Salah, Ondoa And Atsu Make 2017 AFCON Team Of The Tournament

By Peter Pedroncelli AFKI Original Published: February 8, 2017, 4:18 am
team of the tournament - Egypt striker Mohamed Salah. Photo: beIN SportsEgypt striker Mohamed Salah. Photo: beIN Sports

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have decided on the eleven players that performed to outstanding levels at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, allowing them to be considered as part of the team of the tournament.

The Nations Cup ended on Sunday with Cameroon victorious over Egypt in the final, but the team of the tournament focused on individuals who stood out at the competition, and as such, there were names included from various national teams involved in the tournament.

Champions Cameroon had three players honoured in the selection, with Egypt, Ghana and Burkina Faso contributing two each to the lineup. A player each from Senegal and DR Congo completed the side.

Goalkeeper of the Indomitable Lions, Fabrice Ondoa, proved to be a hero for the side on numerous occasions during the tournament, cementing his place in the lineup, behind an impressive defensive unit that includes Senegal’s Kara Mbodji, Ahmed Hegazy of Egypt, and the goalscoring Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui of Cameroon.

Charles Kaboré of Burkina Faso and Ghana’s Daniel Amartey form part of the midfield, with Burkina Faso star Bertrand Traoré, Ghana’s Christian Atsu and outstanding Egyptian attacking talent Mohamed Salah completing a strong central combination.

In attack, the team of the tournament will count on the prolific exploits of Cameroon’s Christian Bassogog and competition top scorer (with three goals), Junior Kabananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

2017 AFCON Team of the Tournament

Goalkeeper: Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon / Sevilla B on loan from Gimnàstic)

Defence: Kara Mbodji (Senegal / Anderlecht) — Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt / Al Ahly) — Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Cameroon / Slavia Prague)

Midfield: Charles Kaboré (Burkina Faso / FC Krasnodar) — Daniel Amartey (Ghana / Leicester City) — Bertrand Traoré (Burkina Faso / Ajax on loan from Chelsea) — Christian Atsu (Ghana / Newcastle on loan from Chelsea) — Mohamed Salah (Egypt / AS Roma)

Attack: Christian Bassogog (Cameroon / AaB) — Junior Kabananga (DR Congo / Astana)

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