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Ducor Sports Weekend Roundup of African Players Abroad

Hamza Younes is star of the weekend after bagging a hat-trick in Greece. The 30-year-old , after coming scathing attacks for lack of goals, is proving age is just a number with his latest hat-trick to zip-up his doubters.


Ghana duo Baba Rahman and Tekpetey and Algeria’s Bentaleb all starred in Schalke 04’s 1-1 draw with Freiburg while Balogun and Gambia’s Bakary Jatta played no part in the tussle between Mainz and Hamburg.

Senegal’s Ludovic Lamine Sane took part in Werder Bremen’s one-all stalemate with Koln.  At the Red Bull Arena, Guinea’s Naby Deco Keita was an integral in RB Leipzig’s 2-0 win over Solomon Kalou’s Hertha BSC to consolidate their lead at the Bundesliga summit.

In the Greece Super League, Tunisia’s Hamza Younes scored a hat-trick in second-placed Xanthi’s 4-0 mauling of Veria. It is the 30-year-old’s eighth of the on-going season in as eleven outings.

Victor Obinna joined the mix when it was too late too little as Bayern Munich sunk Darmstadt while Matip got booked in Ingolstadt slender 1-0 victory over Leverkusen.


Victor Moses got hauled off in the 79th minute in a game Diego Costa grabbed the lone goal to continue Chelsea’s fine run under Antonio Conte.

Modou Barrow watched on impotently as Middlesbrough savaged Swansea City. Afobe got thrown in to help spare Bournemouth of their blushes without success as Southampton ran out 3-1 victors.

Yaya Toure got on with it from start to finish, however, not without entering the referee’s booklet for a foul as City put off Arsenal 2-1. Iwobi made the line up with Iheanacho and Mohammed Elneny getting shoved in as subs. At White Hart Lane, Wanyama comprised the Spurs team that whipped Burnley 2-1.

Daniel Amartey poked in his first premier league goal for Champions Leicester City in the 2-2 stalemate with Stoke City.

Ivory Coat star Lamine Kone’s Sunderland secured a rare win over Ighalo’s Watford.

Kouyate’s Hammers slalomed over Hull City 1-0. Ayew came off the bench while Feghouli’s watched on without getting minutes.

Ayom’s Westbromwich Albion suffered a pounding to Manchester United.

A step below the EPL, Muhammed Diame netted his second goal for promotion-chasing Newcastle United in their 2-1 triumph past Burton Albion. Ivory Coast’s Jonathan Kodjia was Villa’s man of the moment, nicking in the sole goal against Queen Park Rangers.

Still in the championship, Togo’s 28-year-old attacker Floyd Ayite scored for Fulham in the 2-2 draw with Derby County.

Crossing the border to Scotland, Kilmarnock let slip Soulayemane Coulibaly’s opening goal when Iverness CT evened the score six minutes from regular time.

African trio Abdul Osman, Bauben and Sutchuin Djoum had minutes under their belts when Hearts squared Patrick Thistle.

At the Celtic Park, Morocco’s El Bakhtaoui joined the fray three minutes from time for Dundee whilst Kolo Toure took a seat in the unused substitutes’ bench as Celtic grabbed all points.


Rachid Ait-Atmane was offered another run-in in Sporting Gijon’s line up but the 23-year-old Algerian got subbed out ten minutes from end of the first-half in the 3-1 lost to Villareal.

Black Stars’ Partey was brought on in a time-wasting tactic as Griezmann’s replacement in the 90th minute as Atletico Madrid desperately fends off Las Palmas. El Zhar of Morocco was one of key men for Las Palmas.

It does look like gaffer Juande Ramos was made to pay for the technical howler of dropping Cameroon’s goalkeeper Kameni to the bench as Seville subject Malaga to a 4-1 annihilation.


Moustpha Elhadjie Diallo was a focal in Gunigamp’s shock 2-1 win over Aurier’s PSG while Moukandjp’s Loreint did their chances of surviving the drop favors when they strolled past St Etienne. Benin stars Sessegnon and Mounie and Mali’s Yacouba Sylla each scored a goal in Monpillier’s 4-0 drubbing of Bordeaux.

Youssef Ait Bennasser poked Nancy in front but a Jullien late-gasp equaliser meant sharing of the spoils with Toulouse.

The triumvirate of Keita, Moustefa and Diallo proved invaluable to Bastia in the 2-1 victory Rennes.

Giovanni-Guy Yann had spurred Rennes in the driving seat but goals from Danic and Crivelli reduced the Ivorian’s effort to a mere consolation. Pape Sane had his slice of the goal cake, hammering the final nail to the coffin as Caen brushed off Mandjeck’s Metz.


Donkam and Bagayoko were starters as St Truident’s swept aside Esiti’s Gent while Terki of Algeria had his goal tally soaring to three when he grabbed the second in Lokeren’s 3-1 pinching of Congo’s Ganvoula’s Westerlo.

Baby and Bedia combined to down Royal Excel Mouscron 2-0 with each getting on the score sheet.

Gabon’s Ovono got the nod to start in between the sticks in KV Oostede’s 1-1 tie with Baudry’s Zulte-Waregem. All three Africans; Gambia’s Omar Colley, Tanzania’s Samatta and Belfodil of Algeria scored as Genk-Standard Liège fixture wrapped up 2-2.

Banfana Bafana’s Lars Veldwijk scored his first goal – a consolation – in Kortrijk’s 5-1 routing to leaders Club Brugge.

Sofiane Hani poked in the opener and the game’s last goal as Anderlecht shrugged off AS Eupen 4-0.

Gambia’s Ibou Sawaneh struck twice in SV Roeselare’s 3-1 spanking of Cerle Brugge in the Belgian second tier. It was also another impressive outing for Ba, Toure and Diallo each nestling the ball to the back of the net to ensure Tubize Jettisons off Union Saint-Gilloise in the same league as the promotion play-offs intensifies.


Taranga Lions’ Assane Diousse El Hadji was an important as gold at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as Empoli eased past Cagliari.

Kessie of The Elephants and Drame raked up minutes under their belts in Atlanta-Milan 0-0 fixture while Mohamed Salah was on the losing side as table-topping Juve beat Roma in a top-of-the table clash.

Ghoulam was part of Napoli’s defence that shipped in three goals but the Naples would eventually ride over Torino 5-3 with Mertens plundering in four goals single-handedly.

Donsah of Ghana climbed off the substitutes’ dug-out along with Nigeria’s Okwonkwo unlike Libya’s Ahmed Benali who started for losing side Pescara against Bologna.

Agymang-Badu wasn’t considered good enough for a starting berth, coming in just a minute from time’s end as Udinese punched Crotone 2-0.


Ogbeche was as good as a spectator in WillemII’s comfortable 2-1 win over Heerveren.

Ajagun and Amrabat featured in Roda JC and Utrecht 0-0 tie while Tighadouini watched his equalizing goal for Vitesse reduced to nothing as Feyenrood romped to a 3-1 win.

South Africa’s Mokotjo started in Twente’s 2-1 slaying to seventh-placed AZ.

Angola’s Fredy got hauled off as Excelsior drew NEC 2-2.

Ebuehi and Kanon got involved in Ado Deen Haag’s pinching of Sparta Rotherdam.

Onana stood firm between the posts as Ziyech sealed the defence in Ajax’s 1-1 affair with PSV in the battle of league juggernauts.


Yecine Brahimi fired in the opener to make Cameroon’s Djousse’s goal count for nothing as leaders Port smacked Maritimo in the Portuguese Premiera Liga.

Barnes Osei is on thirteen-game run without goal but started as Pacos de Ferriera beat Belenenses a goal to nothing.

Angola’s Mataeus ended his goal jinx, grabbing the second in Arouca’s savaging of Moreiense.

Emmanuel Okyere Boateng packed in the only consolation goal in the defeat.

Diakhite and Tambe were on the losing end after their sides Estoril and Tondela lost this weekend.

Elsewhere at Vila de Conde, Alhassan Wakaso was part of Rio Ave’s team that beat Nacionale 2-1. Egypt’s Ali Ghazal turned the ball into his own net.


Akakpo, Onazi and Vincent Aboubakar lost their respective fixtures.

Mali’s Yatabare chipped in the equalizing goal for Karabukspor after Burkinafaso’s Abul Razak Traore had a goal disallowed earlier.

Indomitable Lions’ striker Loanard Kweuke was on target for relegation-threatened Rizespor while Pierre Achille Webo Kouamo stole the headlines with his brace helping Osmanlispor hold Galatasary two-all.


Featured Photo: Daniel Amartey scored his first premier league goal for Champions Leicester City

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