10 November 2017

Nigeria: Moses, Balogun, Mane Make Africa's Russia 2018 Qualifiers Overall Best XI

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Leon Balogun, Victor Moses and Sadio Mane.

Super Eagles pair of Victor Moses and Leon Balogun have been included in the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) overall best eleven of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

CAF made the announcement on their verified Twitter handle on Thursday.

The CAF XI is deployed in a 4-4-2 formation with Balogun one of the centre-backs and Moses as the right winger.

Like Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia also have two players in the selection, while Uganda, Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire have one each.

Both Moses and Balogun were instrumental in the Super Eagles qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia as the side won four of their five African qualifying Group B matches.

Moses, who has been shortlisted for the African Player of the Year award, will miss the Eagles' final World Cup qualifying clash against Algeria in Constantine today due to injury.

On his part, Balogun is expected to be in action for the Eagles.

Other players who made the list include; Egypt's duo of Mohamed Salah and Ahmed Hegazy, Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier, Youseef Msakni and Aly Maaloul of Tunisia, Mbark Boussoufa and Khalid Boutaib both from Morocco.

Also in the list are Senegal's Sadio Mane and Uganda's Dennis Onyango.

Nigeria and Egypt are the only two countries who have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING BEST ELEVEN

GOALKEEPER

Dennis Onyango (Uganda)

DEFENDERS

Leon Balogun (Nigeria)

Serge Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire)

Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt)

Aly Maaloul (Tunisia)

MIDFIELDERS

Victor Moses (Nigeria)

Sadio Mane (Senegal)

Youssef Msakni (Tunisia)

Mbark Boussoufa (Morocco)

FORWARDS

Khalid Boutaib (Morocco)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

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