There were no Kaizer Chiefs stars in the official CAF African Team of the Year, but two Amakhosi players made it into the South African version of Africa’s Finest XI as voted by 23 Bafana Bafana players.
Click through the gallery to see the South Africa version of the CAF African Team of the Year, as revealed by FIFPro.
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango was the only Premier Soccer League player and the only African-based player to be named in the official CAF African Team of the Year 2018.
However, the Masandawana captain did not make the South African version of the prestigious team, the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) told Soccer Laduma.
The official 2018 CAF African Team of the Year was announced on Tuesday, and Soccer Laduma subsequently contacted FIFPro for the selections made by Mzansi’s players.
The answer came swiftly, revealing that 23 Bafana players voted for their peers and there were five changes to the official team, which was voted for by 503 national players from 26 African countries.
In goal, Chiefs and Bafana shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune was preferred over Onyango. In defence, Kalidou Koulibaly, Eric Bailly and Serge Aurier made the SA selection like in the official African Team of the Year, but Inter Milan and Ghana wing-back Kwadwo Asamoah was preferred over Mehdi Benatia.
In midfield, Riyad Mahrez and Naby Keita were also voted into the South African selection, while Atletico Madrid and Ghana man Thomas Partey was replaced by Chelsea and Nigeria player Victor Moses.
Upfront, the South African players went local, as Strasbourg’s Lebo Mothiba and Chiefs’ Khama Billiat were chosen over Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to accompany Mohamed Salah.
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