JOHANNESBURG – Captain Brahim Nekkach is among three stars from title-winners Wydad Casablanca of Morocco included in the CAF Champions League team of the competition.
The defensive midfielder was chosen along with teammates Youssef Rabeh and Mohamed Ounajem in a side released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Rabeh was part of a defence that conceded only one goal in seven home Champions League matches while livewire winger Ounajem created numerous goals.
Another two Moroccans, goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi and five-goal striker Achraf Bencharki, were among the six substitutes.
Wydad became African champions last Saturday for the first time since 1992 by defeating record eight-time title-holders Al Ahly of Egypt 1-0 in the second leg of the final.
The first encounter finished 1-1 in Alexandria the previous weekend.
Tunisia left back Ali Maaloul and midfielder Moamen Zakaria, who contributed five goals between them during the CAF campaign, were the two Ahly stars to make the team.
Reigning Africa-based Footballer of the Year Denis Onyango from 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa was named goalkeeper.
CAF Champions League Team
Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA); Hamdi Nagguez (Etoile Sahel/TUN), Youssef Rabeh (Wydad Casablanca/MAR), Farouk Chafai (USM Alger/ALG), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly/EGY); Brahim Nekkach (Wydad), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Etoile); Moamen Zakaria (Ahly), Percy Tau (Sundowns), Mohamed Ounajem (Wydad); Taha Yassine Khenissi (Esperance/TUN)
Substitutes: Zouheir Laaroubi (Wydad), Ahmed Fathy, Hossam Ashour (both Ahly), Fousseny Coulibaly (Esperance), Achraf Bencharki (Wydad), Oussama Darfalou (USM).