Cameroon striker Christian Bassogog named AFCON Player of the Tournament
Posted: 6 February 2017 Time: 08:35
Cameroon striker Christian Bassogog has been named as this year’s AFCON Player of the Tournament after performing an influential role in helping The Indomitable Lions to their fifth title.
Bassogog took the top prize that is referred to as the Total Man of the Competition.
The Aalborg BK forward started all six matches in the tournament and was a constant headache for opposition defenders, operating mostly from the right flank.
Though he scored just once, the 21-year-old was a key figure in attack for Cameroon.
This award is voted for by the CAF technical and study group.
Bassogog has enjoyed a rapid rise in his career, moving from his homeland as a teenager to USA before switching to the Danish club that he now refers to as his employer.
Losing finalists Egypt went away with the Fair Play prize, while DR Congo striker Junior Kabananga took home the top goal scorer award after finishing with three goals.
The Indomitable Lions – who will play at the FIFA Confederations Cup this year – also provided three players into the CAF Team of the Tournament.
CAF Team of the Tournament:
Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon) – Modou Kara Mbodji (Senegal), Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt), Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Cameroon) – Bertrand Traore, Charles Kabore (both Burkina Faso), Daniel Amartey, Christian Atsu (both Ghana), Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – Christian Bassogog (Cameroon), Junior Kabananga (DR Congo)
By Lovemore Moyo in Gabon, courtesy of SuperSport