Jaure, Mahachi, Moyo in Chan All-Stars XI

HARARE - Zimbabwe captain Partson Jaure and playmaker Kuda Mahachi were on Sunday named among the Best XI for the just-ended African Nations Championship (Chan) finals after stellar performances for the Warriors.

The two, alongside midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo who was named among the substitutes, present a befitting recognition of Zimbabwe’s remarkable performance at the tournament.

The Warriors reached the semi-finals of the competition, where they lost to eventual winners Libya 5-4 penalty shootout.

Despite the semi-final loss and the 1-0 defeat to Nigeria in the third-place playoff on Saturday, the Warriors surprised many with their solid performances and received plaudits from across the footballing world for their effort.

Although Ian Gorowa’s team was built on fundamentals of teamwork, defender Jaure and winger Mahachi capped brilliant individual performances throughout and attracted the interest of scouts from the continent and beyond.   

Skipper Jaure was a pillar of strength in defence, which laid a solid foundation for the team throughout the tournament.

The Dynamos stopper has been hailed as one of the finest players still plying his trade on the African continent.

20-year-old winger Mahachi was one of the tournament’s outstanding players, displaying his wizardry down the wing in a tournament punctuated by a wonder goal in the 2-1 quarter-finals win over Mali.

Mahachi was last week signed by South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns and was immediately loaned to Highlanders until June.

Finalists Ghana and Libya provided the highest number of players in the XI with three each.

Joshua Tijani, Jordan Opoku and Siedu Bansey made it in the team from the Black Stars. 

Another set of three Ghana players – Stephen Adams, Yahaya Mohammed and Abeiku Ainooson – earned their places on the bench. 

Left-back Tijani played in all six matches while skipper Opoku was influential in midfield.

Despite not scoring a goal, Bansey featured in four matches and has been named upfront to lead the attack alongside Nigeria’s Rabiu Ali.

Winners Libya have three players in the all-stars team with goalkeeper Mohamed Abdaula, defender Ali Salama and Mohamed Elgadi in midfield.

Nigeria’s Odunlami Kunle, MVP Christantus Ejike and Rabiu Ali complete the list.

The team was picked by a tournament Technical Study Group.

CHAN Best XI

Goalkeeper: Mohamed Abdaula (Libya).

Defenders: Ali Salama (Libya), Partson Jaure (Zimbabwe), Odunlami Kunle (Nigeria), Joshua Tijani (Ghana).

Midfielders: Kudakwashe Mahachi (Zimbabwe), Mohamed Elgadi (Libya), Jordan Opoku (Ghana), Christantus Ejike (Nigeria).

Forwards: Rabiu Ali (Nigeria), Seidu Bansey (Ghana).

Substitutes: Stephen Adams (Ghana), Peter Moyo (Zimbabwe), Buhlebuyesa Mkhwanazi (South Africa), Mohsine Moutaouali (Morocco), Yahaya Mohammed (Ghana), Abdelsalam Omar (Libya), Ibourahima Sidibé (Mali), Hardy Binguila (Congo), Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele (DR Congo), Erwin Nguema (Gabon), Samuel Ainooson (Ghana).

Comments (3)

Thats it ,CAF hasw confirmed Jaure is the best ,shame Ndebele wanyara manje

sinyoro - 3 February 2014

Yes ,it was expected because Zimbabwe performed very well,but as for Mahachi ,joining Highlanders up to June is a waste of talent and time because he will have to be at CHIZA 's prayers ,kkkkk what a farce ,think twice Methembe

sinyoro - 3 February 2014

Mr Gorowa...Vafana ava makasarudza sei.... Since the I have known after the departure of Fabisch No Zim coach have assembled such a young team with a future... Sunday Marimo too a buch of Old dogs to Tunisia and told the Nation that he is going to learn ????? With retiring players you call it a learning process..????? I was so shocked. But Mr Gorowa I hope in your next games you are going to build your team from this one....this is the Zimbabwean team we know and you strengthen it from there ..not to start hiring old and useless players.....Come orocco 2015... Here we come.

Prinz - 3 February 2014

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