AFCON 2019: Top 5 Flops In The Tournament


The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations came to an end last week Friday when the Desert Foxes of Algeria beat the Terenga Lions of Senegal by a lone goal to win their second continental trophy after winning its first in 1990.

Today, Ghanacrusader brings you the top five players who failed to leave up to expectations at the just ended cup of nations. Some of these players are well established in their teams in Europe. Others are also established when its comes to African Football.

Now let us check the players who failed to come to the party!


1.Nicholas Pepe – Ivory Coast

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Pepe scored 22 goals for Lille in the 2018/19 season and was the second top scorer in the French League after Kylian Mbappé Lottin and was the talk of town prior to this Afcon but the whole Africa was unable to see the beast in the superstar.

Pepe was tipped to be the Star of Afcon 2019 but he couldn’t get a single goal in the tournament as he and his Ivorian team were eliminated in the quarter finals by the Desert Foxes of Algeria on penalties.

Pepe couldn’t stand out in any of the five matches that he played for the Elephants of Ivory Coast and this undoubtedly makes him the number one on this chat.

2. Thomas Teye Partey – Ghana

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The Atletico Madrid man also came with a lot of hype before this tournament as he was on the transfer ladder for the likes of Manchester United, PSG and Arsenal. Ghanaians were looking up to him as their star man but the former Tema Youth Player slept throughout the tournament.

He played in three different positions so far as this Afcon is concerned but failed to prove his worth. He and his Ghanaian team were kicked out of the tournament in the round of 16 by the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

3. Christian Bassogog – Cameroon

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The 2017 Cup of Nations player of the tournament also failed in this campaign. He failed to register his name on the score sheets throughout the four games he played for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

He couldn’t make the headlines this time around like he did in 2017. Of all the games he played in Afcon 2019, Christian Bassogog  simply failed to stand out, as he was tamed by left-back Baba Rahmah in their goalless draw against the Black Stars of Ghana.

He and the Indomitable Lions were knocked out in the round of 16 by the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

4. Hakim Ziyech – Morocco

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Like Nicholas Pepe of Ivory Coast, the Ajax attacking midfielder after his exploits in the UEFA Champions League and the Eredivisie was tipped to lead the Atlas Lions to victory but became the reason why they lost on penalties to Benin in the round of 16.

His numerous goals and assists propelled Ajax to the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League and helped the Dutch outfit reclaim the Eredivisie trophy from arch-rivals, PSV.

Hakim couldn’t score a single goal in the tournament. He failed to convert a last minute penalty to help his side progress to the quarter finals.

5. Jean-Michael Seri – Ivory Coast

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Seri failed to use this tournament to prove to his critics that he is still a good player.

He struggled to get game time in his campaign with Fulham who have now been relegated to the English Championship. The former OGN Nice player will have to go back and fight for a spot in his club as he failed to perform in the cup of nations.


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