- Despite suffering defeat in the final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), Super Eagles captain William Troost-Ekong got special recognition
- Ekong was declared as the AFCON 2023 Best Player of the Tournament after Nigeria's game against Cote d'Ivoire
- Ekong scored Nigeria's only goal in the final against Ivory Coast after bagging two valuable goals en route to the final
After an exceptional display en route to the final of the 2023 AFCON, Super Eagles captain Williams Troost-Ekong has been honoured by CAF.
Williams Troost-Ekong was crowned the Best Player of the Tournament for his fantastic leadership throughout the competition.
The Super Eagles experienced defeat in the final of the 2023 AFCON against the host country, Ivory Coast, with goals scored by Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller.
Ekong scored the first goal of the final for the Super Eagles from a corner kick in the first half.
Apart from his goal in the final, he also stepped up when it mattered the most for the Eagles during this tournament.
He scored three goals throughout the tournament, including one in the group stage against Cote d'Ivoire and the semi-final against Angola.
Other awardees at the 2023 AFCON
South Africa was crowned the fair play team of the tournament after receiving the fewest cautions.
Simon Adingra was crowned the young player of the tournament.
South African goalie Ronwen Williams was crowned the best Goalkeeper of the competition.
Emiliano Nsue of Equatorial Guinea won the golden with the highest number of goals scored, five (5)
Here's CAF's tweet on Ekong's medal:
How Nigerians reacted to Ekong's medal
See some of the reactions that trailed AFCON's announcement of Ekong as 2023 AFCON MVP:
"So this is our consolation after robbing Nwabali his award?"
"They thought we wanted to win their mumu trophy. Nigeria initial plan. We only came here to beat South Africa and laugh at Ghana bro."
"I know you h@te us. They have to compensate us this you robbed us. What kind of officiating is that. This is so so bad."
"Congratulations king. Well deserved win!"
"Best player of the tournament. Captain, Leader, Legend ❤️ Despite playing with an injury."
"Yesssssssssss. This is what i agree with. Well deserved."
"Congrats Captain. You tried but it was not enough."
"I was expecting this, congrats to Him. His performance was top-notch."
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