Ducor Sports African Players Abroad Wrap
Algeria’s Oussama’s Darfalou was on terrific form on Sunday afternoon scoring twice on his first league start for Vitesse Anhrem in the Netherlands but Aubameyang wins our star of the weekend prize after he propelled Arsenal to victory, nabbing a brace and assisting in Ramsey’s goal.
We begin our round up with Spain where Senegal’s Amath Ndiaye and Ghana’s Emmanuel Boateng got minutes under their belts in the Getafe versus Levante epic duel with the latter winning on a slender 1-0 margin.
Though Black Stars’ Mubarak Wakaso went into the referee’s books for an infringement, Deportivo Alaves ended up packing aside a crisis-ridden Real Madrid.
A step below the Primera Division, Junior Wakalibillie Lago was a regular for promotion-chasing Mallorca as they slalomed over Tenerife 4-1.
Elephants’ defensive midfielder Yannick Frank Kessie proved integral in AC Milan walloping of Chievo Verona on Sunday.
Only Levi Koffi Djidiji of Ivory Coast was rested among the four Africans in Torino’s books during Saturday’s hard-fought victory over Frosinone.
Super Eagles’ centre-back William Troost-Ekong and Seko Fofana formed part of the Udinese set up that bit the dust to Serie A leaders Juventus.
Algeria’s Ismael Bennacer, Afriyie Acquah (Ghana) and club side Empoli suffered a 2-0 lost to Roma.
The Craven Cottage may well cease to be Fulham’s after Arsenal almost made it theirs, spanking the Cottagers 5-1 on Sunday.
Gabon’s Aubameyang came off the bench to score twice and then turned provider for Aaron Ramsey’s goal.
In an earlier EPL fixture, DR Congo’s Gaetan Bongo Songo was a key figure in Brighton and Hove Albion’s narrow win over West Ham United at the American Express Community Stadium.
At the Turf Moore, Benin’s Stevie Mounie climbed off the bench for Huddersfield Town in the 1-1 draw against Burnley while the African quartet of Jeffrey Schulpp, Jordan Ayew, Wilfred Zaha and Chiekhou Kouyate failed to inspire Crystal Palace in their slender 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Palace defeats in the season now amount to five so far with a return of a mere seven points in a possible twenty four.
Idrisa Gana Gueye and Everton saw their fine form of late stretched to three wins in a row having triumphed over Leicester City 2-1 at home to the Foxes on Saturday.
Switching to the White Hart Lane, Pochettino threw in Kenya’s Victor Wanyama as Sissoko’s replacement in an action-packed showdown. Eric Dier’s 8th minute effort ensured Spurs’ escape unlike at the Vicarage Road where the score-line reached four as Bournemouth AFC made a light work of Watford – a tie Nigeria’s Isaac Success was considered good enough only as a second-half substitute.
The Theatre of Dreams witnessed a sort of an electric comeback not seen for very many ages. Aside from Ivory Coast’s Eric Baily’s early hauling off sparked by Newcastle United effrontery to net twice in the space three minutes, it was sigh of relief at last for United fans after Mata inspired the Manchester outfit to a 3-2 win to help calm Mourinho’s nerves who, it was hoped, had been set for the exit prior to the match.
It turned out yet another moment of a magic day for Guinea Conakry’s Francois Kamano having plastered in two goals as Bordeaux trod the path to win against Nantes at press time.
Mathiue Dossevi from Togo and Tunisia’s Bassem Srarfi both grabbed a goal each in the draw between Toulouse and Nice.
Elephants’ striker Nicolas Pepe had his goal tally soaring to six after scoring one of Lille’s three goals against Saint Etienne.
Lebio Mathibo of South Africa gifted Strasbourg two quick goals but a late rally from Angers forced a share of the spoils.
Victor John Osimhen is on a run of three starts for Sporting Charleroi but was on the path of defeat as they got humbled 2-1 by Cercle Brugge. Elsewhere, Mamadou Fall broke his four-game goal duck, nabbing in what could merely become a consolation in AS Eupen’s loss to Antwerp.
At the Daknam Stadion, Lokeren’s woes continued with the latest 3-1 drubbing to Kortrijk piling up the pressure. Algeria’s Idir Ouali was at hand to slot home the final goal having replaced teammate Chevalier.
Jordan Rolly Botaka and Yohan Boli each found back of the net as St-Truident breezed 3-1past Mouscron Royal Excel as Gambia’s Bubacarr Sanneh got cautioned four minutes from time in Anderlecht’s 2-1 thumping of Zulte-Waregem.
It’s game number 32 in the United States MLS as Algeria’s Saphir Siliti Taider got involved in it as much. The 29-year-old is a permanent fix in Montreal Impacts campaign. He got the nod from the start grabbing his seventh league goal in the process via the spot kick as Ghana pair Harisson Afful and Jonathan Mensah’s Columbus Crew got smacked 3-0.
Uganda’s Micheal Azira was fielded too for the winning side to game’s end while Christia Machado Pinto –the only African in Atlanta United’s win over New England Revolution –watched on from the bench.
At the BMO Field in Ontario, Sierra Leone’s Kei Kamara was the go-to-guy for the Whitecaps in the all Canada derby against Toronto FC.
American striker Jozy Altidore got the 23,886 fans off their seats with Toronto’s equalizing goal on the back of Teibert’s opener prior to Kamara leaping to the Caps’ rescue five minutes on with the game’s winner.
In Texas, Dominque Badjie raked up some minutes before getting subbed out as Dallas FC sashayed past Orlando City. Emmanuel Boateng and Stephen Obayan Sunday and Dominic Odurowere were on show for their respective clubs as well.