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Four Nigeria Players Tipped to Make CAF Shortlists For Team of the Year

Super Eagles quartets of Francis Uzoho, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Odion Ighalo has been circulating as shortlists for CAF team of the year.
This was made known on Thursday after the conclusion of all senior national teams matches programmed for 2019 which includes the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations that was held in Egypt in May and June.
Injured Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho will be delighted and grateful to see his name on the list despite playing second fiddle to Kaizer Chief goalie Daniel Akpeyi at the Africa Cup of Nations as he will be contesting with nine other goal minders.

Super Eagles couldn't provide any viable defensive player according to the list while former Arsenal star, Alexander Iwobi is listed amongst the artists saddled with creativity alongside Leicester City's enforcer Wilfred Ndidi as they are in the contest with 13 others from several countries of the black continent.

Chinese-based striker, Odion Ighalo is leading in the goal poaching attacking section especially after winning the golden boot of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as the competition's highest scorer and he will have to make do with 14 other attacking minds.
A total of 55 Players were allegedly nominated with Premier League joint top scorer of Senegalese Sadio Mane, Egyptian and Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's and Gabonese skipper Pierre Emerick Aubameyang all in contention while Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau is also shortlisted with Manchester City and Africa Cup of Nations champion with Algeria Riyad Mahrez not left out.

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The team of the year will feature effectively at the CAF Awards gala ceremony that is expected to take place early 2020.

CAF 2019 Team of the Year Candidates


Moez Ben Cherifia

Yassine Bonnou

Mohamed El Shenaway

Sylvain, Gbohouo

Rais M'bolhi

Edouard Mendy

Richard Ofori

Andre Onana

Denis Onyango

Francis Uzoho


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


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


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

By Olamide Oyetunji

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