A quintet of Premier League stars have been included in the official Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament, it has been confirmed.
The two headline inclusions, unsurprisingly, come in the form of Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, after both played their part in a tense AFCON finale on Sunday night.
Taking his place up top, meanwhile, is Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar, who averaged over a goal-per-game across the month, en route to an impressive tally of eight.
Elsewhere, in midfield, oft-forgotten Arsenal man Mohamed Elneny is joined by Leicester City’s Nampalys Mendy and Ibrahim Toure of Pyramids FC and Burkina Faso.
Chelsea no.1 Edouard Mendy takes a deserved place between the posts, behind of a back-4 of Achraf Hakimi, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Edmond Tapsoba and Saliou Ciss.
Not your average players 🤩
Here is the #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 best XI 👇#AFCON2021 pic.twitter.com/YP0k5eUe2n
— #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 🏆 (@CAF_Online) February 7, 2022
Mane strikes decisive blow
This means that a total of four members of the Senegal squad (Mendy, Ciss, Mendy and Mane) which ultimately emerged victorious from the latest edition of the AFCON were rewarded for their efforts with a spot in the Team of the Tournament.
The quartet all featured from the off on Sunday, too, as the Lions of Teranga got the better of Egypt to clinch a first-ever Africa Cup of Nations crown.
After the two heavyweight nations could not be separated inside 120 minutes of action in Yaounde, the showpiece clash was sent to a penalty shootout.
And it was Senegal who ultimately held their nerve, with talisman Sadio Mane lashing home the decisive spot-kick to break Egyptian hearts, and spark wild celebrations across the west African nation:
SADIO MANE WINS IT FOR SENEGAL!!! 🏆 #AFCONpic.twitter.com/wmQ6cKyHP4
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 6, 2022
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