Nigerians fans on Twitter were not pleased with the absence of Super Eagles star Wilfred Ndidi from the Best African XI of 2019 which was revealed at the CAF Awards 2019 on Tuesday, January 7 2020.
Africa’s best players of the year 2019 in each position were revealed at the CAF awards’ ceremony. The list included the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Riyad Mahrez.
It was, however, the presence of Cote d’Ivoire and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye which sent Twitter Nigeria into meltdown. Gueye is in the defensive midfield position which Nigerians believe belongs to one of their own Ndidi.
Some, however, were in support of the selection and believed that Gueye deserved it more than Ndidi. It is important to note that the Best African XI was voted by African players themselves as done in partnership with FIFPro
How did Gana Gueye and Aubameyang make CAF Team of the Year ahead of Wilfred Ndidi and Odion Ighalo? #CAFAwards2019
— Colin NOT Collins (@ColinUdoh) January 7, 2020
— Daddy’s PLUG 🔌 (@iam_topboii) January 7, 2020
Even if players didn’t vote, or they watched more football, I can’t think the XI would be so much different. Ndidi has a decent claim, but having Gana is not a travesty. I think Aurier has stolen a place on the team though.
— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) January 7, 2020
Since the beginning of 2018, Wilfred Ndidi’s Stat
African Player w the most tackles
African Player w the most interceptions
African Player w the most ball recoveries
Currently the best DM in the EPL & Europe!
A midfield Colossal General yet didn’t make the list?
— Zoba K Yamah (@UtdChi) January 7, 2020
Ndidi definitely should have been in the CAF FIFApro 11… Best DM in Africa without a doubt.. that having been said… I saw someone mention Ighalo… I know weed is cheap but that one, no mean say make you smoke am kill yourself
— Stoned Mind (@its_Tobiloba) January 7, 2020
— Rooi (@Rookie_swaveyy) January 7, 2020
Ndidi not making it to this team is a crime
against humanity and football in general
How can someone who’s at the top level
for seasons not make that list made ???
This is a fraud to the stats of football
in general & it’s crazy how it happened#CAFAwards2019
— I Z U (@heisizumichaels) January 7, 2020