AFCON 2019 Best XI: Senegal, Algeria dominate lineup
AFCON 2019 Best XI: Senegal, Algeria dominate lineup

AFCON 2019 Best XI: Senegal, Algeria dominate lineup

The curtains came down on an action-filled Africa Cup of Nations tournament 2019, with Algeria lifting the title after seeing of Senegal 1-0 in a tense final played in Cairo, Egypt. 

The finalists were by far the most impressive through the tournament, and it didn't come as a surprise when players from the two sides dominated the best XI of the tournament. 

With hosts, Egypt, defending champions Cameroon and powerhouse Ghana all exiting early on, Algeria, Senegal, and Nigeria dominated the competition in the latter stages. 

Here is the list, which has five Senegal players, four Algerians and one each from Nigeria and Tunisia. 

1. Rais M’Bolhi (Algeria) - Goalkeeper

Rais was exceptional through the campaign and conceded only two goals as he led a near-complete side to their second title in their history. 

2. Lamine Gassama (Senegal) - Right-back

Gassama was among the exceptional players for Senegal, he diligently played his role at right-back and coordinated well with the rest of his teammates in the backline. 

3. Youssouf Sabaly (Senegal) -  Defense

Sabaly was a mainstay for the team through the campaign as well and played well alongside Koulibaly to the finals. 

4.  Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) -  Defense

Senegal missed the Napoli man's services in the finals, having commanded the defense beautifully through the tournament. 

5. Yassine Meriah (Tunisia) - Defense 

Meriah played centrally for Tunisia as the North Africa side finished fourth in the tournament, falling 1-0 to Nigeria in teh third-place match. 

6. Adlene Guediora (Algeria) - midfield

Gurdiora was perhaps the best midfielder of the tournament and created a perfect partnership with Bennacer in the middle of the Park. 

7.  Ismael Bennacer (Algeria) - midfield

The young Algerian was a delight to watch through the tournament. He tidied up the midfield and played his role well as they lifted the title, besides being awarded the young player of the tournament. 

8. Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal) - midfield

The PSG target once again proved his worth in the middle of the park for Senegal with powerful performances and runs and was one of the star performers for the Lions of Teranga.

9. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) - Forward

The Manchester City man was the start of the show and will be remembered for the sumptuous freekick in the semis that sent the Algerian through to the finals. 

10. Sadio Mane (Senegal) - forward

Mane was unlucky to end up in the losing side after a wonderful tournament, he once again led the lines well for Senegal and was the main man. 

11.  Odion Jude Ighalo (Nigeria) - Forward

The tournament's top scorer surprised many with his performances and signed off in style, announcing his retirement after. 

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