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Fulham boss: AFCON 2023 turned Calvin Bassey from zero to hero

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The coach of English Premier League side Fulham Marco Silva has praised the change of fortune of Calvin Bassey since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, where he represented Nigeria. 

Bassey was ever present for Nigeria in their run to the final of the tournament, where they were beaten 1-2 by the host Cote d’ Ivoire in a game where they let a one goal lead slip to lose the trophy. 

Since returning back to Fulham, the 24 year old has looked unstoppable looking the part for a Fulham side who have won their last two games against Manchester United and Brighton respectively in convincing fashion. 

His time at Ajax was blighted with criticisms leading to his departure one year after he joined the team on from Scottish side Rangers. 

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s game against Wolves, Silva praised the improvement of the former Leicsetr City youth team player who was signed in the summer from Dutch saints Ajax. 

‘He has really grown into what we expected when he was signed and he is still improving in certain areas. The experience of playing in a senior international tournament has also worked for his development, the level he is playing now is down to playing at a tournament,’ the coach said. 

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