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Diakhaby faces a Valencian team in the Africa Cup

by PREMIUM.CAT
Dos jugadores de fútbol están parados en un estadio con sus uniformes puestos y mirando a la cámara con una expresión seria en el rostro, Aramenta Dianthe Vail, masculino, una foto de archivo, de estilo.

Valencia prepares for Atlético while Diakhaby plays in Africa

While Valencia focuses on the match against Atlético de Madrid after beating Athletic Club, there is a player who has another challenge in mind: the duel against Equatorial Guinea. This is Diakhaby, who is participating in the Africa Cup with Mali this month. On Sunday he will play at the same time as his Valencian teammates, who will do so at 9:00 p.m. at the Civitas Metropolitano. And he will do so with the confidence of being one of the best five defenders in the tournament in statistical value (SofaScore data). The coach gave him a rest in the last game of the group stage, in which they had already secured a place in the second round.

Diakhaby, a leader in the defense of Mali

In the first two games, Diakhaby was the most prominent of the defense. The first match ended with a 1-1 against Cameroon, in which he was firm and brilliant in the duels. In the second, against Gambia, he was also the best rated in the defensive line, in a clash that ended with victory and without conceding any goals. After resting in the third, the footballer has his mind set on Sunday’s match, in which he will face Equatorial Guinea. At the end of the group stage, only Montassar Talbi (Tunisia), Kialonda Gaspar (Angola), Calvin Bassey (Nigeria) and Longan Costa (Cape Verde) have better numbers than the Valencia player.

Equatorial Guinea, the surprise of the Africa Cup with a Valencian flavor

The Africa Cup has one of the protagonists of the tournament in Nzalang. Equatorial Guinea has become one of the revelation teams, taking into account that it is one of the countries with the fewest outstanding players in the major leagues. However, Nsue and company’s team has earned the respect of the entire continent after an impressive group stage. First with Nigeria and Ivory Coast in a very difficult group and also giving shows with an excellent level from most of their important men. And many of them have a Valencian accent. They were Salvador, Nsue, Pablo Ganet, Akapo…

Nsue, the tournament’s scorer

The big name of the tournament is being Nsue. He scored a hat-trick against Guinea-Bissau and a brace against Ivory Coast. He has five goals in three games and the feeling of being a player who, despite his age, has no limits in a tournament like the Africa Cup. He is one of the leaders of the locker room and curiously he is currently at Intercity, eighth in Group 2 of Primera RFEF. In fact, in the three games prior to the Africa Cup he scored a goal and he already has 7 this year, a figure higher than the entire last season.

Pablo Ganet, the brain of the team

Another footballer who is in Primera RFEF is Pablo Ganet. The talented Alcoyano player played for Real Murcia last season and although it was difficult for him to enter El Collao, he is a footballer who is going further. And at 29 years old he is showing that maturity and that point of leadership that even takes the lead in the celebrations.

Akapo, the ex-Valencianista who dreams of making history

On the other hand there is Akapo. Undisputed starter and even with an assist in the duel against Ivory Coast, the Equatorial Guinea player has also shown that he is one of the ‘bosses’ of a dressing room that truly thinks about achieving something great. As happens in some ways with Baraja’s Valencia, in that locker room they are convinced that despite all the weaknesses, the goal must be ambitious. And Akapo, an ex-Valencianista, is one of those who are clear about that philosophy.

Iban Salvador, the youth player who debuted at Mestalla

Finally Iban Salvador appears. Former Paterna player, at Valencia CF he made his debut against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey with the first team. At Mestalla, he in front of his people and with confidence on the part of the entity to continue growing. In the end it didn’t happen, but his influence with Equatorial Guinea is total and there are already several African Cups in his pocket.

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