The first round of matches for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations have been concluded with some groups starting on a nice note.
Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, and host country, Cameroon are some of Africa’ s powerhouses that kicked off the tournament with wins while Tunisia and Algeria failed to win their opening games.
Although there was a lack of dreams in the first spherical with only the opening recreation between Cameroon and Burkina Faso producing more than one goal.
However, some players stood out in the first round of the match and had been named in the crew of the week for their performances.
GK: Mohamed Kamara
Kamara made 8 saves and acquired man- of- the- fit as Sierra Leone held modern- day holders, Algeria to a 0: 0 draw in their first suit of the 2021 AFCON.
Sierra Leone was defensively disciplined and frustrated Algeria at some point of the game, but they would nonetheless have misplaced if not for the brilliance of the shot- stopper.
LB: Nouhou Tolo
The Cameroonian left- back performed the full 90 minutes of Cameroon’ s opening day victory over Burkina Faso.
He maintained an ignored completion price of 83%, received 100% of his tackles, and made two blocks.
CB: Mustafa Karshoum
The Sudanese centreback performed a massive role in them retaining a clean sheet towards Guinea- Bissau in their nil- nil draw.
CB: Pape Abou Cisse
Cisse was at the coronary heart of the Senegalese defense as their clean sheet helped the country to an opening day 1: 0 win over Zimbabwe.
RB: Jefferson Encada
Encada made 5 interceptions, won 5 tackles, and executed 85% of his passes in Guinea- Bissau nil- nil draw vs Sudan.
CM: Gustavo Sangare
Despite their defeat to Cameroon, the Burkina Faso midfielder was the pleasant player in that game.
He made four key passes, finished 90% of his complete passes, performed one hundred percent of his three long passes, completed his two crosses attempts, and capped it off with a pleasant goal.
CM: Moreto Cassama
Was an ever existing in Guinea- Bissau’ s midfield as they held Sudan to a 0: 0 draw.
CM: Kenny Rocha Santos
Helped Cape Verde to a 1: 0 win over Ethiopia. The midfielder made 4 key passes and had an 84% skip completion rate.
LWF: Sofiane Boufal
The Angers attacker scored very late in the game as Morocco defeated Ghana 1: 0.
CF: Vincent Aboubakar
Aboubakar made no mistake twice from the spot as he excellently dispatched the two penalties awarded to Cameroon towards Burkina Faso.
RWF: Riyad Mahrez
The Man City attacker had two photographs on target, created one huge hazard, and had an 86% bypass success fee as Algeria had been held to a barren draw by Sierra Leone.