With two goals and an assist in the 3-2 win over Cameroon, Odion Ighalo (C) underlined his importance to Nigeria

AFCON – Players of round of 16

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The round of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations saw some thrilling and unexpected results, from Nigeria’s epic 3-2 win to knock defending champions Cameroon out, to Morocco’s shock elimination at the hands of Benin, and Madagascar continuing their fairy tale run.

 

DStv viewers have been treated to some thrilling football live and in HD, with SuperSport your home for all the action from the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt until 19 July.

 

Here are the best eight players from the round of 16 at the 2019 AFCON.

 

Odion Ighalo – Nigeria

With two goals and an assist in the 3-2 win over Cameroon, Odion Ighalo underlined his importance to Nigeria – they simply have no one else capable of leading the attack with as much confidence and composure. The Super Eagles striker will be looking to continue his rich form when his team take on old foes South Africa in the quarterfinals.

 

Thembinkosi Lorch – South Africa

Orlando Pirates attacker Thembinkosi Lorch was man of the match against Egypt not just for his beautifully-taken 85th-minute goal, but for a tireless and hard-running performance which constantly stretched Egypt’s defence and prevented them from being as compact and controlled as is usually the case under (now former) coach Javer Aguirre.

 

Riyad Mahrez – Algeria

After a 2018/19 season in which Riyad Mahrez didn’t quite hit the heights with Manchester City, he is reminding us all of his class with some exceptional showings for Algeria in the AFCON. The winger netted the Fennec Foxes’ second goal in their 3-0 win over Guinea, and both he and Algeria look in ominous form ahead of the quarterfinals.

 

Ibrahim Amada – Madagascar

Madagascar midfielder Ibrahim Amada set the tone for his team in their victory over DR Congo, opening the scoring in the game, which ultimately ended 2-2 after extra time, and putting away the first penalty in the shootout. The 29-year-old’s selfless display encapsulates the spirit of togetherness and optimism which has carried Barea so far in this AFCON.

 

Mbaye Niang – Senegal

While Sadio Mane is the undoubted star of Senegal’s team, Mbaye Niang represents the depth of quality in support of the Teranga Lions’ bigger names. The 24-year-old set up Mane for the only goal against Uganda and gave a fine showing in attack which always had the Cranes’ defence worried.

 

Owolabi Saturnin Allagbe – Benin

Benin’s goalkeeper Owolabi Saturnin Allagbe gave a fantastic showing ‘between the sticks’ in their last 16 shock triumph over Morocco, including the decisive save from Youssef En-Nesyri’s penalty in the shootout. Coming up against Senegal next, the Squirrels may need their ‘keeper to be in inspired form again.

 

Wilfried Zaha – Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast were outplayed for much of their last 16 clash against Mali, but they proved incisive in attack when their chance arrived, and Wilfried Zaha was the man who buried it. The Crystal Palace winger is looking more and more confident in an Elephants shirt and could take the remainder of the AFCON by storm.

 

Wahbi Khazri – Tunisia

Tunisia surprisingly left playmaker Wahbi Khazri on the bench for the start of their last 16 clash with Ghana, but his introduction midway through the second half inspired the equalising goal from Taha Yessine Khenissi. Khazri also slotted home his penalty in the shootout as the Carthage Eagles secured a quarterfinal berth.

 

For the latest news, fixtures and results from the 2019 AFCON, head to SuperSport’s tournament page.

 

For more information on the unmatched football on DStv and GOtv and the upcoming

fixtures, visit www.supersport.com.

 

AFCON quarterfinal fixtures

All times CAT

 

Wednesday 10 July

18:00: Senegal v Benin – LIVE on SS4

21:00: Nigeria v South Africa – LIVE on SS4/SS10

 

Thursday 11 July

18:00: Ivory Coast v Algeria – LIVE on SS4

21:00: Madagascar v Tunisia – LIVE on SS4




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