This Sunday evening, the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations ended with the victory of Ivory Coast against Nigeria (2-1). The third star for the elephants passing through all the states in this competition which started a month ago. A competition where many players in both the senior and junior teams shined. And with this African Cup over, here is our typical squad for the competition. In the cage, it’s hard to think of any player other than him Ronwen Williams (South Africa). The Bafna Baf captain has been heroic this CAN with crucial saves and particularly exciting moments during the penalty shootout.
He single-handedly qualified South Africa against Cape Verde by repelling 4 opposition shots during the session. He was also instrumental in offering his team a bronze medal against DRC in the same exercise. Against him, we find in the right defender Ola Aina (Nigeria). The Nottingham Forest player was dominant in this competition in this piston role with plenty of activity on the right lane. Clean defensively, he knew how to connect with his teammates. A great find. In central defense, we find both Truce-Ekong (Nigeria) And Chancelle Mbemba (DRC). Won first place as the best player in the competition. Captain of the Super Eagles, he scored three goals including this header in the final in this CAN which was enough for his team. Solid in duels, he was the leader of his team’s defense. He is accompanied by OM defender who shone with DRC. The author of the XXL group stage, he showed good things in the rest of the tournament, even if it ended with this missed penalty that cost him against South Africa. Finally, on the left, Ghislaine Conan (Ivory Coast) delivered a very serious CAN with Ivory Coast. He acted without ever being overwhelmed and what’s more, he brought menace to his lane terribly. a soldier.
Osimhen as leader, Adingra the nugget
In the midfield, we decided the first position Samuel Moutousamy (DRC). The FC Nantes player was one of the great architects of his team’s good run in this CAN. Perfect for recovery, he was very valuable during knockout matches. The real balance of Sebastien Desabre’s system when he often had to manage the midfield alone. In our eleven, it is with the revelation of South Africa Teboho Mokoena (South Africa). The 27-year-old has often stood out for his technical quality and particularly his fine right foot. He scored an excellent free kick against Morocco, but was also very skilful during the penalty shootout and delivered several caviars to his teammates. Finally to complete the middle, we find … Frank Casey (Ivory Coast). The Al-Ahly midfielder experienced a very special CAN. Average during the group stage, he completely woke up from the round of 16. In the decider against Senegal, he was surprisingly serious after that. And in this final against Nigeria, he seems to be lacking. Boss CAN.
Finally, our attack is made up of a very interesting trio. At the top, we find Victor Osimhen (Nigeria). It was a difficult final for the Napoli star, it’s true. But his CAN commands respect because he was the leader of his people. A scorer on just one occasion in the competition, he was invaluable to his team with a perfect attitude, especially for giving of himself. He is the one who increased the pressing efforts, who took his place, who managed the strong and weak moments… in short, a real captain. This is with him in eleven Lecithin Cinnayoko (gardener). AJ Auxerre player had a very good CAN. Author of three goals, he was poison to all defences. Of course his CAN changed against Ivory Coast, but he showed more than a pretty face. Finally, to complete our attack, it is difficult to choose. It was Emilio Nsue (Equatorial Guinea) who finished as the top scorer in the competition despite his team being eliminated in the 8th round. But, we decided to focus Simon Adingra (Ivory Coast). The young Brighton winger has always been interesting in his entries. His decisive goal against Mali completely changed the Ivory Coast CAN. Then, he earned his place in Faé’s 11 and provided two assists in this CAN final. A CAN where he finished best youngster.