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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?

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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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The Rise of Stan Culture In Afrobeats

From Marlians to Wizkid FC, afrobeats fandoms are contributing to the globalization of the sound—even if some might consider them overly obsessive.

Last month, over half a million people, from 99 countries tuned into No Signal's livestream to join the "clash" between Wizkid and Vybz Kartel. The clash was the most legendary one that the No Signal team had hosted since they started their DJ clashes in April. Afrobeats and dancehall lovers were excited to watch this competition—choosing country affiliations in lighthearted fun. Though people had expected fierce competition, due to both artists being megastars with chart topping hits in their own lanes, no one had expected results like the polls reflected. There was an average of 72,000 votes per round and Wizkid won every round defeating Vybz 10 to nil.

Some people joked that the DJ behind Vybz Kartel's song choices was the reason for the loss; others attributed it to the population of Nigeria. What was clear, however, is that many people had underestimated Wizkid's fandom and Team WizKidFC's mobilization prior to the clash.

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