2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Overlooked XI

2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Overlooked XI
Itumeleng KhuneSouth Africa will be counting on their superb defensive record as they look to escape the Group of Death after being pooled with Morocco, the Ivory Coast and Namibia.However, they’ll have to do so without the Kaizer Chiefs stopper Khune, who was ruled out due to shoulder problems.Defensively, it’s a massive blow for Bafana, while Khune’s pinpoint kicking is also a major offensive asset for Stuart Baxter’s side.Joel MatipMatip has come into his own at Liverpool this season and ends the campaign as first choice to partner Virgil Van Dijk, having begun the campaign as fourth-choice centre-back.The defender ended the year with a Champions League winner’s medal, having shone in the Reds’ final victory over Tottenham Hotspur, but has refused to end his international retirement to join Cameroon’s campaign.Eric BaillyThe Ivorian centre-back was ruled out after damaging his knee ligaments following a collision with Mateo Kovacic as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Chelsea in Premier League action.While his Red Devils career has taken a turn for the worse, 2015 winner Bailly is a key man for the West Africans, and will be missed in Egypt.It remains to be seen...