SORRY UGANDA CRANES: Four Egyptian players in AFCON best team of the group stages
Despite putting up a top-notch performance which saw them book a place in the round of 16 for their first time in 41 years, Ugandan players have not made it to AFCON best team of the group stages.
After the closure of the group stages of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament, CAF released a squad of best-performed players for the first stage of the campaign.
The starting eleven comprised four Egyptians, two Algerians, and one player came from each of Senegal, Morrocco, Ghana, Cameroon and Madagascar.
Even after Uganda’s incredible display as per the group stages of this year’s campaign, CAF was not convinced to have any player on the AFCON best team of the group stages.
Uganda qualified for the knock out stages of the tournament with four points from a group of favourites.
They comfortably claimed three points against two-time winners DR Congo in their opening group game and then went on to draw with tough opponents Zimbabwe.
Although they lost their final game against Egypt by two goals to nil, they still looked the better team and also recorded more shots on goal than the opponents.
Meanwhile, the team included El Shennawy(Egypt) in goal, Ahmed Hegazy(Egypt), El Mohamady(Egypt), Yaya Banana(Cameroon) and Ashraf Hakimi(Morocco) in defence. Riyad Mahrez(Algeria), Ismail Bennacer(Algeria) and Andria Nantenaina( Madagascar)in midfield
And the front three attacks comprised Muhammad Salah(Egypt), Sadio Mane(Senegal) and Jordan Ayew(Ghana).
On the bench, the team included Cameroon’s Andrew Onana, Medhi Benatia(Morocco), Cedric Bakambu(DRC), Andrea, Wakaso Mubarak(Ghana), André-Frank Zambo Anguissa(Cameroon) and Youcef Belaili from Algeria.
Uganda is will play Senegal on Friday 5th July in the first knock out stage of this year’s campaign.
By John Dalton Kigozi