Ducor Sports Weekend Round-up of African Players Abroad
Gabon’s Aubameyang and Nigeria’s Sweden-based John Owoeri are star Africans of the weekend after both peppered in four goals in their respective club fixtures.
Aubameyang packed in four goals and an assists in Dortmund’s 5-2 win over bottom rocked Hamburg. It was the African Player of the Year hopeful’s eleventh goal of the campaign.
Ivory Coast’s Solomon Kalou single-handedly downed Borussia M’gladbach with his audacious hat-trick for Hertha BSC.
Desert Foxes Bentaleb clutched the second as Schalke 04 did just what they thought of Werder Bremen, beating them 3-1.
African trio Mamadou Sylla (Guinean) Onyekuru (Nigeria) and Congo’s Koubemba each scored but it was Sylla’s AS Eupen who delivered the points against Sint-Truident.
Egypt’s Trizeguet grabbed a consolation goal for Royal Excel Muscron before accumulating two yellow cards for infringements. Algeria’s Belfodi in the same match secured the opener after 55 minutes ticked on the clock.
Yet to be capped Nigerian-borns Hassan and Onauchu each got a goal slice as Midtjyland routed Horsens.
Wanyama was a vital as Tottenham snatched a point off Arsenal in a contest Nigeria Iwobi featured for the Gunners before getting subbed out 20 minutes from time.
DR Congo’s Mbokani was called on nine minutes into the first-half as replacement for Hernandez who appeared in great discomfort while Egypt’s Ahmed El Mohamad got the nod from start as Hull City thumped Southampton 2-1.
Sadio Mane continued his lethal best, scoring twice in Liverpool’s 6-1 annihilation of Watford to go top of the table after City got tied 1-1 by Middlesbrough yesterday. The Anfield outfit now tops by one point with Manchester United closely fifth after the Red devils showed a rare class to beat Modou Barrow’s Swansea City 3-1.
Victor Moses was part of the Chelsea side that spanked Bolasie’s Everton 5-0 with a brace by Hazard and goals from Marco Alsono, Pedro and Diego Costa sealing it. The Blues sit second on 25 points.
Elsewhere at the London Stadium, Ghana’s Andre Ayew and Senegal’s Kouyate along with Fegouli of Algeria all got minutes as West Ham United drew Wilfred Bony’s Stoke City 1-1.
Nigeria’s Anichebe helped earn bottom-placed Sunderland a rare win over AFC Bournemouth in a contest Steven Pianaar got booked. Algeria’s Slimani scored his second goal for The Foxes at the King Power Stadium in what was his sixth appearance for the champions since joining in from Sporting Lisbon. Amarty and Schulpp, the other Ghanaians in coach’s Ranieri’s roster, merely watched proceedings from the bench.
Mohamed Salah raced Roma in the lead with a fine effort after just 13 minutes against Bologna.
Assan Diousse El Hadji had another 90-minute run in Empoli’s 4-0 win over Libya international Ahmed Benali’s relegation-threatened Pescara. Emmanuel Agymanng-Badu and Mali’s Wague were crucial in Udinese’s 1-1 stalemate with Genoa. At the Stadio Renzo Barbera, Guinea-Bissau’s pride Carlos Embalo formed Palermo’s attack but pulled yet another blank in front of goal as his side bit the dust to second-place holders AC Milan 2-1 at home.
Balde Diao Keita scored his fourth goal for Lazio, converting teammate Parolo’s assist in The Eagles 1-1 affair with Napoli while Nigeria’s forgotten man and former Inter Milan ace Joel Chukuwuma Obi came on as a 61 replacement for the tired legs of teammate Bassolli.
Morocco’s Tannane got his marching orders in St Etienne’s goalless encounter with Metz today.
Benin’s Steve Mounie notched in his third goal in his eight start for Montpillier in the 3-1 win over a free-falling Marseille. Mauritania’s Dialo Guidileye and Nancy had a bitter weekend to forget after losing 6-0 to Mali star Adama Traore’s Monaco. Famara Diedhiou from Senegal was on the score sheet as Angers SCO added to Lillie’s woes subjecting them to a 1-0 defeat.
Chelsea on-loan striker Betrand Traore was the sole African to score in Netherland’s Eredivisie netting the opening goal in Ajax’s 2-2 stalemate with AZ
Taiwo Awoniyi is yet to score in eight straight matches for NEC and got into the referee’s booklet in the 1-1 showdown with Groningen while Ghana ace Owusu-Abeyie joined the fray eight minutes from time.
Prince Buaben was the lone player from the continent to score, slotting in a delectable effort for his first goal for Hearts in the tie affair with St Johnson.
Mandi’s Real Betis got taught a lesson to forget following a 2-0 lost to Villareal with Kevin Prince Boateng’s Las Palmas cruising on a narrow 1-0 win over Eibar while Ghana’s Partey got cautioned as Atletico Madrid dropped points to Real Sociedad losing 2-0.
Kenya’s starlet Olunga and Zimbabwe’s Kadawere featured for Djurgardens with both scoring in the Stockholm-based side’s 5-2 triumph over GIF Dundsvall on final day of the Swedish Premier tier. Accra-born Sabah Lawson had a happy ending to his campaign scoring his first goal for joint third placed IFK Goteborg.
League golden boot winner John Owoeri capped off a boisterous season peppered with goals on a high, netting four times eventually increasing his goal tally to 17 in twenty-six games he’d starred for Hacken BK. Transferring to Hacken from fellow Swedish outfit Åtvidabergs FF only last season, the 29-year-old has scored a total of twenty-six goals including in Cup competition this year alone for the Black and Yellows. Teammate and Ghana’s Nasiru Muhammed also scored in the 7-1 whacking of Falkenbarg. Compatriot Ebenzer Ofori also found the net for AIK Solna against Kalmar.
Super Eagles stopper Omeru inadvertently turned the goal into his own net but Alanyaspor will go on to stroll over Gaziantepspor 4-3. Zambia’s Evans Kangwa managed to nestle the ball to the back of the net and wasn’t deserving to be on the losing end.
Samuel Eto’o poked in a penalty goal which proved the winning goal to hand Antalyspor lifeline to escape the relegation zone in the Turkish Super Lig. Emenike replaced van Persie as Morocco’s Chahechouhe poked in second of the season in Fenerbache’s 3-1 victory past Akhisar Belediyspor.
Featured Photo: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to the Borussia Dortmund line up with a four goal show(Courtesy of Reuters)