Algiers, Algeria – (African Boulevard News) – The TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has kicked off in full swing, and the Algerian wonderkid, Anatouf, is taking the competition by storm. After delivering a man of the match performance with a two-goal return against Somalia in the opening match of the tournament on Saturday, the young footballer now preys on Senegal.
Algeria’s victory over Somalia (3-0) was their first game in this year’s TotalEnergies U17 AFCON, which is being hosted in Morocco. Anatouf, who was instrumental in the team’s win, displayed exceptional skills, pace, and clinical finishing. The 16-year-old striker has already raised eyebrows in the tournament as a name to watch out for.
Anatouf’s potential has earned him a spot in the Algerian football team, even though he is yet to play in his country’s senior team. He has been likened to legendary Algerian players, such as Riyad Mahrez and Yacine Brahimi, who have made a name for themselves in Europe. Anatouf’s talent and skills have caught the attention of several European football clubs, who are reportedly interested in signing him.
According to Algerian coach, Mahmoud Guendouz, “Anatouf has great qualities, and he has a bright future ahead of him. He’s a special player with a lot of potential, and he’s only going to get better with time.” Guendouz’s high praise and expectations for the young footballer prove that he is a force to be reckoned with.
In the next match, Algeria’s U-17 team will face Senegal, who are also considered as one of the tournament favorites. Senegal’s team consists of skillful players, including forward Keita Balde, who has already made a name for himself in European football. The match against Senegal will be a crucial one for Algeria as they look to continue their winning momentum.
Anatouf and his team will need to be at their best to overcome the challenge posed by a strong Senegalese side. However, given the young striker’s current form and impressive skills, it would not come as a surprise if he continues to shine in the tournament.
The TotalEnergies U17 AFCON promises to be an exciting tournament with some of the best young footballers from across Africa competing against each other. With players like Anatouf leading the way, Algerian football fans will be hoping for their team to go all the way and lift the trophy in this year’s competition.