Afcon 2022 - The players to look out for (And their boots!)
With the 33rd edition of the African Cup Of Nations underway, we thought we'd take a look at some of the stars to look out for and more importantly, what football boots they'll be wearing!
Romain Saiss - Morocco (Wolves)
Commonly known as the 'Moroccan Maldini' by his manager and wolves fans alike, the 31-year-old is having the season of his life as he looks to captain his national side to their 3rd Afcon win. After beginning his career as a central midfielder, over recent seasons he's morphed into statistically one of the best ball playing centre backs in the Premier league and completely owns this role in the Moroccan national side. Expect to see Saiss lace up in his trusty Puma Future Z's, one of the most comfortable boots on the market.
Thomas Partey - Ghana (Arsenal)
Thomas Partey is the ultimate box to box midfielder. Not only is he a force to be reckoned with, he's technically fantastic with the ball at his feet and can make those deep runs that slice through midfields like a hot knife through butter. He's going to be such a miss for Arsenal this month that manager Arteta is considering to dip into the transfer market just for a temporary replacement whilst he's gone. Partey will of course be wearing the Adidas X Speedflow's, whilst on international duty due to his sponsorship commitments to Adidas.
Sebastien Haller - Ivory Coast (Ajax)
After his January 2021 move away from the London Stadium, Sebastien Heller's career has gone from strength to strength. On the 7th of December, Haller scored in Ajax's final Champions League group match, and in the process became only the second player to score in all six group games after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017–18 whilst also becoming the fastest player to 10 goals in competition history. Not bad ay? We're expecting big things from this six foot three forward going into this competition in fine form. Haller is a big fan of the Puma Ultra 1.3's and will of course be wearing throughout Afcon 2022 due to his sponsorship commitments to the German brand.
By Ewan Baggott