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Is This The Best Afcon XI Of Players Based In Africa?

With the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations now done and dusted, could this be the tournament's Dream Team made up of players who are based in Africa, including a Kaizer Chiefs star and two Bafana Bafana players?

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery to see the Best Afcon XI of players based in Africa, according to Nuhu Adams.

While the official Team of the Tournament, which was announced on Sunday, did not include any Africa-based players, Ghanasoccernet journalist Nuhu Adams put together his Best XI of Africa-based players at the tournament in Egypt.

He included goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, who was named the Goalkeeper of the Group Stage after keeping three clean sheets. However, with Egypt being knocked by South Africa in the last 16, Shenawy's tournament ended earlier than many expected.

The shot-stopper, who plays for Al Ahly, is joined in the Best Africa-based Afcon XI by his club teammate Ayman Ashraf and Zamalek's Tarek Hamed from the Pharaohs squad.

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Bafana and Bidvest Wits left-back Sifiso Hlanti was also named in the back four, alongside Egypt's Ashraf, Namibia's Riaan Hanamub and Tunisia's Wadji Kechrida.

In midfield, SuperSport United's Dean Furman was picked next to Egypt's Hamed and Zimbabwe's Ovidy Karuru, who plays his club football for AmaZulu.

Up front, Amakhosi forward Khama Billiat was selected after being a rare shining light in the Warriors' campaign, and many North African clubs have shown an interest in his services following his Afcon campaign.

Read: Caf Announces Afcon Team of The Tournament

Billiat is joined up top by Uganda forward Emmanuel Okwi, who plays for Simba at club level, and Youcef Belaili, with the latter being only one of two players from Afcon champions Algeria who still ply their trade in Africa. Many, though, expect Belaili to leave ES Tunis and join a European club following his superb showing at the tournament.

Do you agree with this Africa-based Afcon 2019 Dream Team? If not, who else would make your selection? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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