Super Eagles Man of the Match in their 1-0 win over Zambia Shehu Abdullahi has been selected in the official CAF BEST XI players of matchday 5 of the World Cup Qualifiers in Africa.
Abdullahi provided the cross which Alex Iwobi drove home to seal a memorable win and a spot for Nigeria at next year World Cup, and his overall performance has lead to a nomination in the CAF BEST XI.
He was selected as the best right back of matchday 5 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia African Zone Qualification round 3, a testament to why he was voted man of the match by the press after the game.
The Anothorsis Famagusta defender wasn’t the only Nigerian nominated as Chelsea ace Victor Moses kept his spot in the CAF BEST XI for the third consecutive matchday despite no finding the target last weekend.
Moses has now made the team for the third, fourth and fifth matchday of the qualifying series, meaning he has been omitted just twice from the CAF BEST XI since the start of the qualifiers one year ago.
Also in the best XI is Mohamed Salah whose brace in a 2-1 win against Congo qualified Egypt for their first World Cup appearance since 1990.
Other players are Senegal’s Khadim Ndiaye and Kalilou Koulibaly, Morocco’s trio Khalid Boutaib, Mbark Boussoufa and Achraf Hakimi, Egypt’s Ahmed Hegazy, Percy Tau of South Africa and Youssef Msakni of Tunisia.
CAF’s Best Eleven of Matchday 5 2018 World Cup Qualifier:
Khadim Ndiaye (Senegal)
Kalilou Koulibaly (Senegal)
Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt)
Shehu Abdullahi (Nigeria)
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco)
Victor Moses (Nigeria)
Percy Tau (South Africa)
Youssef Msakni (Tunisia)
Mbark Boussoufa (Morocco)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Khalid Boutaib (Morocco)