Top Players in the 2023 CAF Champions League

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Top Players in the 2023 CAF Champions League

The 2023 CAF Champions League showcased a tapestry of remarkable talent, as African football’s finest assembled to compete for glory. In this article, we delve into the extraordinary performances of standout players who left an indelible mark on the tournament.

Peter Shalulile (Mamelodi Sundowns)

The Namibian striker left an indelible mark on the competition, emerging as the joint-top scorer with an impressive six goals in eight matches. His contributions proved pivotal for the South African champions, who made their second consecutive appearance in the semi-finals. Shalulile’s crucial goals against Al Hilal Omdurman, Simba SC, and Al-Ahly, coupled with his assist for a teammate, highlighted his unwavering threat in front of goal. His outstanding performances saw him rightly named the best player of the group stage by CAF.

Top Players in the 2023 CAF Champions League: Peter Shalulile
Peter Shalulile

Mahmoud Kahraba (Al-Ahly)

The Egyptian winger showcased scintillating form throughout the tournament, netting an impressive six goals in 10 matches. His scoring prowess was evident in every round of the knockout stage, including a brace in the first leg of the final against Wydad Casablanca. Kahraba’s contributions extended beyond his goals, as he also provided crucial assists for his fellow attackers. His dynamic presence and seamless integration within Al-Ahly’s fluid attack made him a key component of their success. Consequently, he earned the esteemed title of the best player in the final, bestowed upon him by CAF.

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Hamid Khabba (Raja Casablanca)

The Moroccan striker proved to be one of the tournament’s standout performers, guiding Raja Casablanca to their first quarter-final appearance since 2015. Khabba’s five goals in seven matches, including a memorable hat-trick against Cotonsport in the group stage, epitomized his clinical finishing ability. Additionally, he contributed with an assist and played a vital role in Raja’s possession-based style of play. CAF rightfully recognized Khabba’s exceptional performances, naming him the best player of the quarter-finals.

Percy Tau (Al-Ahly)

The South African forward shone brightly for Al-Ahly, finding the back of the net five times in 12 matches. Notably, he delivered crucial goals during the semi-finals against Esperance, as well as a vital strike in the first leg of the final against Wydad Casablanca. Beyond his goals, Tau’s versatility and creativity were evident as he adeptly fulfilled various roles, be it as a winger, second striker, or false nine. With his ability to create opportunities for his teammates, Tau made a significant impact on Al-Ahly’s success. CAF fittingly honored him as the best player of the semi-finals.

George Lilepo (Al Hilal Omdurman)

The Congolese striker emerged as a revelation for Al Hilal Omdurman, leading them to their first group stage appearance since 2017. Lilepo’s four goals in six matches, which included a brace against Cotonsport, showcased his power and clinical finishing ability. Equally proficient with both feet and his head, Lilepo left a lasting impression as a potent and reliable goal scorer. CAF acknowledged his standout performances by naming him the best player of the preliminary round.

Junior Othos (Simba SC)

The Congolese attacker proved to be a star for Simba SC, propelling them to their first quarter-final appearance since 1993. Othos’ four goals in seven matches included a crucial strike against Wydad Casablanca, contributing to Simba SC’s historic 1-0 home victory. As one of the standout performers for his club throughout the tournament, Othos played an integral role in their exceptional campaign. CAF recognized his achievements by honoring him as the best player on matchday 4.

Chadwick Mailula (Mamelodi Sundowns)

The South African forward played a pivotal role for Mamelodi Sundowns, leading them to an unbeaten group stage performance, where they secured 14 points out of a possible 18. Mailula’s four goals in eight matches, including a stunning brace against Cotonsport, demonstrated his exceptional finishing ability. His contributions were recognized by CAF, who named him the best player on matchday 2.

Clatous Chama (Simba SC)

The Zambian midfielder distinguished himself as another standout performer for Simba SC, who impressed with their attacking prowess, netting an impressive 15 goals in eight matches. Chama’s four goals and four assists showcased his creative flair and versatility. Proficient in dribbling, passing, and shooting, he played a significant role in Simba SC’s attacking exploits. CAF acknowledged his impactful displays by naming him the best player on matchday 6.

Hussein El Shahat (Al-Ahly)

The Egyptian winger proved to be a vital cog in Al-Ahly’s triumphant campaign, securing their 11th title and equaling their record of winning three consecutive championships. El Shahat’s four goals in 10 matches, including a sensational long-range strike against Zamalek in the quarter-finals, highlighted his ability to contribute on both ends of the pitch. Equally comfortable on either wing or as a central midfielder, El Shahat’s versatility further bolstered Al-Ahly’s success. CAF rightfully recognized his performances, naming him the best player on matchday 3.

Baye Junior (Wydad Casablanca)

The Senegalese striker emerged as the leading goal scorer for Wydad Casablanca, who reached the final for the third time in five years. Junior’s four goals in 11 matches, including a crucial strike in the first leg of the final against Al-Ahly, showcased his strength, speed, and ability to hold up the ball. His contributions extended beyond scoring, as he also created opportunities for his teammates. CAF bestowed upon him the title of the best player on matchday 5 to recognize his impactful performances

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