In this new series, SFG will be counting down the days to AFCON with a goal a day to keep the doctor away. There have been some great, memorable goals scored in AFCON history and these, though not in ranked in order of superiority, are surely 20 of the best. First up, we revisit Ahmed Ouattara’s cheeky finish against Mali in the third place match of AFCON 1994.
It all starts with Ousmane Soumano giving the ball away to Adama Kone through carelessness. The midfielder is in his own half and just outside the centre circle, so not in a dangerous position, but he quickly takes two players out of the game with his fleet-footedness. A neat back-heel from Michel Bassole back to Kone sees his first-time ball release Ahmed Ouattara. The Africa Sports striker still has a lot to do but he rides Moussa Keita’s challenge, looks up, sends the keeper to sleep with the dummy and slots the ball through his legs.
Has Alexis Sanchez been trawling through grainy African football videos to find new ways of finishing? We’ll let you decide. Ivory Coast coach Henryk Kasperczak, who will be managing Tunisia at AFCON 2017, rightly looks delighted. FC Sion were equally impressed and snapped Ouattara up after the tournament, and Sporting Lisbon deemed him good enough to loan him for a two-year spell while he was still contracted to the Swiss side. He eventually justified his AFCON 1994 hype when he went back to his parent club, scoring 17 goals in 30 games in his final season to seal a move to Basel.