Ighalo Only Super Eagle To Make AFCON's 2019 Team Of The Tournament, Fans Baffled By Ndidi's Omission
By Iwedi Ojinmah 1 month ago
AFCON 2019 golden boot winner Odion Ighalo is the only Super Eagles player named in the team of the tournament selected by CAF, while first runners-up Senegal and champions Algeria have five and four players apiece, Awareness Sports reports.
The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations ended on Friday, July 19 with the Desert Foxes of Algeria pipping the Teranga Lions of Senegal 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium to win their second African title following their first feat as hosts in 1990.
The team of the tournament selected by CAF shows that Senegal can boast of five players recognised after failing to defeat Algeria for their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title. Champions Algeria has four players in the official AFCON 2019 best eleven. Semifinalists, Nigeria and Tunisia have one player each in the team.
Algeria’s AFCON 2019 title-winning coach, Djamel Belmadi is the coach of the CAF Team of the Tournament.
Odion Ighalo on Wednesday called time on his international football after helping Nigeria beat Tunisia to the AFCON 2019 bronze medal. However, the striker is getting appeals from some quarters to rescind the decision and help the Super Eagles a little longer in the twilight of his footballing career. He has since announced his decision is final and irreversible.
Reacting to the team list Nigerians fans are outraged that Wilfred Ndidi (below) did not make the cut. Ndidi has been ranked as the best tackler and interceptor combined at the competitionRelated: Kylian Mbappe: Madrid Ready To Shell €250m Euro To Sign Him .
Yet all of this didn't impress Caf.
CAF AFCON 2019 Team Of Tournament
Goalkeeper: Rais M’Bolhi (Algeria)
Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Senegal), Yassine Meriah (Tunisia), Youssouf Sabaly (Senegal), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal),
Midfielders: Adlene Guediora (Algeria), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal), Ismael Bennacer (Algeria)
Forwards: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Odion Jude Ighalo (Nigeria)
Coach: Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)