Ducor Sports Africans Based Abroad Round-up
A round-up of the performance of African footballers representing various leagues abroad.
We begin with England where Wilfred Ndidi was on show for Leicester City as The Foxes spanked Victor Wanyama’s Tottenham. Serge Aurirer of Ivory Coast performed for the Spurs.
At the Goodison Park, Alex Iwobi replaced Manchester United’s outcast Schnerlin in the second-half as league new boys Sheffield United shocked Everton 2-0 with Yerry Milna’s own goal adding to gaffer Marco Silva’s woes.
Riyad Mahrez grabbed the third goal in Manchester City’s 8-0 annihilation of Ismaila Sarr’s Watford.
A step below the English Premier League, DR Congo’s Jacques Maghoma and compatriot Britt Assimbolango were on the losing end for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough respectively.
In games played on Saturday, Cameroon’s Ambroise Onyongo made his fifth start while Algeria’s Andy Delort also featured from the beginning as Marseille drew with Montpellier 1-1 in a game marred with seven yellow cards and two send-offs.
The duo of Bakaye Dibbasey and Fousseni Diabate from Mali were the architects in Amiense SC’s win while Senegal’s Habibou Diallo pulled a goal back for Metz.
In another French Ligue duel, Algeria’s wantaway defender Youcef Atal was the man to thank for Nice’s slim triumph over Dijon after he snatched the winning goal in the 47th minute despite getting booked later by the referee for an infringement.
Earlier on Friday, Kalifa Coulibaly had his goal tally soaring to three in eight cameos but watched his hard-earned effort go in vain after Strasbourg launched a-come-from-behind to net twice and pick all points before a crowd of over 24,000 away fans.
At the Veltins arena, Senegal centre-back Salif Sane was integral in Schalke04’s 2-1 win past Mainz while Anonthy Ujah of Nigeria was left to warm the bench from start to finish in Union Berlin’s slip-up to Bayer Leverkusen.
Still in Berlin, Ujah’s compatriot Jamilu Collins got the nod from the line-up but his Paderborn will fall to Salomon Kalou’s Hertha BSC.
Elsewhere, Amadou Haidara got some minutes under his belt joining the fray as a 63rd minute new entrant for teammate Matheus Cunha in RB Leipzig’s 3-0 walloping of Werder Bremen.
Ghana’s Kassim Adams Nuhu saw his opener reduced to a consolation after a Marcus Thuram’s brace secured M’Gladbach all points against Dusseldorf.
Super Eagles’ midfield maestro Abdul Ajagun and Leopards’ Herve Kage were left with a bitter pill to swallow after their Kortrijk bit the dust to Mechelen.
On the same day, Chaleroi had to count losses on the heels of a 3-0 trouncing as Jordan Rolly Botako of DRC and Yohan Boli of Ivory Coast combined to secure St-Truident the bragging rights.
On a night Africans were out on goal-rampage, Duemerci Mbokani wasn’t the man to be left out as he netted his sixth in the ongoing season while teammate and Cameroon’s Lamkel Ze clutched a brace to send Cercle Brugge packing on a 3-1 score for Antwerp.
Over to Genk, new signing and Lagos-born Paul Ounauchu is repaying gaffer Felice Mazzu’s faith in him, scoring the second goal for his team. Playmaker and in-demand Mbwana Ally Samatta of Tanzania wasn’t on the score sheet.
Switching to the Turkish Super Lig, Senegal’s Mam Balla Thiam plundered in two goals in Kamsinpasa’s downing of Antalyaspor. The new acquisition from UAE Al Girafa is on fire at this moment.
Krepin Diatta spared his teammates of their blushes by nicking in the game’s winner in the 70th minute for Club Brugge against a faltering Anderlecht under the tutelage of Vincent Kompany and Davis.
In Italy, Ghana’s Joseph Alfred Duncan smashed in his first of the new term in Sassuolo’s empathic walkover past SPAL whereas Algeria’s Faouzi Goulham went into the referee’s book in Napoli’s win over Leece with Gambia’s Omar Colley central in Sampdori’s slender thumping of Torino.
In faraway Finland, Gambia’s Demba Savage nestled in his third goal of the season as Honka saw off bitter rivals HJK .
Uncapped Nigeria’s Chidera Ejuke also did the same in Heereenven’s one-all stalemate with Utrecht.
Indomitable Lions’ Allan Romero Nyom rifled in the game’s third for Getafe after Ghana’s Idriss Baba Mohammed turned the goal into his own net in Mallorca’s 4-2 thumping.