Bounedjah - the secret weapon of Les Fennecs

Baghdad bounedjah

His statistics either with the national team (11 goals in 25 caps) or his Qatari club Al Sadd club (110 goals in 85 appearances) is impressive.

Baghdad Bounedjah is the preferred central forward of Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi. He might have scored just a goal at the Total African Cup of Nations Egypt 2019, but the former USM El-Harrach (Algeria) and ES Sahel (Tunisia) marksman has the tendency to score at any time.

He may not be playing in an upscale championship, but he has every asset of a high class striker. Kenya coach Sébastien Migne is an admirer of the Al Saad forward, who scored the opener when Algeria beat the Harambee Stars in their Group C clash.

Frenchman Migne rates the 27-year old as "one of the best strikers in the world today."

"He (Bounedjah) is one of the best strikers in the world today," Kenya coach Sebastien Migne

Despite a good start to the competition, the native of Oran failed to find the back of the net against Senegal, and even against Tanzania, after coming on in the latter stages.

The forward came to the AFCON on the back of a stellar season with Al Saad where he scored an incredible 44 goals in all competitions for the Qatari club. Since last September, he has found the back of the net seven times for Les Fennecs, with five of them in a row.

Against Guinea on Sunday in their Round of 16 clash, Bounedjah will be hoping to find his scoring boots to aid Les Fennecs quest for a first continental title since 1990.