The Confederation of African football (CAF) released its first 11 players on Thursday at the 2015 Glo-CAF Awards without the names Nigerians must have expected, such as Odion Ighalo and John Obi Mikel.
The CAF XI list comprises African footballers who play within and outside the continent, in a 3-4-3 formation.
Congolese goalkeeper, Robert Kidiaba Muteba, was named the best goalkeeper on the continent.
Ivory Coast and PSG defender, Serge Aurier, Aymen Abdennour of Tunisia and JS Kabylie of Algeria’s Mohamed Meftah, complete three defence line-up.
Four-time African footballer of the year, Yaya Toure, leads the midfield pack, which includes 2015 second runner-up, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Yacine Brahimi of Algeria.
Newly-crowned African king, Aubameyang, leads a fantastic attacking four consisting of Mbwana Aly Samata of Tanzania and Algeria’s Baghdad Bounedjah.
H0wever, three Nigerians – Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Nwakali and Azubuike Okechukwu – were listed in the reserves.
Robert Kidiaba Muteba
Mbwana Aly Samatta