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AFCON 2023 awards: Ekong, Nigeria’s captain emerge tournament’s MVP

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Ekong AFCON Super Eagles

Despite the loss, yesterday at the 2023 CAF African Cup of Nations finals for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, the team’s captain, William Troost Ekong, emerge as the tournament’s most valuable player.

Nigeria lost to host nation, Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.

The Ivorians won 2-1 against Nigeria, courtesy of goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller helped The Elephants clinch their third AFCON trophy.

Below is the full list of awards given at the AFCON:

Ecobank Best Goalkeeper
Ronwen Williams – South Africa

Air Côte d’Ivoire Fair Play Team award
South Africa

Puma Golden Boot winner
Emilio Nsue – Equatorial Guinea (5 goals)

Puma Silver Boot winner
Gelson Dala – Angola (4 goals)

Puma Bronze boot winner
Mostafa Mohamed – Egypt (4 goals)

TotalEnergies Man of the competition
William Troost-Ekong – Nigeria

Best Young Player award
Simon Adingra – Ivory Coast

Best Coach award
Emerse Faé – Ivory Coast


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