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The 21-year-old rounded off the competition by emerging as African champion and becomes the first Cameroonian to win the prize since Rigobert Song

Christian Bassogog has been named the Player of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after helping Cameroon lift the trophy for the first time in 15 years.

The midfielder put in a commanding performance in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Egypt in the final.

Bassogog was awarded the prize having impressed throughout the group stages during which Hugo Broo’ side were unbeaten.

Bassogog becomes the first Cameroonian to win the prize since Rigobert Song in 2002 while he also follows in the footsteps of some of the game’s biggest names in earning the prize.

Austin Okocha, Abedi Ayew, Christian Chukwu, Benni McCarthy and Rabah Madjer have all gone onto enjoy illustrious careers after winning the award.

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