Super Eagles captain William Troost-Ekong has been crowned the best player of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after his team emerged runners up, narrowly losing to a determined and hard fighting host nationCôte d’Ivoire, Sunday night.

Troost-Ekong scored three goals in the tournament as he led Nigeria to a second-place finish at the AFCON.

He scored the only goal in the group game against hosts and eventual champions Cote d’Ivoire before repeating the feat in the final.

Ekong also scored Nigeria’s only goal – a penalty – in regulation time in the semi-final against South Africa before scoring in the shootout.

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Meanwhile, South Africa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams won the award for the Goalkeeper of the tournament after his heroics to power the Bafana Bafana to a third-placed finish.

Equatorial Guinea’s Emilo Nsue, who right from the group stage nicked 5 goals. got the Golden Boot award.

Cote D’Ivoire coach Emerse Fae won the coach of the tournament after leading his side to AFCON glory.