#AFCON2021: Ranking The Best Eleven Players From The AFCON Round Of 16 Stage

Vincent Aboubakar [Striker]



Aboubakar continued his strong campaign in the AFCON 2021 against Comoros. Scored one vital goal that gave Cameroon an edge over the Coenlacaths, a goal that smashed the highest goal-scoring record in the Africa Cup Of Nation Competition.

Sadio Mane [Winger]



Sadio Mane couldn’t end the match against Cape Verde after suffering a head clash with their goalkeeper. But just before he went off, Mane gave us a cool-headed swerving goal, to sum up, his wonderful performance in that game.

Youssef Msakni [Winger]



The Tunisian winger goal against Nigeria wasn’t just stunning. His performance as well in that game kept the Super Eagles on the bay. His multi-tasking to the defensive position was gorgeous to watch. More of a team player and that’s why he’s on this list.

Youssouf M’Changama [Midfielder]



Playing in a team full of average players didn’t quench the hunger of M’Changama to perform at a top-level. Against a strong Cameroon team, he managed to create good chances before he finally scored a delightful free-kick from miles away. He was the best player for Comoros in that match and his goal is a contender for the best goal in the tournament.

Martin Hongla [Midfielder]



Hongla covering up for Zambo Anguissa deterioration has probably made him the best midfielder in this tournament. His games by number are incredible, he made 103 touches against Comoros, 4 key passes, and registered 1 assist.

Wilfred Ndidi



Nigeria not qualifying to the next stage was the only pang in Ndidi’s performance against Tunisia. Individually, he was the best player in the midfield and also the best in the match. Made 47 touches, 24 accurate passes, won 6 ground duels, and also made 3 tackles. The lone moment when Ndidi was dribbled past led to the Tunisia goal.

Achraf Hakimi [Full Back]



Delivered a top-notch performance against a well-composed Malawi team. Achraf going forward from his position was always a danger to the opposition. Unbeatable for the Malawian defender, his free-kick goal marked his second free-kick goal in this tournament.

Ola Aina [Full Back]



Ola Aina’s consistent positivity with the ball is the difference between him and other players. He moves the ball forward from his right-back position than any other player. He had to brilliantly switch to the left-back position where Simon Moses was being caged to forcefully unlock Tunisia’s defense. He made 3 interceptions, 2 tackles, and lastly no player dribbled past him in that game.

Saul Coco [Centre Back]

Equatorial Guinea might have been labeled as an underdog but they surely possess a strong defense barricade. To get a shot at their goalie, you have to pass through Saul Coco. He isn’t an easy man to beat, made 6 clearances, 3 blocked shots, and his 3 vital interceptions were enough to send Equatorial Guinea to the penalty shoot outs which they eventually won.

Eric Bailly [Centre Back]



If you stroll through your new feeds, the information you would be seeing about Eric Bailly is how he missed a penalty against Egypt. His major performance in the game has not been talked about. He made Mohamed Salah look like an ordinary player, that was Salah’s worst game since the match against Nigeria. All his tricks and runs were all constrained by Bailly. He made 11 clearances, blocked 4 shots, 3¬†interceptions, no single player dribbled past him in the game.

Mohamed El-Shenawy [Goal Keeper]



The Sailor behind the Egyptian cruising ship in Garoua is El-Shenawy. He verified the reason why he was chosen as the best goalkeeper in the group stage. The game against Ivory Coast could have been long gone if not for the Al-Ahly goalie saves He made seven saves, three saves from inside the box. Of course, we can’t forget Haller’s close-range header which he thumped over the bar.

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