The Africa Cup of Nations is quick approaching, set to kick off on Sunday January 9 in Cameroon and concluding on February 6.
5 Main League Soccer gamers might be competing within the event throughout the off season.
This is a breakdown of all of the MLS gamers set to characteristic within the event…
Jonathan Mensah is about to characteristic for Ghana within the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, serving as an anchor of his nation’s backline. The Columbus Crew participant is not any stranger to worldwide competitors, racking up 68 senior caps since his 2009 debut.
Mensah returns to the event after having performed each minute of Ghana’s marketing campaign in 2015 that noticed them attain the ultimate earlier than finally falling in penalty kicks to Ivory Coast.
The Houston Dynamo center-back returns to motion with Zimbabwe within the upcoming event. Hadebe has made 32 appearances for his nation since debuting in 2014, recording 4 targets throughout that point.
This won’t be his first AFCON event after that includes within the 2019 version, taking part in all three group stage matches. He was known as as much as Zimbabwe’s roster in 2017 however didn’t make an look.
Seattle Sounders fan favourite Nouhou is on the roster for AFCON host nation Cameroon. The defender has solely made six senior appearances for the Indomitable Lions since debuting in 2017.
Nouhou is bound to make an impression in AFCON after changing into an everyday for the MLS aspect, racking up 110 first-team appearances and getting named an All-Star for the primary time in 2021.
Philadelphia Union participant Olivier Mbazio might be becoming a member of Cameroon in Group A because the host nation competes within the 2021 AFCON. The appropriate-back has made eight senior-team appearances since debuting in 2020, and might be trying to achieve expertise along with his aspect.
The 24-year previous has change into an everyday for Jim Curtin’s Philadelphia Union squad, beginning 28 of his 30 appearances whereas dispensing 4 assists throughout 2,489 minutes.
Philadelphia Union will ship a second consultant to the event, seeing 28-year-old Monteiro characteristic for Cape Verde. The participant has made 16 senior appearances for the African nation since debuting in 2016 throughout AFCON qualifiers.
Monteiro has recorded one worldwide aim, scoring in a 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier towards Liberia.