Super Eagles Players Omitted As Salah, Mane Tops CAF’S List of AFCON Best XI

Super Eagles Players Omitted As Salah, Mane Tops CAF’S List of AFCON Best XI

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • No Super Eagles stars made the Confederation of African Football Best X1 for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon
  • Nigeria were eliminated from the AFCON at the Round of 16 by Tunisia despite a brilliant show in the group phase of the competition.
  • Champions Senegal had four players in the squad including player of the tournament Sadio Mane and Chelsea goalkeeper, Edourd Mendy

Super Eagles players were conspicuously missing as the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) released the best eleven players from the just concluded AFCON in Cameroon.

The competition which came to a thrilling end on Sunday February 6 was won by Senegal after the West African nation defeated Egypt in the final via penalties.

CAF on Monday February 7, released the list of the top eleven players from the tournament with Senegal having four of its players in the team.

Super Eagles Players Omitted As Salah, Mane Tops CAF’S List of AFCON Best XI
Moses Simon was adjudged as Nigeria's best player in the tournament but failed to make CAF's best XI. Photo by Daniel Beloumou Olomo
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Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, left-back Saliou Ciss, midfielder Nampalys Mendy, and Sadio Mane all feature in the best XI players, as named by CAF Marca reports.

Complete Sports also reports, Egypt, who were losing finalists had three players make the cut for the North Africans while top scorer, Vincent Aboubakar was the only Cameroonian to make the list.

Edmond Tapsoba and Ibrahim Blati Toure from Burkina Faso alongside Achraf Hakimi of Morocco completes the line-up of Africa’s best eleven players at the AFCON.

Amuneke joins Super Eagles Technical Crew

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Amuneke has been announced by the Nigeria Football Federation as part of the technical crew of the Super Eagles.

According to the Vanguard, the former Nigeria international joins Augustine Eguavoen has the chief coach of the team as they fine-tune preparations for March’s World Cup playoffs against Ghana.

Amuneke was an integral member of the Super Eagles during his playing career and scored both goals that won Nigeria the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations final match against Zambia in Tunis.

Video of Mohamed Salah’s Amazing Dressing Room Speech

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Mohamed Salah delivered a rousing dressing room speech to his Egypt teammates following their loss to Senegal in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Pharoahs lost 4-2 to the Teranga Lions on penalties on Sunday after Salah's team-mate, Sadio Mane converted his spot kicktogive Senegal the historic victory.

Sadly, it wasn’t to be for the Egyptian king in 2022, but he still has plenty of time to right those wrongs and there is no one who better knows that fact than the man himself.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..