January 3, 2019
Atal in France Football’s African 11 of the Year
France Football have concocted a starting eleven of the best African footballers in 2018.
The only player currently playing in Ligue 1 is Youcef Atal. “A monster of generosity”, the Nice defender “has quickly left his mark with his tireless work on the right wing for OGC Nice” according to the daily newspaper, who feel that “he has already been one of the revelations of the season”.
France Football’s African 11 of the Year
Goalkeeper: André Onana (Cameroon, Ajax)
Defenders: Youcef Atal (Algeria, Nice), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, Napoli), Manu Da Costa (Morocco, Istanbul BB), Achraf Hakimi (Morocco, Dortmund).
Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Ghana, Atletico Madrid), Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria, Leicester), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco, Ajax).
Forwards: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Manchester City), Sadio Mané (Senegal, Liverpool), Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool).