Dede, Mensah picked for Africa XI

jonathan and dedeThe Confederation of African Football has picked Ghanaian duo Andre Ayew and Jonathan Mensah in their ‘Dream Team’ for the just ended African Cup of Nations.

The triumphant Ivorians dominated the side, contributing five players, including the Toure brothers Yaya and Kolo, as well as Manchester City newcomer Wilfried Bony.

The XI, selected by a panel of CAF ‘experts’ chose Ayew and Mensah, alongside the five Ivorian players following the Ivory Coast’s dramatic penalty shootout win on Sunday night.

But bizzarely Black Stars winger Christian Atsu – who was named player of the tournament – was omitted.

Atsu started each of Ghana’s six games and finished the tournament with two goals.

He also picked another prize for his impressive performance, winning the Nissan Goal of the tournament for his magnificent strike in Ghana’s 3-0 win over Guinea during the group stages.

CAF’s Technical Committee selected the Dream Team on Monday.

AFCON 2015 Dream Team:

Goalkeeper: Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia)

Defenders: Aissa Mandi (Algeria), Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast) Jonathan Mensah (Ghana) and Henri Bedimo (Cameroon)

Midfielders: Geoffrey Serey Die (Ivory Coast), Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast) and Sibusiso Vilakazi (South Africa)

Forwards: Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Andre Ayew (Ghana) and Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast)

Meanwhile, 2015 Afcon top scorer Andre Ayew has revealed that the pain of a second loss after Sunday’s encounter against Cote d’Ivoire placed him into an inconsolable mood.

The passion-filled Black Stars vice captain was part of the young Ghana team that lost the finals of the competition to Egypt five years ago at the Angola competition and says a second fate saw his emotions completely fail him as Cote d’Ivoire won the Afcon 9-8 on penalties.

“The feeling of losing a second Afcon final got me very emotional and I couldn’t control it. It was really difficult for me to take.

“I thought we just deserved the trophy. We played well and put in a lot of effort,” Ayew told reporters upon the team’s arrival in Accra on Monday.

Ayew scored three and provided two assists for Ghana’s 10 goals at the 2015 Afcon.

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