The 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations ended on a bitter note for the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they were denied their fourth AFCON title by host nation, Côte D’ivoire.
The Elephants of Cote D’ivoire overturned Troost-Ekong’s 38th minute opener in the second half with Franck Kessie and Star striker, Sebastian Halle goals. With the win, the host nation has won the AFCON title three times in their history.
Super Eagles captain’s, William Troost-Ekong, who had an outstanding performance at the tournament was the only Nigerian player to win an award. The defenderwas crowned Player of the Competition for his leadership at the back. Despite Troost-Ekong’s defence mastering, the PAOK player finished as the defender with the goal in the tournament with three goals.. Nigerian goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, although brilliant throughout the competition with four clean sheets to his name and earning praises from Nigerians and football lovers for his wonderful display at the competition, lost Best Goalkeeper to Ronwen Williams of South Africa.
Here 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
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