CAF shortlists Ighalo, Ndidi for Best XI

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Four Nigeria players namely Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Francis Uzoho have been shortlisted for the 2019 CAF best XI.

The players featured for the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt earlier this year.

The Eagles claimed the bronze medal after defeating Tunisia 1-0 at the Al-Salam Stadium, Cairo in the third-place game and now have players in line that could be rewarded for their impressive displays at the AFCON tourney.

Shanghai Shenhua striker Ighalo was impressive in Egypt, scoring five goals to claim the Golden Boot award before his retirement from international duty.

Leicester City midfielder, Ndidi, has been consistent for both club and country and Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi and AC Omonia goalkeeper Uzoho also featured for the Eagles in Egypt and will hope to make the final team. The CAF Best XI will be announced in a ceremony on January 7, 2020.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

Goalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia, Yassine Bonnou, Mohamed El Shenaway, Sylvain Gbohouo, Rais M’bolhi, Edouard Mendy, Richard Ofori, Andre Onana, Denis Onyango, Francis Uzoho

Defenders: Youcef Atal, Serge Aurier, Mehdi Benatia, Ahmed El-Mohammadi, Lamine Gassama, Faouzi Ghoulam, Achraf Hakimi, Ahmed Hegazi, Kalidou Koulibaly, Christian Luyindama, Issa Mandi, Joel Matip, Noussair Mazraoui, Yassine Meriah, Youssouf Sabaly

Midfielders: Andre-Frank Anguissa, Ismael Bennacer, Sofiane Feghouli, Idrissa Gueye, Tarek Hamed, Alex Iwobi, Wahbi Khazri, Naby Keita, Franck Kessie, Wilfried Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez, Thomas Partey, Mubarak Wakaso, Victor Wanyama, Hakim Ziyech

Forwards: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Jordan Ayew, Anis Badri, Cedric Bakambu, Youcef Belaili, Baghdad Bounedjah, Odion Ighalo, Sadio Mane, Moussa Marega, Mbaye Niang, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Salah, Islam Slimani, Percy Tau, Wilfried Zaha.

 

 

Jibril. O