A few of the African continent’s prominent footballers were in action this past weekend across Europe and FARPost zooms into the star performers from their respective leagues.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
The Malian midfielder is now a regular for Graham Potter in Brighton colours and this past weekend, he played the entire 90 minutes, but could not help Brighton avoid a 2-1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah & Arthur Masuaku
Liverpool duo of Salah and Mane were both instrumental for Jurgen Klopp’s man as they had to come from behind to defeat a newly rejuvenated West Ham side on Saturday. West Ham drew first blood just after 10 minutes through Pablo Fornals before a Salah penalty levelled matters for the current EPL champions and Portuguese international Diogo Jota sealed all three points for the ‘Reds’ in the 85th minute.
Congolese international Masuaku started and got substituted in the second half for West Ham United.
Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet
It was a bad day at the office for the Aston Villa duo with Traore being substituted just after 29 minutes into his first league start for Villa and replaced by Egyptian international Trezeguet who couldn’t help Villa avoid a 4-3 defeat at home against Southampton who were without the services of Mali winger Moussa Djenepo who continues to recover from an injury which has taken him out for some time. The good news though is that he has resumed full training with the squad.
Aubameyang, Thomas Partey and Mohamed El Neny
The African star trio were in control at Old Trafford with Aubameyang’s goal enough to seal the victory for ‘The Gunners’ and credit needs to be given to the midfield pairing of El Nenny and Partey who both controlled the midfield to perfection on the day and gave coach Mikel Arteta a big victory away from home.
Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech
It was yet another clean sheet for Mendy and a first league goal for Ziyech as Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win against Burnley in the English Premier League. Ziyech has now had an assist and a goal in his first three matches for Chelsea while Mendy has been the master of closing shop at the back for the London-based side.
SPANISH LA LIGA
Allan Nyom and Djene Dakonan
The duo was named in the starting XI again for Getafe as they played out to a 2-2 draw against Valencia on Sunday in a game that was as dramatic as they come. Valencia got a red card in the second half, but Getafe couldn’t capitalise on it as both clubs had to share the spoils.
The Nigerian international started and got substituted in the second half as La Liga’s new boys Huesca got a 4-1 drubbing from champions Real Madrid on Saturday.
Ramy Bensebaini and Mohammed Haidara
The Bundesliga season continued this past weekend and Algerian defender Bensebaini got one over Malian anchor Haidara. Bensebaini lasted the whole game while Hadara came on in the second half for Leipzig as Borussia Monchengladbach won 1-0 on the day against last year’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists.
Amine Harit and Salif Sane
Moroccan midfielder Harit played the whole game for Schalke as they drew 1-1 against VFB Stuttgart while Senegalese defender Salif Sane was also a rock for the same outfit on the day, he even got himself booked in the process as both sides shared the spoils.
ITALIAN SERIE A
The Senegalese international came on after 66 minutes for Sampdoria, but couldn’t help them overcome Genoa as both sides had to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Kalidou Koulibaly, Hamed Traore and Victor Osimhen
Mehdi Bourabia and Hamed Traore got one over West African duo Osimhen and Koulibaly as high flying Sassuolo got the surprise victory of the weekend defeating Napoli 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Lyon had a tough task away from home as they travelled to Lille on Sunday afternoon hoping to snatch all three points, but it wasn’t to be as both clubs had to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw in the fiery contest.
Zimbabwean striker Kadewere played the entire game while Ivorian Coast’s Cornet also lasted the entire 90 minutes playing in an unusual left back position.
Special mention to Malian attacker Sekou Koita who scored a brace for RB Salzburg in their 5-0 victory over WSG Wattens on Saturday.
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By Prince Sobayeni