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Best African Team: Indispensable Salah and Mane

The France Football website has just announced the best team of African players.

Goalkeeper: Andre Onana (Cameroon / Ajax Amsterdam)

Not only was the best African goalkeeper last year, Onana was also voted in the list of the best goalkeepers in the world in 2019 by France Football. At the age of 23, he proved the level of a star. international when playing for Ajax Amsterdam, there are amazing saves against the world’s top strikers while playing in the Champions League. His most unfortunate point in 2019 is that it is impossible for the Cameroon team to go deep in AFCON.

Defender:

Youcef Atal (Algeria / Nice)

Last summer, he participated in the Algerian squad to win the AFCON 2019 championship. The young defender closed the old year with a serious injury, possibly having to take several months off.

Aissa Mandi (Algeria / Real Betis)

Not a big-name player, but Aissa Mandi is a highly-rated center-back. The France Football page describes Aissa as an African version of Virgil van Dijk at AFCON 2019, never allowing her opponent to easily overcome, making a great contribution to helping Algeria win the championship.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal / Napoli)

Koulibaly has proven himself with European football for many years, playing well for Napoli in all competitions. His unfortunate absence in the AFCON final because of the suspension was the big cause of Senegal’s bitter defeat.

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco / Dortmund)

As a product of the Real Madrid training facility, Achraf is playing for the German giant on loan and performing very well here. Achraf Hakimi is considered as one of the best African players under 21 years old.

Midfielder:

Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria / Leicester)

Since coming to Leicester in the middle of the 2016/2017 season, Wilfried has always been the number one choice in midfield of this team. This season, the 23-year-old has made a great contribution to the Fox’s rise to Manchester City, holding second place in the Premier League.

Ismael Bennacer (Algeria / AC Milan)

Ismael Bennacer is the most impressive player, helping Algeria to win the AFCON 2019 championship, voted by the organizers as the best player of the tournament. AC Milan bought Ismael Bennacer from Empoli for 16 million euros.

Hakim Ziyech (Morocco / Ajax Amsterdam)

In 2019, Ziyech really makes European football pay attention to him, impressed by both style of play, goal statistics and assists. He was the main factor helping Ajax win the domestic double and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

Striker:

Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool)

Salah has just had a nearly perfect year. He could not have success at AFCON 2019, making up for the dreamy playing days with Liverpool. The striker is said to be somewhat depressed compared to his first season with The Reds, but he still contributed greatly to the Red Brigade’s treble in 2019.

Sadio Mane (Senegal / Liverpool)

Many opinions suggest that Mane deserves the Golden Ball 2019 instead of Lionel Messi. In the first half of the 2019/2020 season, he is still playing very well, facing the opportunity with Liverpool to win the Premier League title for the first time in history.

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria / Manchester City)

Still not able to touch the European Cup, but in 2019, Mahrez is arguably the most successful African player in terms of the title, winning the treble with Man City, and with the captain’s armband in hand, helping Algeria up continental championship.