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Thomas Partey named in French football magazine' African best XI for 2018

By Michael Duah
Thomas Partey named in French football magazine' African best XI in 2018
Thomas Partey named in French football magazine' African best XI in 2018

France Football Magazine has named its 2018 Best African XI team, with the expected appearances of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Ghana's Thomas Partey but unexpectedly omitting Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

The highly reputable publication announced its annual selection on Wednesday, January 2 with a refreshing list of Africa’s next superstars that many people outside of the related leagues may not yet know about

With Arsenal and Gabonese forward Aubameyang sitting joint-top as the English Premier League’s scorers chart, it is perhaps a shocking overlook, however, Gabon’s absence at the recent 2018 World Cup surely counted against the 29-year-old.

France Football’s 2018 African XI:

Goalkeeper

  • Andre Onana – Cameroon, Ajax

Defenders

  • Yousef Atal – Algeria, Nice
  • Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal, Napoli
  • Manu Da Costa – Morocco, Istanbul
  • Achraf Hakimi – Morocco, Dortmund

Midfielders

  • Thomas Partey – Ghana, Atletico Madrid
  • Wilfred Ndidi – Nigeria, Leicester City
  • Hakim Ziyech – Morocco, Ajax

Forwards

  • Riyad Mahrez – Algeria, Man City
  • Sadio Mane – Senegal, Liverpool
  • Mohamed Salah – Egypt, Liverpool

SUBSTITUTES:

  • Samatta (Tanzania, Genk), Gana Gueye (Sénégal, Everton), Pépé (Côte d’Ivoire, Lille), Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal), Bounou (Morocco, Girona), Badri (Tunisia, Espérance), Toko Ekambi (Cameroon, Villarreal).

Read also: Top 10 African players of 2018

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