Following Romain Saiss’ exit with Morocco at the quarter-final stage, AFCON concluded on Sunday with Senegal edging out Egypt on penalties in the final to take their first ever title.
The game finished 0-0 after 90 minutes, with Sadio Mane having missed a penalty in the first-half.
There was still no way through for either side in extra-time, meaning a tense penalty shootout would decide the victors.
And it was Senegal who would prevail, with Mane emphatically redeeming himself by scoring the winning spot-kick, with his Liverpool teammate Mo Salah left unable to take Egypt’s fifth kick.
It was a good and, at times, crazy tournament, and a number of players certainly caught the eye.
The official best XI has been released following Sunday’s final (via CAF official).
There is no place for Saiss, but a former Wolves transfer target did make it in.
Edmond Tapsoba of Burkina Faso was included, having helped his country reach the semi-final.
They lost to Senegal, and then took on Cameroon in the 3rd/4th place play-off, which they lost on penalties.
Tapsoba, 23, was supposedly on Wolves’ transfer radar just under a year ago. The Daily Express had reported Wanderers had set their sights on the central defender, with a view to moving for him in the summer.
Of course, Wolves ended up having a quiet summer window. Yerson Mosquera was the only new centre-back to join the club.
It is believed the Bayer Leverkusen star has a £44 million release clause.
Tapsoba is known for being a good all-round centre-back, but is a particularly good ball-player. He supposedly counts Manchester City star John Stones as one of his idols (via Express).
Edmond Tapsoba looks the real deal, but fresh Wolves move is probably unlikely
Tapsoba undoubtedly had a great tournament in Cameroon.
He definitely showed his quality, but it’s probably a bit unlikely that Wolves will reignite their previous interest in him.
Performing well at AFCON is bound to lead to attention from other clubs.
The more clubs that come in for him, in theory, the most expensive he will be.
Leverkusen could also simply refer suitors to that £44 million release clause, and it’s difficult to see Wolves moving to spend that much money on one player.
Willy Boly could well be moving on in the summer. But a successful swoop for Tapsoba would be a real surprise.