CAF reveals 2019 Africa Best XI

African Football

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed the 2019 African Team of the Year, with several surprising omissions.

With Algeria winning the Best Men's National team award and winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, only captain Riyad Mahrez made the FIFPro Best11 of Africa.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the full African Best11 as released by CAF

Over the course of 2019, Djamel Belmadi's side went undefeated, scoring 30 goals, while conceding only seven in 16 games.

However, veteran goalkeeper Raïs M'Bolhi, who was integral to their continental success, centre-backs Aiisa Mandi, Djamel Benlamri and wing-back Youcef Atal - were overlooked.

The team that was decided by votes between national team coaches, captain's and CAF Media experts opted for a 4-3-3 system dominated by the Premier League with six representatives.

Sadio Mane, the new African Player of the Year, is joined by Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip - despite the latter not featuring for Cameroon for the past five years.

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