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CAF Names William Troost-Ekong Best Player Of AFCON 2023

 

William Troost-Ekong, the Super Eagles’ captain, has been awarded the title of the best player in the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). 
Despite Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the final, Troost-Ekong’s powerful header showcased his exceptional performance throughout the tournament.
He emerged as the highest-scoring defender, netting three goals while anchoring Nigeria’s defense, which conceded just one goal from open play en route to the final.
Additionally, South Africa’s Ronwen Williams received the best goalkeeper award, while Equatorial Guinea’s Emilio Nsue clinched the top goal scorer title with five goals.
Simon Adingra, at 22 years old, was honored as the best young player, and Cote d’Ivoire’s interim coach, Emerse Faé, received the best coach award. Lastly, South Africa’s Bafana Bafana secured the Fair Play award.
AFCON Awards 2023 Full List
Best Goalkeeper
Ronwen Williams – South Africa
Fair Play Team award
South Africa
Golden Boot winner
Emilio Nsue – Equatorial Guinea (5 goals)
Silver Boot winner
Gelson Dala – Angola (4 goals)
Bronze boot winner
Mostafa Mohamed – Egypt (4 goals)
Man of the competition
William Troost-Ekong – Nigeria
Best Young Player award
Simon Adingra – Ivory Coast
Best Coach award 
Emerse Faé – Ivory Coast
2023 AFCON: Peseiro Hails Players, Concedes Defeat To Cote d’Ivoire
Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro has said his players were not at their best in Sunday’s defeat to Cote d’Ivoire.
Peseiro’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat to the hosts in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking at a press conference after the match, Peseiro stated that his players failed to replicate their previous performance in the competition.
He said: “My players did their best in this tournament, Cote d’Ivoire played better than us in this game. We didn’t show our level.
“The performance on individual and collective level was not good enough for us.
“Cote d’Ivoire played better than us. They played really well. I wanted to win this trophy, my players wanted the trophy as well. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t do it.
“I’m sad, my players are sad too. The performance was not good enough but I can’t fault them. They gave their best in this tournament.
“These things happen in football. Sometimes things don’t go your way.”
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