Reigning African footballer of the year Riyad Mahrez will be looking to continue his goal scoring form as The Fennecs take on Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in their second match of the ongoing Afcon 2017 in Gabon.
Mahrez who is topping the scorer’s chat after the first round of matches was impressive in the first match with clinical finishes, grabbing a brace in the 2-2 draw against Warriors of Zimbabwe.
His goals were breath taking especially the opening goal where he had to get the ball past a battery of defenders, who probably have been told to checkmate the African number one who is likely to go the extra mile to prove that he is indeed the best within the season under review.
The Leicester city ace and BBC African footballer of the year leads Gabon international and Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has a goal in the kitty. Others who contributed to the 12 goals scored after opening matches include Andre Ayew (Ghana) Issoufou Dayo (Burkin Faso) Junior Kabananga (DR Congo) Kudakwashe Mahachi (Zimbabwe) Sadio Mané (Senegal) Juary (Guinea Bissau) Kara Mbodj (Senegal) Benjamin Moukandjo and Nyasha Mushekwi (Zimbabwe).
Algeria are banking on Mahrez not only to fire the team to greater height in Gabon but also in the Post Nations cup campaign where the team will be facing Nigeria in continuation of World Cup qualifiers.
Algeria take on their North African neighbors Tunisia Thursday at the Stade de Franceville, just as Taranga Lions with an edge after winning against Tunisia will be hoping to consolidate against hard fighting Zimbabwe