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Mane and Salah in Africa Best XI

07 January 2020
Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah are starring in the Africa Best XI for 2019, which was announced today by CAF and FIFPRO at a special event in Hurghada, Egypt (the CAF Awards).

The Africa Best XI is working to the same principles as the long-standing FIFA FIFPro World 11. CAF (African football’s governing body) and FIFPRO Africa (FIFPRO’s African player unions) jointly organized the vote and invited African national team players to select the continent’s best team by picking one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers.

To set a level playing field for all countries, voting was restricted to senior national squad members. 707 players from 35 countries cast valid votes, including representatives of all of Africa’s leading football nations. The voting slips were collated by a special FIFPRO team.

Africa Best 11 for 2019
André Onana Goalkeeper (Ajax, Cameroon)
Serge Aurier Defender (Ivory Coast, Tottenham Hotspur)
Achraf Hakimi Defender (Borussia Dortmund, Morocco)
Kalidou Koulibaly Defender (Napoli, Senegal)
Joël Matip Defender (Liverpool, Cameroon)
Idrissa Gana Gueye Midfielder (Paris Saint-Germain, Senegal)
Riyad Mahrez Midfielder (Manchester City, Algeria)
Hakim Ziyech Midfielder (Ajax, Morocco)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward (Arsenal, Gabon)
Sadio Mané Forward (Liverpool, Senegal)
Mohamed Salah Forward (Liverpool, Egypt)

CAF and FIFPRO Africa first organized the Africa Best XI in 2018 after signing a partnership agreement on 29 September 2018. One of the priorities of that deal is to enhance the image of African footballers. Both organisations felt it was important to recognise and reward the very best Africa have to offer.

Six players of that inaugural team were chosen on the 2019 team as well: Aubameyang, Aurier, Koulibaly, Mahrez, Mane and Salah.

The 2018 team also included Denis Masinde Onyango, Eric Bailly, Medhi Benatia, Naby Keita and Thomas Partey.

 

Photo: Hollandse Hoogte