Mane, Salah named in team of the century

Egypt, who have won the African Cup of Nations three times this century - dominate the team, with six of the 11 players selected hailing from the country.

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Mohamed Salah (L) and Sadio Mane play for Liverpool FC in England but are pivotal for their national sides Egypt and Senegal respectively | Courtesy Photo.

Liverpool FC duo of Mohamed Salah(Egypt) and Sadio Mane(Senegal) have been voted into the Confederation of African Football’s Africa Cup of Nations’ Team of the 21st century.

The two are among the ultimate post-2000 CAF XI selected by fans over the past few days.

Egypt, who have won the African Cup of Nations three times this century – dominate the team, with six of the 11 players selected hailing from the country. Essam El Hadary, who had a glorious 27-year career in football, was given the number one jersey.

At right-back, is Ahmed Fathy who took part in winning of the three AFCON-trophies and also spent time in England with Sheffield United and Hull City. On the opposite side of the defence is Sayed Moawad, who was capped 79 by the Pharaohs between 2000 and 2013.

The centre-back pairing features another Egyptian, Wael Gomaa, who is considered one of the greatest African defenders of all-time despite never making his mark in Europe. Alongside him is Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been Napoli’s defensive lynchpin for many years.

Yaya Toure, who carved out a sensational club career for Barcelona and Manchester City as well as impressing for Ivory Coast, has been picked in midfield. He is partnered by another Egyptian Mohamed Aboutrika.

Salah and Mane have been picked either side of a fearsome strike duo. One half of it is Chelsea legend Didier Drogba. He is playing alongside the often-underappreciated Samuel Eto’o.

Among the notable omissions is former Black Stars and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien. Others who missed out on the Team of the 21st Century are Riyad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

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