The tournament has had some brilliant moments from star players…As the African Cup of Nations reached its conclusion last night with a 9-8 penalty win for Ivory Coast in the final, CaughtOffside looks at the team of the tournament.
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Here is the team:
Goalkeeper: Felipe Ovono (Equatorial Guinea)
The Deportivo Mongomo goalkeeper was an unknown before the start of the tournament but made the most saves, one of the main reasons behind Equatorial Guinea’s excellent performance.
Right back: Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast)
22-year-old, Serge Aurier, continues to build his burgeoning reputation with a very solid outing in Equatorial Guinea. Invaluably contributed in defence and attack, running himself into the ground.
Centre back: Jonathan Mensah (Ghana)
The Ghana centre back is a relative veteran of his national team and although he is in and out of the Evian side in Ligue 1, his organisation for his national side was second to none.
Centre back: Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)
A brilliant farewell tournament to Ivorian legend Kolo Toure. He benefitted from his country playing a similar system to his club, using a back line of three centre backs, and will be more than happy with how his competition panned out.
Left back: Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria)
Faouzi Ghoulam impressed for Algeria and his presence in defence and contributing to attacking phases was a large reason behind his side’s qualification to the quarter finals.