Mohamed Salah deserves to be called the best African striker in the world today. Salah has shown his sharpness in recent years with Liverpool, and he is one of those Liverpool players whose performances are almost always consistent.
However, Salah is certainly not the only African striker who is on fire this season. There are more players who managed to do it, as can be seen from their goal collection so far. Here are 5 attackers from Africa who managed to look sharp this season.
Sadio Mane (9 goals) : The first is Salah’s Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane. This Senegalese striker has always been a mainstay of the Reds on the front lines in recent seasons because of his sharpness. This season, Mane’s sharpness remains prominent, with a collection of 9 goals in 18 games in all competitions so far.
The details are 7 goals in 13 Premier League matches and 2 goals in 5 Champions League matches. Most recently , Mane contributed 1 goal and 1 assist when Liverpool slaughtered Arsenal in the 12th week of the Premier League. His collaboration with Salah on the front lines is a valuable asset for Liverpool to achieve success this season.
Victor Osimhen (9 goals) : On par with Mane, Victor Osimhen who plays at Napoli has also scored 9 goals this season. But the number of matches he played was less, namely 14 matches in all competitions. Osimhen himself is a striker from Nigeria who just joined Napoli last season.
Osimhen was brought by Napoli from OSC Lille with a tag of 70 million euros, plus add-ons of around 10 million euros. That value makes Osimhen one of the most expensive African players in history. Can Osimhen prove the worth of his expensive price by continuing to score goals?
Karl Toko Ekambi (10 goals) : Next is Karl Toko Ekambi, a striker from Cameroon who currently plays at Olympique Lyon. He started defending Lyon last season, but in the previous season he had uniformed Lyon on loan from Villarreal. This season, Toko Ekambi has scored 10 goals in 18 matches in all competitions.
The breakdown is 4 goals in Ligue 1 and 6 goals in the Europa League. Toko Ekambi’s prowess in the Europa League was especially vital for Lyon as it helped them to a clean sweep of the first 5 games and have now qualified as group winners. Unfortunately in Ligue 1, Lyon’s achievements have not stood out and are now still stuck in 7th place in the standings.
Taiwo Awoniyi (13 goals) : While Taiwo Awoniyi is a Nigerian striker who has been vicious this season with Union Berlin. Awoniyi has scored 13 goals in 22 matches in all competitions. That includes 8 goals in the Bundesliga, so Awoniyi is third in the Bundesliga’s top scorer list along with two other players.
Awoniyi’s goals also helped Union Berlin sit at the top of the standings, in sixth place to be exact. Interestingly, Awoniyi was in Liverpool’s uniform for 6 seasons from 2015 to 2021. But he did not even get a chance to appear, so he was sold to Union Berlin and is now proving his sharpness.