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Exclusive: Downs & Bafana Stars Voted In SA's African Team Of Year

There were no PSL or Bafana Bafana players in CAF's official African Team of the Year, but a Mamelodi Sundowns star and a South Africa international made it into the local version of Africa's Finest XI, as voted by 25 Bafana players.

Click through the gallery above to the South Africa version of the CAF African Team of the Year, as revealed by FIFPro.

The CAF awards took place on 7 January, when Sadio Mane dethroned his teammate Mohamed Salah to be named the 2019 African Footballer of the Year.

While Downs keeper Denis Onyango was the only African-based player in the 2018 version of CAF's Best XI, there was no player representing a club on the continent in this year's team.

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However, the Brazilians shot-stopper was voted into the African Team of the Year when only counting the votes from Bafana players.

Since 2018, CAF and FIFPro, the world players union who are also in charge of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI, have linked up to select the African Team of the Year.

Overall, 707 internationals (only senior national squad members are allowed to vote) from 35 African countries cast valid votes, which were collated by a team from FIFPro. The players union then counted all the votes, with the players receiving the most backing being selected in the official African Team of the Year.

Similar to last year, Soccer Laduma contacted FIFPro to find out how the South African national team players voted, and the answer came back on Friday.

Read: UEFA Announce 2019 Team Of The Year, Salah Snubbed

There were just two differences to the official 2019 team, with Onyango replacing Andre Onana in goal, while Percy Tau got the nod ahead of Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Do you think Onyango and Tau deserve to be in the official African Team of the Year? Have your say in the comments section below.


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