By Albert Akota
A grand total of 102 goals were scored at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. But there are outstanding ones from which CAF can make a shortlist and call for voting to give out an award, officially, to the scorer of the best goal.
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Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) Vs Nigeria
Algeria Desert Foxes’ winger, Riyad Mahrez’s stoppage time free-kick goal which secured the AFCON 2019 final berth for the north Africans at the expense of Nigeria’s Super Eagles was an absolute beauty.
With just 10 seconds before the game could extend into extra time, the Manchester City man took his time, adjusted his gaze and finding an opening at the near right hand side of Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, let go a ferocious left-foot curler that rested into the top corner even before the goaltender could leave his spot.
Odion Ighalo (Nigeria) Vs Burundi
Odion Ighalo’s goal in the Super Eagles’ 1-0 win against Burundi in Group B had a touch of class in it’s execution. Ola Aina cowed the opposition’s defence with a nifty back-heeled pass that put Ighalo clear on goal. And the eventual tournament top scorer brilliantly curled the ball into the far net.
Ibrahim Amada (Madagascar) Vs Dr Congo
Madagaacar player, Ibrahim Amada’s goal against Congo DR in the Round of 16 was deftly executed leaving many thumbing it up as the most beautiful goal of the tournament.
It was the Barea’s curtain-raiser in the regulation time 2-2 scoreline before edging out Congo Dr on penalties
It was a spectacularly taken goal. Lalaina Nomenjanahary dashed in from the right side and his pass released Amada who struck a long-range shot that curled out of reach of goalkeeper Ley Matampi.
Adama Traore (Mali) Vs Mauritania
The goal scored by Adams Traore (don’t mistake him to namesake teammate – Adama Noss Traore) of Mali had many talking it up. Traore scored his highly rated goal against Mauritania which many labelled ‘magnificent’.
It was the Malians’ fourth goal in their 4-1 Group E win against the AFCON finals debutants. Traore curled a surprise shot into the net to set tongues wagging in sheer admiration of his effort.
Abdoulaye Diaby (Mali) Vs Mauritania
Abdoulaye Diaby, the Malian forward who plies his trade with Sporting Lisbon pushed his name into the list of scorers of top quality goals at AFCON 2019 with the first in Mali’s 4-1 Group E win against Mauritania.
Diaby hit a thunderous shot from outside the box which veered off the underside of the crossbar before going into the net, leaving goalkeeper Souleymane Diallo with no chance.
Krepin Diatta (Senegal) Vs Tanzania
Another exceptional AFCON 2019 goal is Senegal’s Krepin Diatta’s strike against Tanzania in their first Group C match.
Diatta’s clever volley found the net and completed a strong 2-0 win for the Teranga Lions against the Taifa Stars.