BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Three Nigerians were in the shortlist for the different playing departments for the choice of players for the 3-4-3 formations that the CAF Technical and Development Committee may have fashioned out for the Africa XI.
They are William Troost-Ekong in the defence, Victor Moses in right wing midfield and Oluwafemi Junior Ajayi in the offensive midfield. Only the later made the list.
Troost-Ekong was paired with Eric Bailly of Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester United. The Ivorien got 8,500 votes as against 3,300 obtained by the Nigerian central defender.
The voting was carried out on different social media platforms of Facebook, CAF official page, CAF Twitter (English) and CAF Twitter (Arabic).
Victor Moses contested the midfield right wing position with the trio of Mohamed Ounnajem of Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club and Keita Balde Senegal and Monaco. The Moroccan got 21,500 votes to beat Victor Moses who had 7,800 to the second position. Keita Balde had 1,100 to place a distant third.
Nigeria’s Junior Ajayi who plays for Al Ahly of Egypt made the squad after he comprehensively beat Sadio Mane of Senegal and Yacine Brahimi of Algeria.
The Nigeria had 20,400 popular votes while Mane, the runners-up in the African Footballer of the Year had 10,100 and Brahimi had 4,100 votes.