Troost-Ekong makes AFCON history

Super Eagles assistant captain, William Troost-Ekong has made history as the first defender/full back to score three goals in the same CAF Africa Cup of Nations edition since Opta collects this data since 2010. Troost-Ekong scored the opening goal in Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Cote D’Ivoire to bring his total tally to three after also scoring in the semifinal against Angola to become the first player with Cote D’Ivoire’ S√©bastien Haller to score in both¬† semi-final and final in the same Africa Cup of Nations edition since Gedo with Egypt in 2010.

Troost-Ekong’s goal was however not enough as Nigeria have now been eliminated in the AFCON final for the fifth time (after 1984, 1988, 1990 and 2000), equalling Ghana for the joint-most a side has finished as the tournament’s runners-up.

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