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:
- Andre Onana – Cameroon, Ajax
- Yousef Atal – Algeria, Nice
- Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal, Napoli
- Manu Da Costa – Morocco, Istanbul
- Achraf Hakimi – Morocco, Dortmund
- Thomas Partey – Ghana, Atletico Madrid
- Wilfred Ndidi – Nigeria, Leicester City
- Hakim Ziyech – Morocco, Ajax
- Riyad Mahrez – Algeria, Man City
- Sadio Mane – Senegal, Liverpool
- Mohamed Salah – Egypt, Liverpool
- 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).
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