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KF TOTS: The CAF Champions League Team of the Tournament

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Posted on October 27, 2016
Photo: Enyimba FC

Photo: Enyimba FC

Following the coronation of Mamelodi Sundowns with their first ever title, KingFut experts picked out the 2016 Champions League .

Players were analyzed based on their individual and team’s performances throughout the tournament by KingFut’s panel of experts. Although most of the nominations were from the Group stage teams, many standout players from the preliminary rounds were very close to make it to the nominations.


KingFut’s Team of the Season


Goalkeeper

Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Onyango

The Ugandan goalkeeper had a great season with Mamelodi Sundowns, helping them win their first ever Champions League title. The 31-year-old was an essential pillar for his team, as he managed to keep five clean sheets, two of them in the knockout stage. Onyango’s performance in the first leg of the final was remarkable, finishing the match with a clean sheet and saving more than five great chances from SC.


Defenders 

Asaveila Mbekile (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Photo: CAF

Photo: CAF

Considered by many as the best player in the Chsampions League final, the full-back is the heart of Sundowns’ defense, keeping opposing players from scoring with his decisive tackles and interceptions. The 29-year-old was very crucial to Mamelodi Sundowns’ coronation, which earned him a spot in Kingfut’s TOTS.

David Owino (Zesco United)

Photo: Zesco United

Photo: Zesco United

The Kenyan defender displayed an outstanding performance during the tournament, helping his team qualify to the semifinal for the first time in their history after finishing second in their group, above Al Ahly and ASEC Mimosas. Not only did Owino show quality defensively, but also offensively, scoring one goal against Wydad Casablanca in their group stage clash.

Wayne Arendse (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Photo: Mamelodi Sundowns

Photo: Mamelodi Sundowns

Regarded as one of the most essential factors that helped the Bafana BaStyle win the title, Arendse featured in all of his team’s matches, conceding only 9 goals throughout the tournament. The 31-year-old led his team out of the first leg of the final with a clean sheet, boasting a remarkable performance.


Midfielders

Clatous Chama (Zesco United)

Photo: Zesco United

Photo: Zesco United

The 25-year-old was one of best Zesco players in the tournament, scoring 4 goals. Chama shined during the first clash with Al Ahly’s, as Zesco managed to defeat the Red Devils 3-2, scoring two goals in the game. The Zambian’s performance caught the eye of many clubs around the continent, mainly Ittihad of Alexandria, who are on the verge on signing the midfielder.

 

Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Regarded by many as the best player of the tournament, Billiat became a focal point of Sundowns’ squad and carried the South African team to win their first Champions League title in their history. Billiat scored 3 goals in the group stage with his stellar performances that caught the eye of many clubs, including Al Ahly SC and , who are keen to sign the 26-year-old star.

Yannick Zakri (ASEC Mimosas)

Photo: ASEC Mimosas

Photo: ASEC Mimosas

The 25-year-old winger was one of the most skillful players of the tournament. Scoring two goals in the group stage, the Ivorian star caused a lot of trouble to the defenders with his speed, quick dodges, and impressive shots. His style of play caught the eye of many African teams, but Mamelodi Sundowns got the upper hand and signed the player last summer.

Tarek Hamed (Zamalek)

Photo: Zamalek SC

Photo: Zamalek SC

The 30-year-old is undisputedly one of the most essential players in the White Knights’ squad both defensively and offensively. The beating heart of Zamalek’s midfield, Hamed not only showed his quality with his successful tackles and interceptions, but also with his numerous long passes and offensive build up.

Reda Hajhouj (Wydad Casablanca)

Photo: Wydad Casablanca

Photo: Wydad Casablanca

The 22-year-old Moroccan wonder-kid shined in Wydad Casablanca’s journey to the semi-final. Scoring 6 goals throughout the tournament while playing as a right wing earned Hajhouj a spot in the TOTS. His outstanding skills and perfect crosses were very hard for the opponents’ defenders, which helped Les Rouges et blancs to top their group and compete for a place in the final.


Mfon Udoh (Eniymba)

Photo: Enyimba FC

Photo: Enyimba FC

The top goalscorer of the tournament and the Elephants’ decisive striker, Udoh found the net nine times throughout the tournament, earning him a spot in Kingfut’s TOTS. The 24-year-old displayed an outstanding performance in Eniymba’s clash against Etoile du Sahel, scoring a hat trick in the first leg and helping his team qualify to the group stage.

Jesse Were (Zesco United)

Photo: Zesco United

Photo: Zesco United

Scoring 4 goals in the competition, Were’s consistent performances earned him a spot in Kingfut’s TOTS. The 27-year-old caused plenty of trouble to defenders. Were’s brace against Al Ahly in Suez was essential in helping his team qualify for the semi-final for the first time.

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