Ducor Sports Round-up of African Players Abroad
At 35 and still going, Cameroon veteran Pierre Webo is proving age is just a number after scoring his 119th career goal. Webo is defying the notion of age taking a toll on the body in the most thrilling of fashions in Turkish Super Lig.
Benin’s Rudy Gestede and DR Congo’s Ben Afobe were the sole African scorers in the English Premier League.
Gestede pulled a consolation for Middlesbrough while Afobe smacked a double to put Bournemouth in charge against faltering Swansea City.
Ivory Coast’s Eric Baily was involved in a controversy after replays showed him appearing to bite Gestede, sparking claims of a repeat Suarez-like cannibalism in the pitch. But the Benin international has moved quickly to deny he was bitten by The Elephants’ defender, saying Bailly gave him a “kiss and a hug” instead.
At the White Hart Lane, Victor Wanyama got booked in the 61st minute in second-placed Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Southampton.
Yaya Toure started while Iheanacho played no part in City’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
Nigeria’s Iwobi came off the bench but his involvement couldn’t prevent the Gunners from losing 3-1 to Nyom’s West Bromwich.
Wilfried Zaha and Ghana’s Jeffery Schlupp starred as a Troy Deeney’s own goal earned it all for Crystal Palace against Watford.
Senegal’s Gana Geuye was the winner against compatriot John Momar N’Diaye as Everton downed Hull City in another EPL fixture with Lukaku scoring a brace.
Mama Biram Diouf climbed off the bench in the second half, unlike Egypt’s Ramadan Sobhi who started in Stoke City’s defeat to table-topping Chelsea.
African Player of the Year Mahrez scored as well as Ghana’s Andre Ayew as Leicester’s revival continues with another win this time, against West Ham United.
It was goal number 23 for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 23 games. The Gabonese scored the lone goal in Dortmund’s win over Ingolstadt.
Salomon Kalou started but soon got subbed out with a suspected injury in a game Hertha BSC lost to Koln.
At the OPEL ARENA, Algeria’s Bentaleb joined the fray in the 46th minute as Cameroon’s Choupo-Moting went into the referee’s booklet in Schalke’s win over Mainz.
Gambia’s Ousman Manneh was back into Werder Bremen’s first team but only as an unused substitute in the 3-1 triumph over second-placed RB Leipzig who was without Guinea’s Naby Deco Keita.
Omar Al Kaddouri of Morocco scored for Empoli but Napoli would prevail on 3-2 as Fiorentina beat Algeria Djamel Mesbah’s Crotone 1-0 in another Serie A duel on Sunday.
Kwadwo Asamoah and Gabon’s Mario Lemina featured as Juventus ground out a 1-0 win past Sampdoria.
Libya’s Ahmed Benali and Sulley Muntari watched Pescara get pounded by Frank Yannick Kessie’s Altanta 3-0.
Ageymang-Badu formed the core in midfield in Udinese’s routing of Palermo while Egypt’s Mohamed Salah secured his 9th goal, scoring the second as Roma trounced Sassuolo 3-1.
Earlier on Saturday, Ghana’s Afriyie Acquah scored the opener – his debut season goal – in Torino’s 2-2 draw with Inter Milan.
Morocco’s Adel Taarabt got the nod from the start as Genoa was beaten 1-0 by fallen giants, AC Milan.
In the Italian second tier, Gambia international Lamin Jallow netted his third of the campaign two of which came in relegation-threatened Trapani’s rare 4-0 win over Bari Saturday afternoon.
Ghana’s Kevin-Prince Boateng single-handedly won the spoils for Las Palmas with his lone winner after just ten minutes of ticking time.
Lacina Traore notched a goal and could have had a second in Sporting Gijon’s 3-1 humbling of Granada.
Ivory Coast’s Jean Michael Serie forced a share of the points with his equalizing goal for Nice in the one-all stalemate with Nantes.
Abdul Majeeb Waris of Ghana assisted twice as Cameroon’s skipper Moukandjo grabbed the opening goal in bottom-placed Lorient’s hard fought win over Nancy. Senegal’s Isiar Dia scored again this time via the spot-kick for the losing outfit.
Elsewhere, Dia’s compatriot Younousse Sankare began the rout for Bordeaux who ran out a 5-1victory over Montpellier. Algeria’s Ryad Boudebouz was on target for Montpellier but his effort couldn’t be more than a consolation.
France-born Senegalese star Famara Diedhiou, had his goal tally soar to seven, joining the fray much later to nick home the game’s last goal.
Serge Aurier was part of the PSG outfit that beat Olympique Lyon 2-1 on Sunday.
Morocco’s Zakaria Labyad and Nigeria’s Imoh Fred Friday were the sole African scorers in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Featured photo: Cameroon veteran Pierre Webo, is not letting age deter his impressive performance in the Turkish league. (Getty Images)