Players from the English Premier League dominate the FIFPro Africa XI for the year 2018.
The list, which was revealed at the 2018 Caf Awards in Dakar, Senegal Tuesday night, included seven of the continent’s finest shining in England.
They include Serge Aurier (Tottenham), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Riyadh Mahrez (Manchester City), Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who plies his trade with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, is the only Africa-based star in the side.
In front of the 33-year-old shot-stopper are the quartet of Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast) and Khalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) forming the defensive line.
Ghana and Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is the anchorman forming a three-man midfield with Senegal’s Naby Keita and Riyadh Mahrez of Algeria.
Forming the FIFPro Africa attack are the final three for the 2018 African Player of the Year Award. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who emerged best player for the second year running, flank Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) with his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane (Senegal).
FIFPro Africa XI (4-3-3): Dennis Onyango – Serge Aurier, Medhi Benatia, Eric Bailly, Khalidou Koulibaly – Thomas Partey, Naby Keita, Riyadh Mahrez – Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane