There was no place for any Ghanaian player in the 2019 CAF Team of the Year.
CAF outdoored the continent’s best 11 on Tuesday during the annual awards night held in Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday night.
While Senegal contributed three players each in the squad no Black Stars was found in the list – meaning Ghana national team players are no longer able to rub shoulders with their peers and co-equals on the African continent.
The event, which saw Sadio Mane of Senegal being crowned the king of African football after polling 477 votes to Salah’s 325 and Manchester City winger Mahrez ‘s 267, unveiled a powerful team which is supposed to be equivalent to that of the UEFA Men’s Team of the Year.
Cameroon produced two players with goalkeeper Andrey Onana and defender Joel Matip.
Below is the full team.
Idrissa Gana Gueye
Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang
In the past players like Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew among others have all made the CAF Team of the Year.
But, this year’s revelation could go down to mean a decline in the standard of Ghana national team players. Perhaps the only Ghanaian player worthy of consideration is Jordan Ayew who plays for English Premier League side Crystal Palace. However it is obvious he can’t compete in a space occupied by Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah along with Riyad Mahrez.
Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu who has also made the team in the past has had a patchy season in the English top-flight hence his absence on the list.
By El Akyereko
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