finest footballers converging in one space.
Established names like Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Algerian captain Riyad Mahrez, Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Ivorian Franck Kessie need no introduction.

But outside of that, Al Jazeera takes a look at 11 of the continent’s brightest stars to keep an eye on during the tournament.

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