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Here Are the Footballers Who Made the 2018 African Team of the Year

Selected by France Football, the publication behind the Ballon d'Or.

It's now 2019, but France Football has just announced their picks for their 2018 African Team of the Year.

The magazine, which is widely-known for picking each year's Ballon d'Or winner, recently published their top 11 starting players and seven substitutes from the African continent.

The 2018 African Team of the Year includes star players like Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, his Liverpool teammate and Senegal winger Sadio Mane, Algeria and Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, Ghana and Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey, Nigeria and Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi, and more.


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It's been quite a year of performances to pick from with the World Cup and heated Champions League competitions, as well as all the domestic leagues.

See all of France Football's picks for the 2018 African TOTY and the substitutes below. Who did they miss?

Read: The French National Team's Blackness


Substitutes: Samatta (Tanzanie, Genk), Gana Gueye (Sénégal, Everton), Pépé (Côte d'Ivoire, Lille), Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal), Bounou (Maroc, Girona), Badri (Tunisie, Espérance), Toko Ekambi (Cameroun, Villarreal).

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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