Super Eagles star John Ogu has slammed CAF over its Best XI squad released yesterday at the awards gala after Wilfred Ndidi and William Troost-Ekong were omitted from the list.
Ogu questioned the inclusion of Juventus centre back Mehdi Benatia and Tottenham Hotspur’s right back Serge Aurier at the expense of his teammates who according him, had better seasons than the chosen duo.
The Best XI selected were Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/Uganda), Serge Aurier (Tottenham/Ivory Coast), Medhi Benatia (Juventus/Morocco), Eric Bailly (Manchester United/Ivory Coast), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/Senegal), Naby Keita (Liverpool/Guinea), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid/Ghana), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City/Algeria); Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon) and Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal).
In a statement on his twitter handle, he said: “Let’s put sentiment aside, I can argue this anywhere that @Ndidi25 ,@WTroostEkong, even @ighalojude all should be there. Award is based on your performance for club and country and not how big of a club you play in. Ndidi plays for arguably the best league in the world,”
“My brothers @Ndidi25 , @WTroostEkong. We are proud of you two. I see you guys everyday in the National team and I see how dedicated and motivated you both are. I’m super proud of you two. Never stop working . You guys are destined for the top.”
“Ekong, Ndidi had a better season for their clubs,Made it to the World Cup. Had a decent performance at the World Cup and you say clubs they play in?Aurier, Bailly, Keita all didn’t make it.”
“Sorry to say this but @Ndidi25 should be here . My own opinion. Guys in that position didn’t do more than him.”
“Benatia, Aurier are not even regulars for their clubs.”
No Nigerian apart from the female national team, won a major award at the CAF awards held last night.
By Chineze Ogugua