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African Football Stars Shine In Domestic Leagues After AFCON Success

Simon Adingra posing with the trophy

Africa Cup of Nations hero Simon Adingra made a triumphant return from international duty with Ivory Coast, scoring two goals in a match for the first time in his senior career. The Brighton youngster's remarkable performance capped off a memorable fortnight for him.

Adingra's Ivory Coast teammate Oumar Diakité also found the back of the net, scoring for the first time since his crucial intervention against Mali. Meanwhile, Jordan Ayew paid an emotional tribute to former Crystal Palace coach Roy Hodgson as the Eagles faced Everton.

Upon his return to Brighton, Adingra received a hero's welcome at the Amex Arena. His Brighton & Hove Albion teammates honored him with a guard of honour, and he interacted with club supporters who celebrated his achievements.

Adingra's standout performances at the Africa Cup of Nations saw him play a pivotal role in Ivory Coast's unexpected tournament success under replacement head coach Emerse Faé. His late equalizer against Mali in the quarterfinals and two assists in the final against Nigeria were instrumental in the Elephants' triumph.

Named Young Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football, Adingra expressed his joy at the tournament being held in his home country and described winning the trophy as a special moment.

Back in the Premier League, Adingra continued his fine form by scoring six goals for Brighton this season. His standout performance against Sheffield United showcased his potential, with the youngster expressing his happiness at scoring his first brace and his determination to achieve more.

Diakité, another standout performer at the Africa Cup of Nations, received a warm welcome at Stade de Reims after his heroics with Ivory Coast. He also made an impact upon his return to club action by scoring for Reims in Ligue 1.

Ayew, despite Ghana's early exit from the AFCON, scored a memorable goal for Crystal Palace against Everton, dedicating it to departing coach Roy Hodgson. The forward's improved performance this season has been notable, with increased assists and goal involvements.

In other Premier League action, Mohamed Salah marked his return from injury sustained at the AFCON by scoring for Liverpool against Brentford. The Egypt forward's goal further solidified his place in the Premier League scoring charts.

Overall, African players have made significant impacts in various leagues, showcasing their talent and contributing to their respective teams' successes.

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