A team for all seasons: our 2013-14 best

With the end of the season I thought It time to put together my African team of the season. Here are the Wunmi Thomas invincibles.

 

Goalkeeper

Vincent Enyeama (Lille)

Winner of the Marc Vivien For award for best African player in France, he kept a clean sheet for 11 consecutive matches (1062 minutes). Simply Africa's best. Enough said.

Defence

Serge Aurier (Toulouse)

I'm going to put Aurier at right back but he can play anywhere in the back line. As well as being versatile, he is good in the air for a full-back and strong in the tackle. Additionally, he has hardly made a defensive error all season.

Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus)

Just won his third scudetto. Juve us him as a wingback rather than midfield and its for that reason he slots in to our defense.

Efe Ambrose (Celtic)

Eve has another Scottish winners medal in his back pocket. he was part of a back four that set a new shut-out record of 1215 minutes. The Champions League was tougher than last season's glorious effort but the versatile Ambrose has had a good year.

Mehdi Benatia (Roma) 

Benatia has made an outstanding contribution to Roma's title challenge and has emerged as one of Europe’s finest defenders.

His name may not sit comfortably among some of the star players on this list, but the Moroccan has been consistently excellent for several seasons now. He is a fine reader of the game and also capable of playing the ball out of defence to great effect.

Midfield

Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

This season Yaya Toure has been at a different level. When you score so many goals from midfield and prove to be the most valuable member of a Premier League-winning team, you deserve recognition.

Became only the second midfielder in Premier League history to reach 20 goals in a season (after Frank Lampard - 22 - in 2009-10).

Idrissa Gueye (Lille)

It's a shame Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye won't be in Brazil because he has been in fine form and now is one of the finest all-round midfielders in the Ligue 1. Lille have had a fabulous season and for a while pushed big spending Monaco and PSG.

Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio)

The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting young players in Serie A, with a host of impressive performances. A small, agile but hard-working player, Onazi is a true box-to-box midfielder with an eye for a goal.

Strikers

Ikechukwu Uche (Villareal)

Keshi might have left him out, but I won't. Others like Habibou might have scored more goals but 13 in La Liga helped the Yellow Submarine claim a Europa League spot.

Wilfried Bony (Swansea)

It will be interesting to see if Swansea can keep hold of him if a good World Cup caps an excellent first season in England. A slow start. But then his 17 league goals were the difference that kept the Swans up. Got another 8 cup goals as well.

Gervinho (Roma)

So maligned during a difficult period at Arsenal, he's been reborn this season with Roma. He's both made and taken goals and looked a world class player...just ask Totti what he thinks of him. Looking good for the World Cup.

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