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He Is Stars Best - Asamoah On CAF's Team

By Daily Graphic
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Black Stars leading marksman Asamoah Gyan last Sunday proudly emerged the only Ghanaian in the Confederation of Africa Football’s (CAF) first eleven at the end of the 27th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

The Stars lost their bid to win Africa’s most prestigious competition for the fifth time when they lost 0-1 to defending champions, Egypt, in the grand finale at the 11th November Stadium in Luanda.

But Gyan, complemented the efforts of his young compatriots, led the Stars onslaught and in the process scored three of the four goals which propelled the Ghanaian campaign that looked uninspiring, from the start to the final.

Gyan, who was selected by the Technical Committee of CAF, also won the Orange Player of the Match in last Sunday’s final as his constant threats to the Pharoah’s defence kept veteran goalkeeper Hassan El-Hadary and the Egyptian bench on edge.

The Technical Committee is composed of Ghanaians: Ben Koufie and Tony Baffoe, Chief Onigbinde (Nigeria), Noser Fathy (Egypt), Maalouch Belhassan (Tunisia).

Three other members of the Ghanaian team also made their way into the Africa Eleven team, but on the substitute bench. They are Goalkeeper Richard Kingson, play maker Kwadwo Asamoah and youngster Andre Dede Ayew.

The Africa Eleven is compsosed of Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, Madjid Bougherra (Algeria), Wael Gomaa (Egypt), Mabina.

The midfield is made up of Alexandre Song (Cameroun), Ahmed Fathi (Egypt), Ahmed Hassan (Egypt) and Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria).

The attack is made up of Asamoah Gyan(Ghana), Flavio Amado (Angola) and Mohammed Zidan (Egypt).

The substitution list includeEmmanuel Mbola (Zambia), Achille Emana (Cameroun), Seydou Keita (Mali), Karim Ziana (Algeria), Mohammed Nagy Gedo (Egypt), Eric Mouloungui (Gabon), Ogbuke Obasi (Nigeria), Jacob Mulenga (Zambia) and Salomon Kalou (Cote d’Ivoire).

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