The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the ideal line-up for the 21st century team in the African Cup of Nations, according to the public’s vote on social media platforms.
The ideal squad witnessed the dominance of the stars of the Egyptian national team, with the presence of 6 players, they are: the former Al-Ahly star Mohamed Abu Trika, the giant goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary “The High Dam”, Wael Gomaa, Ahmed Fathi, Sayed Moawad, and Mohamed Salah, the star of the Liverpool team. The Egyptian national team is the most crowned African Cup of Nations champion with 7 titles, the last of which was in 2010.
The lineup of the 21st century, which was published by “K” through its accounts on social media platforms, was as follows:
Goalkeeper: Essam El-Hadary
Defensive line: Sayed Moawad (Egypt) – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) – Wael Gomaa (Egypt) – Ahmed Fathi (Egypt).
Midfield: Sadio Mane (Senegal) – Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt) – Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire) – Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Forwards: Didier Drogba (Cote d’Ivoire) – Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon).
It is interesting that the ideal squad did not include the name of the Algerian star, Riyad Mahrez, or any player from the “Desert Warriors” team, who won the title of champion of the last edition of the African Cup of Nations, at the expense of his Senegalese counterpart (1-0) in the final match that took place on Sunday. Friday, July 19, 2019, at Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.