Caf names Afcon's Best X1


Egypt, who were impressive throughout the tournament, had goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari, defender Wael Gomaa, midfielders Hosni Abd-Rabou and Mohammed Aboutreika and battling striker Amr Zaki listed as top players in their positions.

Abd-Rabou, in fact, was crowned as the tournament’s top player.

The African Champions also boast two players on the substitutes’ bench for the ‘African XI’, with right back Ahmed Fathi and sweeper Hani Saied serving as back-up.

The top eleven, which was released immediately after the final by Caf, also has two players apiece from Ghana and Cameroon, with one each from Ivory Coast and Angola.

The biggest surprise on the list was the relegation of Chelsea forward Didier Drogba to the bench, with his spot taken by Angolan youngster Manucho.

The Best XI:1. Essam Al-Hadari (Egypt)2. Wael Gomaa (Egypt)3. Geremi Njitap (Cameroon)4. Hosni Abd-Rabou (Egypt)5. Michael Essien (Ghana)6. Sulley Muntari (Ghana)7. Alexandre Song (Cameroon)8. Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)9. Mohammed Abou-Treika (Egypt)10. Amr Zaki (Egypt)11. Manucho (Angola)

Substitutes:1. Richard Kingson (Ghana)2. Hani Saied (Egypt)3. Ahmed Fathi (Egypt)4. Saber Ben Fraj (Tunisia)5. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)6. Abdelkader Keita (Ivory Coast)