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Algeria's Bennacer named AFCON best player, Nigeria's Ighalo wins Golden Boot

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Jul 2019
Algeria's midfielder Ismail Bennacer (Photo: AFP)
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Algeria midfielder Ismael Bennacer was awarded the best player prize of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

The 22-year-old tireless midfielder produced a string of outstanding performances, breaking up most of the opponents' attacks but also remarkably providing three assists upfront, including the one from which Baghdad Bounedjah scored the winner in a 1-0 final victory over Senegal.

The Empoli midfielder is the only player to feature in Algeria's entire seven games. He was only substituted once in injury time against Senegal in the group stage.

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo won the Golden Boot award with a tally of 5 goals. He beat off competition from Sadio Mane of Senegal, Riyad Mahrez and Adam Ounas of Algeria and Cedric Bakambu of DR Congo, who scored two goals each.

It is the best tally for a Nations Cup top scorer since Egyptian striker Mohamed "Gedo" Nagy scored five goals in 2010.

Algeria's Rais M'Bolhi was also named the tournament's best keeper, thanks to some superb displays between the sticks. 


AFCON 2019 awards:

Best player: Ismael Bennacer (Algeria)
Best keeper: Rais Mbolhi (Algeria)
Top scorer: Odion Ighalo (Nigeria)
Best young player: Krepin Diatta (Senegal)
Fair play award: Senegal

Best XI: Rais Mbolhi (Algeria), Lamine Gassama (Senegal), Yassine Meriah (Tunisia), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Youssef Sabaly (Senegal), Adlene Guedioura (Algeria), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal), Ismael Bennacer (Algeria), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Odion Ighalo (Nigeria), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

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