Simon Adingra: Brighton Star Receives Award for Outstanding Display at 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Simon Adingra: Brighton Star Receives Award for Outstanding Display at 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Lukman Mumuni
updated at May 14, 2024 at 9:26 AM
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  • Simon Adingra has been recognised by the Professional Footballers' Association
  • The Ivory Coast star has been rewarded for his role at the Africa Cup of Nations
  • Adingra helped the Elephants win their third AFCON on home soil in February

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Brighton and Hove Albion forward, Simon Adingra, has received a special recognition award for his excellent performances with Ivory Coast at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 22-year-old rose to the occasion and was one of the best players in the Ivorian team as the Elephants went from the brink of elimination to win the competition.

Adingra was Man of the Match in the final, delivering the assists for both goals as Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2-1 to win the tournament on home soil.

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Simon Adingra celebrates after scoring against Mali at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: MB Media.
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He was also named the Best Young Player at the end of the competition in February this year.

Following his exploits, the Professional Footballers' Association presented the Brighton winger with a special award in celebration of his achievement.

"Great to present Simon Andingra with a PFA special recognition award. For his outstanding involvement in Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations victory," wrote the PFA on X, while presenting the award to the player.

The petit winger has also been key for the Seagulls this season in the Premier League, scoring six goals and delivering an assist in 29 matches, per Transfermarkt.

Adingra receives heroic welcome at Brighton

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ivorian winger Adingra received a heroic welcome following his starring role at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Brighton forward played a pivotal role as the Elephants emerged champions of Africa after beating Nigeria in the final on February 10, 2024, at the Stade Ebimpe.

Adingra shared the inspiring journey of going from the brink of getting eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations to winning the tournament in a special speech to fans of Brighton.

Brighton fan travels to watch Adingra at AFCON

Sports Brief also reported that a Brighton fan travelled to watch Adingra play for Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

The fan, in his Seagulls kit, could not hide his joy after the 22-year-old starred as the host nation came from behind to beat Nigeria and win the tournament.

Adingra served up the assists for both Ivorian goals and was a menace for Nigeria defender, Ola Aina, who failed to contain him down the flank.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.