The 2019 CAF awards took place on Tuesday night at Egypt and most prominent Nigerian players were excluded from the awards, including Odion Ighalo and Victor Osimhen.
However, the exclusion which got Nigerian fans angry was Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi who was left out of Africa’s Best XI despite his efforts in both country and club.
Senegal forward, Sadio Mané won the African Player of the Year. The Liverpool striker was joined by Gabonese Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez, Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech, Senegal’s Idrissa Gueye Cameroon’s Joel Matip, Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi, Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana to make the list of Africa’s Best XI.
Ndidi emerged as the player with most tackles to help the Super Eagles finish third in the biennial tournament.
The 23-year-old was the second-best tackler in the English top-flight and currently ranks high in tackling and interceptions since he joined Leicester City from Genk last season.
Surprised at his exclusion in Africa’s Best XI, Nigerians took to twitter to angrily react.