Poor Goals Return In AFCON, A cause For Concern?

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The poor goals return in the first group games at the Africa cup of nations, AFCON has set tongues wagging on the quality of strikers at the tourney.

The AFCON is a championship boasting of Salah, Mane and Aubamayang, so the goals should be surplus.

So far, there have been 12goals from 259 shots in the first group games.

Poor Goals Return AFCON: Salah, Mane and Aubamayang

To put it in context, Champions League top scorer Sebastian Haller failed to have a shot on goal for Cote D’Ivoire against Eq. Guinea.

Meanwhile, in discussing the poor goals return at AFCON, chance creation should be standard.

With an XG of 26.4 and a conversion rate of 4.6%, the strikers can do better for the poor goals return.

The numbers mean it’s a goal-scoring problem.

In comparison, Euros had 24 goals from 24 XG In their first 10games.

Poor Goals Return AFCON: 1st Group games stats
Poor Goals Return AFCON: 1st Group games stats by The Analyst.com

The big target is to see if the 2021 AFCON can surpass the 3.00 goals per game mark.

A feat that hasn’t happened since the 2008 AFCON.

Since the 2008 AFCON in Ghana recorded an average of 3.09 goals scored per game, the goals average continues to reduce.

AFCON-Trophy

Furthermore, Angola 2010 was 2.45 goals per game, while Gabon-Equatorial/Guinea 2012 was 2.38gpg.

South Africa 2013 was 2.16, Equatorial Guinea 2015 was 2.12, Gabon 2017 was 2.06, and Egypt 2019, 1.96.

Expectedly, the poor goals return should give way for more goals as teams will go all out for wins.

The pursuit of a round of 16 will throw up tactical moves by teams.

AFCON Strikers Roll-2021
A roll call of Strikers at the 2021 AFCON.

Already, the second round of matches is proving to be different as Cameroon conjure up four goals against Ethiopia.

Whether that will be the trend is yet to be seen.

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