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Round Up: How Africans Fared In The English Premier League Over The Weekend

A round-up of the performance of African players in the Premier League over the weekend.

Players from the continent were in active mode over the weekend with some on the losing end and others securing the bragging rights.

We begin with Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria who had ten minutes show for in Leicester City’s 2-2 stalemate with Chelsea.

The 23-year-old has had only nine starts and scoring thrice, suggesting he is still to fully break into gaffer Brendan Rogers’ line up.

Tanzania’s Mbwana Ally Samatta was the headliner in the English Premier League notwithstanding the number of Africans that featured over the weekend.

The former Genk man is beginning to repay faith entrusted in him as he scored on his debut for a stuttering Aston Villa.

Samatta plundered in his effort in the 70th minute to make his history as the first Tanzanian to star in the EPL, however, Bournemouth emerged winners with 2-1.

At the Shelhurst Park, Ghana’s Jordan Ayew, Cheikh Kouyate and Wilfried Zaha all got involved but Crystal Palace still lost to Sheffield United.

Mohammed Salah was the got-to-guy for Liverpool. The Egyptian had his goal tally soaring to fourteen after he notched twice in the Anfield outfit’s 4-0 thumping of Southampton.

Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb marked his full debut for Newcastle United in the 0-0 tie with Norwich City.

Isaac Success was on the losing side of Watford against his countryman Alex Iwobi who fielded on the left-wing for Everton.

Yeri Mina earned a brace while former Arsenal man Theo Walcott slotted in the final goal at the Vicarage Road in Everton’s narrow 3-2 win.

Ivory Coast’s Nicolas Pepe warmed the bench while Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang made the lineup but The Gunners couldn’t get past Burnley.

Rounding off, Serge Aurier and Riyad Mahrez of Ivory Coast and Algeria respectively got the nod for a start in the drab stalemate between Tottenham and Manchester City.

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