Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released the full list of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) starting XI.

The competition which commenced on January 11 and ended on February 11, 2024, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast took exactly a month

The host nation, Ivory Coast, won the 34th edition of to clinch their third AFCON title. The Elephants beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria in an intriguing final that ended 2-1, courtesy of goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller, who both cancelled out William Troost-Ekong’s first-half lead.

In the released starting XI, three Nigerian players – Captain William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina and winger, Ademola Lookman, made the list.

The 30-year-old captain had three goals in the competition and also bagged the Player of the Tournament award.

Aina who was also included in the Starting XI performed marvellously in the tournament, starting all seven matches for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Also Lookman, who plays at the Italian club, Atalanta, registered three goals for the Super Eagles and emerged as one of Nigeria’s best performers in the competition.

Three players from Ivory Coast – Jean Michael Seri, Ghislan Konan and former Barcelona midfielder, Franck Kessie, were also featured in the list.

Democratic Republic of Congo has one player on the list – Yoane Wissa.

South African goalkeeper, Ronwen Williams, and midfielder Teboho Mokoena are also on the list.

Ivory Coast’s manager, Emerse Fae was selected as the coach for the starting XI.

Equatorial Guinea’s striker, Emilio Nsue, bagged five goals and won the Puma Golden Boot award.

See the full starting list:


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Ronwen Williams – South Africa


Ola Aina – Nigeria

Ghislan Konan – Ivory Coast

William Troost-Ekong – Nigeria

Chancel Mbemba – DR Congo


Teboho Mokoena – South Africa

Jean Michael Seri – Ivory Coast

Franck Kessie – Ivory Coast


Yoane Wissa – DR Congo

Ademola Lookman – Nigeria

Emilio Nsue – Equatorial Guinea