The FIFA Confederations Cup begins on June 17 with a match between New Zealand and the host nation of Russia. From there, eight teams will go through a group stage to see who lifts the final cup. Africa’s lone representative this year is Cameroon, as the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winner. Cameroon was placed in Group B with Chile, Australia and Germany. Cameroon’s first match is scheduled for Sunday, June 18 against Chile.
In preparation for the Confederations Cup, Goal.com organized their all-time African Confederations Cup squad, compiling the best players in the tournament since it was first organized in 1992. At goalkeeper, the site placed Egyptian Essam El-Hadary. El-Hadary, despite being 44 years old, is still active in Egyptian play and was one save away from potentially getting Egypt into the Confederations Cup over Cameroon. He won eight national championships during his late 90s to early 2000s tenure with Al-Ahly, and has been praised by other African superstars such as Didier Drogba.
For defenders, Goal.com chose Lucas Radebe, Wael Gomaa and Rigobert Song. The South African Radebe is most famous for his performance in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. The Egyptian Gomaa was a key contributor to three Nations Cup victories in the late 2000s. The Cameroonian Song is more infamous for being sent off at two World Cups, but he did win two Nations Cups with his country and also helped the Turkish club Galatasaray to win two titles in their league.
Cameroonians Lauren and Geremi, as well as Egyptian Ahmed Hassan and Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha were selected as midfielders. At forward are Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, considered by some as Africa’s greatest player, as well as Egyptians Hossam Hassan and Mohamed Aboutrika, the latter who participated in the 2009 Confederations Cup in a memorable 4-3 game against Brazil.