Riyad Mahrez eyes AFCON glory following individual recognition

Riyad Mahrez eyes AFCON glory following individual recognition
Riyad Mahrez

by Bertin Basson

Monday Jan 09, 2017. 16:00

Riyad Mahrez has set his sights on winning the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, this after the winger bagged the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year prize for 2016.

Mahrez played a staring role in leading Leicester City to a first ever English Premier League title last year, with the 25-year-old having enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom.

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The Algerian winger pipped Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the continental accolade and will now be hoping the he along with his fellow countryman can claim a first AFCON crown in 27 years.

"The next thing after this award is the Africa Cup of Nations. My team will try to do good things there," Mahrez is quoted as saying.

Algeria have been drawn in arguably the group of death with Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Africa's top ranked side ,Senegal, making for what is sure to be an immensely competitive Group B.

"Our group is difficult, with some top African sides. It is not going to be easy with the conditions in Africa but we have to be prepared and we have a great team," Mahrez told beIN Sports.



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