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Ducor Sports Round-up of African Players Abroad

In England, the FA Cup Final saw Arsenal win its 13th trophy, a seventh for Arsene Wenger making him the most successful manager in the competition’s history. Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi did not get to feature but got a medal as Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea in a game that saw Victor Moses get sent off for simulation.

In Germany, Gabon’s Aubameyang stole the limelight after his effort helped earn Bundesliga giants Dortmund its first German Cup in five years. It was also the erstwhile African Player of the Year’s 40th goal of the season.

Switching to the Netherlands, Morocco duo Ayoub Yassin and Zakaria Labyad starred for Utrecht who breezed past AZ on post-match penalties.

Over to Spain, AFCON-winning Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, is yet to mark his second appearance for Seville’s reserves as he sat out in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with promotion-chasing side Cardiz, in the second tier.

Uncapped-Nigerian-born, Ramon Olamikelikan Azeez was the difference in midfielder for Almeria who added to bottom-placed Mirandes’ woes. Compatriot and Ex- Super Eagles’ striker Kalu Uche joined from the bench.

In the same division, Cameroon’s Lucien Fridollin Owoana Ndong got booked as Alcorcon suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tenerife.

Guinea’s Alhassan Bangoura came off the bench, unlike Angola’s Manucho Goncalves who featured in the starting lineup for Rayol Vallecano in a one-all stalemate with Real Zaragoza.

Spain-born Moroccan goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou is on the brink of securing promotion to the La Liga next season despite losing 3-1 to a much troubled Gimnastic Tarragona yesterday afternoon.

Elsewhere in the division, Guinea’s Sory Kaba leaped to his club, Elche’s rescue, scoring the winner a minute after coming on as teammate Rober Correa’s replacement.

Egypt’s Mohammed Salah prevailed over Ghana’s Isaac Cofie as Roma sailed over Genoa, in the Serie A.

Angola’s Quissanga Jacinto earned his send-off for unsporting behavior as Lazio endured a 3-1 routing to Crotone.

Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Algeria’s Fuoazi Ghoulam started in Napoli’s 4-2 walloping of Sampdoria.

In China, Nigeria’s Anthony Ujah was the star of the match scoring twice prior to DR Congo’s Assani Lukimya securing the third goal, as Liaoning Kaixien saw off Gambia Bubacarr Trawally’s Yanbian Funde.

Kenya’s Micheal Olunga starred from start to finish in Guizhou’s 2-2 stalemate with Jiangsu Suning F.C.

Stephen M’bia won the bragging rights over Nigeria’s Odion Jude Ighalo as Hebei put two past Changchun Yatai F.C.

Finnish Premier League’s Macoumba Kandji netted his first of the season. The 30-year-old Gambian grabbed the second goal in a game which saw Inter-Turku beat HIFK 2-0 while Cameroon’s Gael Junior Etock, made it three goals in six games for JJK.

In Kazakhstan’s Premier League, Junior Kabananga Kalonji continued with his terrific form in front of goal. The 28-year-old Anderlecht reject was on fire on Sunday plundering in a hat-trick as leaders Astana capitalized on a free falling Shakter Karagandy, 4-1. It was the DRC striker’s 9th goal of the ongoing campaign.

Gerard Gohou is the league’s highest goal scorer on 11 goals in 14 games. The Ivorian is the reason club Kairat seats third in the league.

In Sweden, it was a 2-2 tie between Hammarby and Jonkoping Sodra. Gambia’s striker Pa Dibba poked in Hammarby’s first goal after 18 minutes before Sodra replied with two successive goals one of which, was scored by Cameroon’s Eric Ayuk before wrapping up in a two-all affair.

Tunisia’s Issam Jebali was on target, stabbing in the first goal to gift Elfsborg the lead. But the side lost the advantage after allowing Hysen to equalize for IK Goteborg.

A step below Sweden’s top tier League, South Africa’s Mihlali Samson Mayambela was on target for Degerfors IF. The former Cape Town All Stars’ playmaker slammed in one of two goals to beat GAIS 2-1.

In Switzerland, Ivory Coast’s Seydou Doumbia is a nicknamed goal-assassin for a reason. The 29-year-old is on a free-scoring form, scoring 18 goals this season and is the Super League, joint top scorer.

He joined the fray from the substitutes’ bench at a time the game was tied one-all. The ex- CSK Moscow goal-getter delivered a master class performance scoring twice in three minutes to hand all points to leaders Basel against Grasshopper FC on Sunday.

Swapping to the Major League Soccer, Ghana’s on-form David Accam turned on the act again. The 26-year-old took only nine minutes to settle the game. Ex-hit man of Helsingborg, Accam doubled the lead after teammate and Bulgarian attacker Nikolic had gone ahead to put Chicago Fire in the driving seat.

Dallas scored but it couldn’t have been more than a consolation. The 26-year-old Black Star is on 7 goals in 12 games for The Fire.




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