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Arsenal & Chelsea stars included in AFCON Team of the Tournament


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A quintet of Premier League stars have been included in the official Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament, it has been confirmed.

The two headline inclusions, unsurprisingly, come in the form of Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, after both played their part in a tense AFCON finale on Sunday night.

Taking his place up top, meanwhile, is Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar, who averaged over a goal-per-game across the month, en route to an impressive tally of eight.

Elsewhere, in midfield, oft-forgotten Arsenal man Mohamed Elneny is joined by Leicester City’s Nampalys Mendy and Ibrahim Toure of Pyramids FC and Burkina Faso.

Chelsea no.1 Edouard Mendy takes a deserved place between the posts, behind of a back-4 of Achraf Hakimi, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Edmond Tapsoba and Saliou Ciss.

Mane strikes decisive blow

This means that a total of four members of the Senegal squad (Mendy, Ciss, Mendy and Mane) which ultimately emerged victorious from the latest edition of the AFCON were rewarded for their efforts with a spot in the Team of the Tournament.

The quartet all featured from the off on Sunday, too, as the Lions of Teranga got the better of Egypt to clinch a first-ever Africa Cup of Nations crown.

After the two heavyweight nations could not be separated inside 120 minutes of action in Yaounde, the showpiece clash was sent to a penalty shootout.

And it was Senegal who ultimately held their nerve, with talisman Sadio Mane lashing home the decisive spot-kick to break Egyptian hearts, and spark wild celebrations across the west African nation:


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Watford FC 21 -17 15
19 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
20 Burnley FC 19 -11 13
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6

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