Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, fondly known as ‘Bono', added another feather to his cap as he clinched the prestigious CAF award for the Best African Goalkeeper at the glittering ceremony in Marrakech on Monday.
Known for his cat-like reflexes and astute decision-making, Bounou's standout performances included a series of sensational saves that frustrated some of the world's top attackers.
His aerial dominance and commanding presence were instrumental in keeping the Atlas Lions competitive, ultimately propelling them to become Africa's first-ever World Cup semi-finalists.
Currently a key player for Saudi giants Al Hilal, Bounou's reputation soared in 2022, solidifying his position as Africa's undisputed top goalkeeper.
Notably, he achieved the distinction of being the first African goalkeeper to secure a place in the top 15 for the Ballon d'Or, finishing 13th in the 2022 standings.
‘Bono' has become a formidable barrier between the posts, and his remarkable 2022 performance suggests that Morocco can anticipate more triumphs with him guarding the goal.