Here are the African dream team of World Cup quarter-finalists
Thomas N’Kono is the goalkeeper.
N’Kono, the lone goalie to win the African Footballer of the Year award twice, was in goal as Cameroon advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals in 1990.
He is regarded as one of the best African goalkeepers of all time and twice led Cameroon to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, which they ultimately won in 1984.
Achraf Hakimi, right back
Hakimi, one of the stars of the current Moroccan team, has further cemented his reputation as one of the world’s best full-backs with his exceptional defensive play in the Atlas Lions backline.
The only other consistently reliable tackler in the competition, after France’s Ibrahima Konate, is Hakimi. He hasn’t quite wowed as he did at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Romain Saiss, centre back
Saiss from Morocco beats out his teammate Nayef Aguerd and John Mensah from Ghana for our Dream Team.
He has been outstanding at the World Cup, and the Atlas Lions’ success has depended on his presence, leadership, guts, and authority in the middle of the defence.
Saiss is continuing to demonstrate that Wolverhampton Wanderers may have been hasty in allowing him to leave the team this season for Besiktas.
Back at centre: Emmanuel Kunde
Operated as a sweeper in the heart of Cameroon’s defence during the 1990 World Cup, and even became the first African player to score in a quarter-final when he netted from the spot against England in Naples.