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Official: CAF 2019 Team Of The Year Announced

CAF have announced the official 2019 African Team of the Year, with no players playing on the African continent making the cut in the finest XI.

Click through the gallery to see the CAF African Team of the Year 2019.

Young Ajax Amsterdam and Cameroon sweeper-keeper Andre Onana made the selection following his terrific performances for club and country over the course of last year.

The 23-year-old kept six clean sheets in seven games for his national side in 2019, and was excellent in Ajax’s Eredivisie-winning campaign, while he played a huge role in the Dutch side going all the way to the semi-final in last season’s UEFA Champions League.

Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier was chosen in defence, alongside a centre-back pairing of Cameroon’s Joel Matip and Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly, while Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi completes the backline.

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In midfield, Paris Saint-Germain and Senegal holding midfielder Idrissa Gueye was selected, with talented playmakers Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Hakim Ziyech of Morocco chosen beside him.

Winner of the CAF Player of the Year award Sadio Mane unsurprisingly made the Team of the Year in attack, alongside his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, who finished second in the final standing for the best player prize ahead of the aforementioned Mahrez.

Sadio Mane Crowned 2019 CAF Footballer of the Year

Completing the team is Arsenal and Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was once again in fine goalscoring form over the last calendar year.

What do you make of Africa's Finest XI in 2018? Have your say in the comments section below.


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