CAF Awards 2019: Nigerians lament over exclusion of Ndidi from Africa's best XI

CAF Awards 2019: Nigerians lament over exclusion of Ndidi from Africa's best XI

- CAF Awards 2019 saw Nigeria's Wilfred Ndidi excluded from Africa's Best XI list

- Idrissa Gueye made the list ahead of the Leicester City star

- Sadio Mane was crowned Africa's best for the year 2019 after helping Liverpool win Champions League

Nigerian football fans have launched an attack on the Confederation of African Football after Super Eagles star Wilfred Ndidi was excluded from the CAF-FIFPro Best XI.

The 23-year-old midfielder was instrumental to Super Eagles finishing third at the AFCON 2019 championship staged in Egypt last summer.

Coach Gernot Rohr-led team ended the tournament winning the bronze medal after beating Tunisia in the losers' final.

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However, Ndidi was excluded from the list of the continent's best XI players in the year under review despite his superb performances in England.

CAF-Fifpro Best XI

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Goalkeeper: Andre Onana

Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Serge Aurier, Joel Matip, Kalidou Koulibaly

Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye, Riyad Mahrez, Hakim Ziyech

Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Senegal and Paris Saint Germain star Idrissa Gueye made the shortlist after helping his club win the Ligue 1 title at the end of last season.

Williams Emmanuel @Wihzy_Martial on Twitter said: "This picture says it all. It's appalling to witness the deteriorated mentality of the organizers of this award. @Ndidi25 deserves better. #CAFAwards2019 #Ndidi.

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Another user, Mr Common Sense @mr_commonsense_ said: "So #Ndidi doesn't deserve to be here? This actually s'ucks.

Ndidi joined the Foxes in January 2017 and has been the Premier League best tackler in the last two seasons beating Senegalese star Idrissa Gueye to the record.

The midfielder is not ready to give up on the feat as he currently stays atop of the chart midway into the ongoing season, and he is likely to retain the award this term.

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He has also scored twice and assisted one other goal in 20 Premier League appearances this campaign and he could increase the tally before the end of the season.

Odion Ighalo, who was the 2019 AFCON golden boot award was also excluded from the best XI. earlier reported that Senegalese striker Sadio Mane has been named as African's best footballer of the year for 2019 beating Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez for the award.

The Liverpool forward finished behind Mohamed Salah in 2017 and 2018 and also finished third in 2016 before winning the 2019 edition thanks to his superb performances for his club.

Last season in the Premier League, Mane finished among the three highest goal scorers and also won the Champions League title with Liverpool.

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