Nigerian Quartet, Ndidi, Iwobi, Uzoho And Ighalo Nominated For CAF XI

Nigerian Quartet, Ndidi, Iwobi, Uzoho And Ighalo Nominated For CAF XI

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Four Nigerian footballers have been listed among the nominees for the 2019 CAF Best XI following their impressive displays this year.

Former Super Eagles strikers, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, and Francis Uzoho, have made the cut.

Ighalo, who plays for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in China, won the golden boot at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The 31-year-old scored five goals as Nigeria finished third.

Iwobi has been a regular for the Super Eagles in 2019, playing in all of Nigeria's game this year and delivering some impressive performances.

The ex-Arsenal man, who joined Everton this summer, has had a good start to life in Merseyside.

Leicester City are currently second in the Premier League this season, having started the season incredibly well, and one of the most vital members of Brendan Rodgers' team is Nigeria's Wilfred Ndidi.

The midfielder has continued from where he stopped last season for the foxes, making the most tackles and interception in the English top-flight. He was also vital in Nigeria's run to the latter stages of the AFCON.

Injured Nigerian goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, is the last Nigerian on the shortlist which is dominated by players of African champion, Algeria. The 2019 continental championship winners have 10 players on the 55-man nominee list.

See the full list of nominees:

Goalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia, Yassine Bonnou, Mohamed El Shenaway, Sylvain, Gbohouo, Rais M’bolhi, Edouard Mendy, Richard Ofori, Andre Onana, Denis Onyango, Francis Uzoho.

Defenders: Youcef Atal, Serge Aurier, Mehdi Benatia, Ahmed El-Mohammadi, Lamine Gassama, Faouzi Ghoulam, Achraf Hakimi, Ahmed Hegazi, Kalidou Koilibaly, Christian Luyindama, Issa Mandi, Joel Matip, Noussair Mazraoui, Yassine Meriah, Youssouf Sabaly.

Midfielders: Andre-Frank Anguissa, Ismael Bennacer, Sofiane Feghouli, Idrissa Gueye, Tarek Hamed, Alex Iwobi, Wahbi Khazri, Naby Keita, Franck Kessie, Wilfried Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez, Thomas Partey, Mubarak Wakaso, Victor Wanyama, Hakim Ziyech.

Forwards: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Jordan Ayew, Anis Badri, Cedric Bakambu, Youcef Belaili, Baghdad Bounedjah, Odion Ighalo, Sadio Mane, Moussa Marega, Mbaye Niang, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Salah, Islam Slimani, Percy Tau, Wilfried Zaha.

The African XI will be unveiled during the 27th edition of the CAF Awards which will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at the Albatros Citadel Resort in Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt.

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