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July 4, 2019

No Eagles player in CAF Best 11 for group stage

No Eagles player in CAF Best 11 for group stage

(Top L-R) Nigeria’s goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo, Nigeria’s defender William Ekong, Nigeria’s defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria’s midfielder John Ogu, Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel, (Bottom L-R) Nigeria’s midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, Nigeria’s forward Ahmed Musa, Nigeria’s defender Olaoluwa Aina, Nigeria’s forward Samuel Kalu and Nigeria’s defender Chidozie Awaziem pose before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group B football match between Madagascar and Nigeria at the Alexandria Stadium on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

No Super Eagles player has made the CAF Best XI after Group stage of the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. This comes as no surprise following the below-par performance of the Nigerian players in their three group games, winning two games and losing one to minnows Madagascar.

 CAF Best 11

(Top L-R) Nigeria’s goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo, Nigeria’s defender William Ekong, Nigeria’s defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria’s midfielder John Ogu, Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel, (Bottom L-R) Nigeria’s midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, Nigeria’s forward Ahmed Musa, Nigeria’s defender Olaoluwa Aina, Nigeria’s forward Samuel Kalu and Nigeria’s defender Chidozie Awaziem pose before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group B football match between Madagascar and Nigeria at the Alexandria Stadium on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

And not surprisingly, Ghana striker Jordan Ayew has made the Best XI list.  The Swansea-owned player was selected by the Technical Study Group in a three-man attack which included Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Senegal’s Sadio Mane.

Jordan has scored two goals- one of the 11 players who are joint scorers after the first round of the competition-in three matches.

He was named Man of the Match in the opening 2-2 draw with Benin in Ismailia.

Compatriot Mubarak Wakaso was picked as one of eight substitutes.

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