CAF releases African team of the century without Nigerian players

CAF releases African team of the century without Nigerian players

Both present and ex Nigerian players were conspicuously missing in the list of the African Team of The Century released by CAF on Friday, which coincides with the 61st independent anniversary of Nigeria.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made the cut as well as other African football greats.

Fans were encouraged to select their ultimate post-2000 CAF XI over the past few days with the votes eventually being tallied to find the best of the best.

Egypt, who have won the most African Cup of Nations this century dominates the team, with six of the 11 players selected hailing from the Northern African country.

In the sticks is Essam El Hadary who represented the Pharaohs of Egypt for a total of 159 times from his debut in 1996 until his retirement in 2018, winning three AFCON titles in this century.

While the back four in front of him consists of Egyptian players. Right-back Ahmed Fathy was part of three AFCON-winning sides and also spent time in England with Sheffield United and Hull City.

On the opposite side of the defence is Sayed Moawad, who was capped 79 by the Pharaohs between 2000 and 2013.

The center-back pairing features another Egyptian legend, Wael Gomaa, who is considered one of the greatest African defenders of all time despite never making his mark in Europe.

Alongside him is Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been Napoli’s a force to reckon with in Africa and Europe for years.

Former Manchester City and Barcelona star, Yaya Toure, who was well impressed for Cote d’Ivoire, was picked in midfield. He is partnered by Mohamed Aboutrika, in what looks like an extremely attacking double pivot.

Salah and Mane have been picked either side of a fearsome strike duo. One-half of it is Chelsea legend Didier Drogba. He is playing alongside Cameroon’s legend, Samuel Eto’o.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago

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