Yaya Toure and Riyad Mahrez were among the top five African performers this past weekend, but it was a teammate of South Africa’s Bongani Zungu who stole the show, according to WhoScored.com.
Wilfried Ndidi [7.87]
The 20-year-old, who joined Leicester City from Genk in January, has not only excelled since his arrival, but his club now faces a real fight to keep hold of his services. While his defensive work has been outstanding, Ndidi has also shown a keen eye for goal recently. The Nigerian opened the scoring in the Foxes’ 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend with what was his second goal in Leicester’s past three home league matches.
Yaya Toure [8.05]
Since being called back from the cold in November, Yaya Toure has established himself as a key player for Pep Guardiola. Manchester City struggled for control in their shock 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough last weekend, a match the Ivorian did not feature in, but there were no such problems in their 5-0 hammering of Crystal Palace on Saturday. Toure completed 101 passes in a vintage display, while Palace, by contrast, only completed 189 as a team.
Faouzi Ghoulam [8.07]
The Algerian left back impressed in Napoli’s 3-1 win over Cagliari on Saturday, setting up two goals for his teammates. Ghoulam has now provided as many assists in Serie A this season as he managed in his first three league campaigns with Napoli combined (six).
Riyad Mahrez [8.2]
Last season’s PFA Player of the Year is one of several Leicester players who have struggled to rediscover the form they showed during the Foxes’ Premier League-winning campaign, but Mahrez’s performance this weekend was a reminder of last season’s accomplishments. The Algerian was a constant menace to Watford, scoring his sixth of the season to help lift Leicester into the top half of the table.
South Africa’s Bongani Zungu has hogged the headlines during Vitoria Guimaraes’ superb season, but it’s another African in their ranks, Konan, who excelled this weekend. The 21-year-old left back was excellent in Vitoria’s 1-0 win over Arouca on Sunday, finishing the weekend’s action as the top African performer in Europe’s top six leagues. The Ivorian managed three dribbles and completed three of the four crosses he attempted. All three of those created a goalscoring opportunity, while he also helped start attacks with four interceptions – a match high.
Chelsea: Michael Essien back!
Michael Essien has returned to his former club, Chelsea this week. Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi met the Ghanaian legend at Cobham’s training ground on Wednesday. From 2005 to 2014, Michael Essien has worn the colors of Chelsea. The 34-year-old Ghanaian has played 256 games with the Blues for 24 goals scored. The midfielder has won several trophies including the Champions League and twice the Premier League. The Ghanaian is considered one of the legends of the club. And inevitably, his name still resonates at the Stamford Bridge. This week, the current Persib Bandung player made a courtesy visit to his former club. At the training center, he met the staff and the players. The Belgian Michy Batshuayi, happy with this meeting, was photographed with international international and social networks.
De 2005 à 2014, Michael Essien a porté les couleurs de Chelsea. Le ghanéen âgé de 34 ans a participé à 256 matchs avec les Blues pour 24 buts marqués. Le milieu de terrain a remporté plusieurs trophées dont la Ligue des Champions et deux fois la Premier League. Le ghanéen est considéré comme l’une des légendes du club. Et forcément, son nom résonne encore au Stamford Bridge.
Cette semaine, l’actuel joueur de Persib Bandung a fait une visite de courtoisie dans son ancien club. Au centre d’entraînement, il a rencontré le personnel et les joueurs. Le Belge Michy Batshuayi, heureux de cette rencontre, s’est fait photographier avec l’international international et les réseaux sociaux.
Samuel Eto’o offers a million and a half to every migrant
He made the football star strong. He made his heart speak. He offered each Cameroonian citizen out of the hell of Libya the sum of one million five hundred thousand CFA francs. Samuel Eto’o, like other stars, had deplored the inhuman treatment inflicted on candidates for illegal immigration to Libya. He was ready to rent a plane to pick them up. The government has done so, the footballer has opted for an envelope allowing them to settle. Nice gesture.
2018 World Cup: CAF flies to the rescue of qualified nations!
As a prelude to the next World Cup, the Executive Committee of the African Football Confederation (CAF) has set up a commission to study the type of support that CAF could provide to the five African representatives qualified for the competition. 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, the African body said on Monday.
Chaired by the Ghanaian Kwesi Nyantaky, the said Commission will hold its first meeting on the sidelines of the draw for the World Cup scheduled for December 1 in Moscow. The commission also includes the Zambian Kalusha Bwalya as well as the presidents of the federations of Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia (African countries qualified for the world).
It should be recalled that, as one of the accompanying measures, the CAF Executive Committee accepted the complaint of the President of the Nigerian Football Federation to postpone the qualifying matches for the next edition of the African Cup of Nations. Nation that should be held in March 2018.
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