Monday, February 11, 2008
Song chosen in Africa’s best eleven players
By 1970’s Gooner
Alexandre Song has been in fantastic form during the Africa Nations Cup. He put in an excellent performance last Thursday in the semi final of the Africa Nations Cup against Ghana.
He protected his defenders very well competing for every ball and when he came into possession he laid it off accurately to a team mate with that characteristic ease which typifies him.
He was, along with his cousin, Rigobert Song the outstanding player of that game.
He got a hard knock on the leg however and seemed unable to recover in time to make it for the final.
But he made it; only to pick up another injury, this time a muscle problem which forced Cameroon to make an early substitution in the 16th minute with Gilles Binya coming on.
And the injury which Eto’o was carrying proved too much for Cameroon in the end.
But despite the disappointment Alexandre will remember these last few weeks as the ones that really moved him into the forefront with everyone taking notice of his excellent performances.
So much so that the CAF has chosen him in the tournament’s best 11 players.
Yaya Toure has made it but not his brother! Not surprisingly Egypt have five players in the team.
Didier Drogba has been included but only on the bench!
The Best XI:
1. Essam Al-Hadari (Egypt)
2. Wael Gomaa (Egypt)
3. Geremi Njitap (Cameroon)
4. Hosni Abd-Rabou (Egypt)
5. Michael Essien (Ghana)
6. Sulley Muntari (Ghana)
7. Alexandre Song (Cameroon)
8. Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
9. Mohammed Abou-Treika (Egypt)
10. Amr Zaki (Egypt)
11. Manucho (Angola)
1. Richard Kingson (Ghana)
2. Hani Saied (Egypt)
3. Ahmed Fathi (Egypt)
4. Saber Ben Fraj (Tunisia)
5. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
6. Abdelkader Keita (Ivory Coast)
Maybe playing well for the national team is the only way for Arsenal’s young stars to show Wenger what they can do because it’s more difficult to get into the Arsenal team than their national sides!
Alexandre has shown this season that he has really come on leaps and bounds and his performances in the Africa Nations Cup have paid testimony to that.