Issa Kabore - Burkina Faso
Untenable in his right lane, the young Issa Kaboré, 20, is one of the revelations of this CAN.
With his 4 assists (including a cross that ends up against his Onana camp), he is one of the main players in Burkina Faso's superb course this year.
Fast, explosive and very often inclined to attack, Kaboré has all the modern side.
Thanks to his enormous volume of play, Kaboré, number 9 in the back, played in their entirety the seven matches of Burkina Faso during the tournament.
Despite a disappointing fourth place and the chocolate medal, the young Trojan, on loan from Manchester City, was voted "
Best young talent
of the competition, finishing as the tournament's top assist.
It may still be early to shake up Guardiola's hierarchy at Manchester City (especially when you know the players who play in his position with the Citizens), but Issa Kaboré certainly has a bright future ahead of him.
Africa Cup of Nations: schedule and results
African Cup of Nations standings
Iban Salvador Edú - Equatorial Guinea
At 26, Iban Edù is no longer old enough to be a "
", nevertheless, Equato Guinean took advantage of the light of the CAN to show the full extent of his talent.
The man with bright pink hair stood out as well for his atypical look as for his very successful performances during this CAN 2022. Serenity, huge volume of play and omnipresence in attack and defense, Ibán Salvador Edù, CF player Fuenlabrada (20th of Spanish Div 2) seems to have all the qualities required to play in a first division championship.
With two man of the match trophies, including a memorable performance against Algeria in the group stages, the number 6 of surprising Equatorial Guinea has definitely left its mark on this CAN.
Charles Thomu - Malawi
It is for this kind of player, unknown before the start of the CAN, that we love continental competitions.
Charles Thomu, substitute goalkeeper for Malawi, 129th nation in the FIFA rankings, delivered two legendary performances against Senegal and Morocco in January.
This young goalkeeper, who celebrated his 23rd birthday during the CAN, disgusted the Senegalese (future champions) for his first tenure with the Malawi team.
Man of the match after Malawi's historic 0-0 against the Teranga Lions, Thomu saved a crucial point, which allowed Malawi to experience the first round of 16 in its history (for their third appearance).
Against the band in Hakimi, Thomu still radiated.
To the point of making Morocco doubt throughout the first half, chaining acrobatic parades and reflex stops.
Nouhou Tolo - Cameroon
Nohou Tolo, left defender of the Indomitable Lions, could also have claimed the title of "
best young talent
" in the competition.
It was the first CAN for the 24-year-old Cameroonian who has only known MLS in his young professional career.
In the space of six matches, Nouhou Tolo has completely conquered the hearts of the Cameroonian people, especially after his perfect copy against Egypt's Mohamed Salah, whom he perfectly tamed until the end of extra time.
Impassable in his left lane, the young Tolo has not received a single yellow card in 559 minutes of play. A very good tournament for the Seattle Sounders player, who should interest some European recruiters during the next transfer window.
Nohou Tolo in a duel with Mohamed Salah.
Mohamed Kamara - Sierra Leone
This Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon was the edition of the goalkeepers.
Between Gabaski (Egypt), Thomu (Malawi) or even Boubacar Gayé (Gambia), the goalkeepers have performed surprisingly well this year.
Mohamed Kamara was the first real sensation at the start of the CAN.
The young Sierra Leone goalkeeper created a sensation after his heroic match against the (former) Algerian defending champions on the first day of the CAN.
Facing Mahrez, Slimani and Brahimi, Kamara had made seven decisive saves, snatching a historic 0-0 draw against Algeria, for Sierra Leone's first participation since CAN 1998. In tears when receiving his trophy. '"
Man of the Match
», Mohamed Kamara, player of the East End Lions, a Sierra Leonean club, moved and impressed all football lovers.