April 1, 2023

Football statistics website ‘Whoscored.com’ has published the best eleven following the conclusion of the group stage of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, with one Nigeria player, Moses Simon making the cut.

In a 4-4-2 formation, Simon is deployed as an attacking midfielder with Ivory Coast’s Nicolas Pepe, Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal, and Ivory Coast’s Ibrahim Sangaré completing the midfield four.

Meanwhile, Only nine nations have contributed players to the Best 11 with Senegal and Ivory Coast leading the way with two each, while Sierra Leone, Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia have one player each.

Kamara (Sierra Leone) starts in goal and the back four contains Bouna Sarr (Senegal), Pape Abou Cisse (Senegal), Mustafa Karshoum (Sudan) and Nouhou Tolo (Cameroon), and the attackers are Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) and Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia).

Simon is credited with one goal and one assist in three appearances at AFCON 2021, and the Nantes winger was involved in the build up to the goal scored by William Troost-Ekong vs Guinea-Bissau.

He was the top rated player against Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, has been successful in 79.6 percent of his passes, averaged 2.3 shots per game and five dribbles per game.

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