France Football names top three local African strikers

French football publication France Football named their top three African forwards based in the continent who are set to burst onto the scene.

The three players listed were Jackson Muleka (TP Mazembe – DR Congo), Mostafa Mohamed (Zamalek – Egypt) and Karim Aribi (ES Sahel – Algeria). 

Mazembe hitman Jackson Muleka has been in the news quite a lot recently, with the likes of Olympique Marseille, Al Ahly and RC Lens reportedly making offers for the 20-year-old. 

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Jackson Muleka


Muleka has already established himself as one of the best players based in Africa. He has lifted the league title, CAF Confederation Cup and Super Cup already. Additionally, the DRC international has already entered the record books in the CAF Champions League. He has 14 goals in his first 30 games, making him the joint 10th highest scorer in the history of Africa’s elite club competition.


U23 AFCON champion Mostafa Mohamed was also named by France Football. The Zamalek striker has emerged as a glimmer of hope for Egyptian football aged just 22. Like Muleka, he is the key striker for one of Africa’s top sides at the moment.

According to FF, he has reportedly received interest from Anderlecht and Rangers. Mohamed scored 8 goals for Zamalek in the league and in the CAFCL this season. He already has 31 goals and 10 assists to his name in all competitions in less than four seasons as a professional.


The last name is Algerian striker Karim Aribi. After scoring 10 goals in 14 Algerian Ligue 1 matches for DRB Tadjenanet, Etoile du Sahel signed him for approximately a third of a million dollars in January 2019.

At Etoile, Aribi has been a hit in the Champions League, scoring 6 times in 10 appearances. FF likened him to compatriots Islam Slimani and Baghdad Bounedjah for their similarities in stature. 

Aged 25, Aribi is yet to have appeared for Les Verts, but should he continue to improve on his form or move to a European club than Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi will be forced to take a look at him.



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