It was an action-packed weekend for African footballers abroad as they played significant roles for their different clubs abroad.
The former West Ham United striker played 88 minutes and laid an assist for the first goal as Ajax Amsterdam beat AZ Alkmaar 3-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday evening.
PATSON DAKA, ENOCK MWEPU AND SEKOU KOITA
It was a great weekend for the African trio as they all hit the target for RB Salzburg in a 3-0 victory against Hartberg.
Daka has scored 11 league goals and assisted another two while this was Enock Mwepu’s second goal in 13 league games played. Koita has had a better season than any Salzburg player having scored 12 goals and assisted four in the 14 games played.
The Zambian winger scored his 12th league goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough to help KV Oostende avoid a 2-1 defeat against Zulte-Waregem in the Belgian Pro League on Sunday afternoon.
MOHAMMED SALAH & SAID BENRAHMA
Liverpool got their second straight win in the English Premier League after romping to a 3-1 away win against West Ham United. Salah scored a brace before Georginio Wijnaldum sealed all three points with a 84th minute strike.
Algerian winger Said Benrahma played the whole game for West Ham.
DJENEPO, TRAORE & NAKAMBA
Bertrand Traore and Marvelous Nakamba got one over Moussa Djenepo with Aston Villa narrowly edging Southampton 1-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The win saw Villa move up to ninth spot on the log standings with 32 points from 19 games.
The Malian midfielder played another crucial 90 minutes for Brighton and Hove Albion as they got a big 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the league on Sunday night.
NICOLAS PEPE & THOMAS PARTEY
Both West Africans played 90 minutes for Arsenal as they played out to a 0-0 draw against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.
AYEW, BOLY & ZAHA
Ayew laid an assist for Eberechi Eze’s 60th minute strike as Crystal Palace defeated Wolves 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Zaha played the entire 90 minutes on the left wing, but the Ivorian could not add to his tally.
Willy Boly also played 90 minutes for Wolves.
YOUSSEEF EN-NESYRI & PAPAKOULI DIOP
En-Nesyri played the entire 90 minutes for Sevilla as they beat Eibar 2-0.
Senegalese midfielder Diop also lasted 90 minutes for Eibar.
RAMY BENSEBAINI & TAIWO AWONIYI
Bensebaini lasted the entire 90 minutes for Borussia Mönchengladbach while Nigerian striker Awoniyi lasted 79 minutes for Union Berlin as both sides took a point after a 1-1 draw.
The veteran winger lasted the 90 minutes as Parma lost 2-0 against Napoli on Sunday afternoon.
Balde started and got substituted in the second half, but could not help Sampdoria avoid a 2-0 defeat against Juventus.
Kessie was once again instrumental for AC Milan as they defeated Bologna to maintain their top spot in Serie A.
The Ivorian scored Milan’s second goal from the penalty spot as they won 2-1 away from home.
The Moroccan played the entire 90 minutes as Fiorentina drew 1-1 with Torino.
The Nigerian started and got substituted in the second half as FC Nantes lost 2-1 against AS Monaco
KADEWERE, EKAMBI, SLIMANI, CORNET & KALU
Ekambi scored a beautiful goal for Olympique Lyon as they beat Girondins Bordeaux 2-1 in Ligue 1.
Tino Kadewere started and got substituted in the second half for Islam Slimani while Cornet came in after 63 minutes for Ekambi.
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By Prince Sobayeni