Ducor Sports African Players Abroad Round-up
A round-up of the performance of African players in the top leagues across the world.
Senegal’s Sadio Mane notched his second goal of the campaign in three outings for Liverpool in a game that saw him spat with teammate Mohamed Salah.
Mane had been in a position to score but Salah tried tricking the defender leaving the Senegalese fuming. The Taranga Lions’ skipper was hauled off six minutes left of regular time throwing a tantrum as Firmino tried calming him down.
Jurgen Klopp later played down the incident in his post-game remarks.
On Sunday, Super Eagles’ Alex Iwobi was on the score sheet in new club Everton’s 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang also followed suit netting in Arsenal 2-2 scintillating tie with Tottenham in an all London derby.
Morocco’s Soufiane Boufal made it his first start for Southampton since switching from Celta Vigo in The Saints 1-1 tie with Manchester United on Saturday.
A revived Jordan Ayew was on a terrific form in the early moments of the English Premier League with the Ghanaian scoring his second goal of the season in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
Wantaway Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Zaha is yet to score in his fourth outing for the London club in a dip in form that’s beginning to have his manager scratching his head for answers. The winger had been due to transfer to Everton but his dream move hit the buffers.
Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi starred from start to finish in Leicester City’s 1-0 slaloming of AFC Bournemouth as Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez also fielded for champions Manchester City who made a light work of Brighton 4-0.
Elsewhere at the St James’ Park, Ghana’s Christian Atsu got the nod from the starting lineup in Newcastle United’s 1-1 stalemate with forward Isaac Success’ Watford. The Nigerian climbed off the substitutes’ bench in the duel.
Arthur Marsuaku of DR Congo got picked for a third straight appearance as West Ham United breezed past Norwich City.
In the English second tier, Leopards’ striker Brit Assombalango grabbed his third of the term in Middlesbrough’s loss to Bristol City.
Black Stars’ Albert Adomah had his goal tally soaring to two having been thrown in a second-half substitute to force a 1-1 tie for Nottingham Forest.
Indomitable Lions’ Pierre Khunde Malong joined the fray in the 46th minute as teammate Larza’s replacement in their 6-1 walloping to Bayern Munich.
In another Saturday fixture, Algeria’s Ishak Belfodil and Togo’s Ihlas Bebou were regulars for Hoffenheim in the goalless stalemate with Bayer Leverkusen. Over to the Volswagen stadium, Nigeria’s Jamilu Collins helped tighten the back four of Paderborn in the drab tie with Wolfsburg.
Salomon Kalu was rested by Hertha BSC as they succumbed to a 3-0 trouncing by Salifu Sane’s Schalke 04 while Nigeria’s Anthony Uja performed but without scoring in Union Berlin’s 3-1 shock drubbing of Dortmund.
Mali-born Moussa Doumbia grabbed his first goal for Stade Reims as they swaggered over Lille 2-0.
Racine Coly of Senegal and Choupo-Moting of Cameroon both scored for Nice and PSG respectively.
Gnaly Maxwell Connet was on the winning side as Lyon spanked Bordeaux. DR Congo’s Ngonda Muzinga turned the ball into his own net in the tie between Dijon and Angers SCO with Issiaga Sylla of Guinea playing a part in Toulouse’s showdown with Amiens SC.
Ghana Joseph Aidoo formed the core of the Celta Vigo outfit that pegged back Seville on Friday. Switching to the Estdaio Sadar, Guinea-Bissau-born and 16-year-old Anssumane Fati scored his first goal for Barca in the Catalans 2-2 struggle with Osasuna.
Jene Ortega from Togo and Morocco’s Faycal Fajr starred for Getafe against Mubarak Wakaso’s Deportivo Alaves. The fixture wrapped up a boring affair on a day Ghana’s Mohammed Karim and Real Valladolid succumbed to Levante.
Algeria Aissa Mandi was on the winning lane helping solidify Real Betis’ backline up against Leganes.
Over to Sunday, Black Stars’ Thomas Partey joined the fray minutes from time to score as Atletico Madrid narrowly placed a stuttering Eibar to the guillotine.
20-year-old Nigeria Sensation Samuel Chukwueze and Cameroon’s Toko Ekambi comprised Villareal’s attack in a tie ending 1-1 versus Real Madrid.