Two Egyptians included in France Football 2017 Africa best eleven
The achievements of Egyptian footballers in 2017 have gotten recognition by France Football. The news outlet included two players in its best XI and one as a honorable mention.
The list of players was compiled based on their achievements in both club and national team colors. North Africans made up a decent five of the eleven players. This is expected after Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt made the World Cup.
Mohamed Salah was the first of the two Egyptians. The 25 year old has enjoyed all but a perfect year. Not only was he a leading performer in Egypt reaching the AFCON final and the World Cup but he scored the winning goal that ended Egypt’s long World Cup hiatus.
Salah also had a dream start to his Liverpool career. He joined the club as the most expensive African footballer of all time. He has so far scored 17 goals in 21 Premier League matches.
Veteran, Essam El-Hadary joined the winger in France Football 2017 Africa XI. The goalkeeper was selected for reviving his career at his age of 44. El-Hadary is in contention to feature at the 2018 World Cup.
Two other aged players, from Morocco, Dirar and Benatia were named alongside the goalkeeper in defense. Kalidou Koulibaly and Faouzi Ghoulam were the other defenders.
West Africans, Victor Moses, Naby Keita and Jean-Seri also made the list. Mohamed Salah had Sadio Mane and Vincent Aboubakar as attacking counterparts.
The subs list included Ahmed Hegazi and Aubameyang, among other players. France Football is a prominent French news outlet.
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