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Ekong Clinches AFCON MVP, Nwabali Misses Keeper’s Honor

William Troost-Ekong, the formidable Super Eagles defender, has been recognized as the standout player of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, as reported by PUNCH Sports Extra.

Ekong’s commanding performances throughout the tournament earned him this prestigious title. Despite Nigeria narrowly missing out on securing their fourth AFCON title, Ekong’s contributions were undeniable. His notable display included scoring three crucial goals, notably one in the final match against Ivory Coast, where he rose high to head in a corner kick, marking a significant moment in the game.

During the tournament, Ekong’s presence was felt in every game except one, showcasing his reliability and consistency. His scoring prowess was evident with two goals from penalty kicks in earlier matches against the host nation and South Africa, in addition to his decisive goal during the shootout in the semi-finals.

While Ekong received accolades for his stellar performance, South Africa’s goalkeeper, Ronwen Williams, secured the title of the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Williams’ remarkable achievement included maintaining five clean sheets and conceding only three goals throughout the competition, surpassing Super Eagles’ goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.

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In another notable recognition, Equatorial Guinea’s Emilio Nsue clinched the highest goal scorer award, thanks to his remarkable five-goal haul during the group stages, cementing his status as a standout performer.

Troost-Ekong’s exceptional display throughout the AFCON tournament not only earned him personal accolades but also contributed significantly to Nigeria’s commendable second-place finish. His leadership on the field and scoring prowess were pivotal in the team’s journey to the final.

Additionally, the coaching brilliance of Cote d’Ivoire’s Emerse Fae was acknowledged as he guided his team to AFCON glory, showcasing his adeptness in leading the squad to success.

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