Tournament award winners of AFCON 2021

Tournament award winners of AFCON 2021

Sadio Mane of Senegal was awarded player of the tournament in Yaounde on Sunday after scoring the decisive shootout penalty in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final against Egypt.
His spectacular kick made up for a penalty that goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal saved just seven minutes into the final when he pushed a strong kick down the middle to safety.
Mane was a member of the Senegal side that lost to Algeria in the previous final, three years ago in Cairo. He will face fellow Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah in the title decider.
Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was a surprise choice as goalkeeper of the tournament, given the heroics of Abou Gabal during the event.
While Chelsea shot-stopper Mendy had a relatively comfortable tournament thanks to a brilliant Kalidou Koulibaly-marshalled defence, Abou Gabal excelled under constant pressure in four knockout matches.
Apart from blocking the Mane penalty in regular time, Abou Gabal made a string of superb saves to keep Senegal goalless in the final, and he wept after the shootout loss.
Abou Gabal came to Cameroon as the second choice behind Mohamed Elshenawy, whose tournament was cut short after an injury in the last-16 clash with the Ivory Coast.
Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar received the Golden Boot award for finishing leading scorer with eight goals, including two in a dramatic third place victory over Burkina Faso on the eve of the final.
Aboubakar just missed the all-time AFCON record
He just missed matching the single AFCON tournament record of nine goals set in 1974 by now deceased Ndaye Mulamba of Zaire (later renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo).