The European leagues kicked off in some countries last weekend and it was particularly a good weekend for some African stars.
These players, especially the offensive ones, were in goal scoring form.
They helped their clubs achieve positive results against their rivals and will be hoping to continue in such fine fettle this weekend.
The German Bundesliga begins this Friday, though the Spanish La Liga and the Serie A still have a week left before they kick off.
Of course there is a huge African presence in the major leagues in Europe and African football fans are keen to know how their exports perform every week.
Completesportsnigeria.com looks back at the African players who were in form last weekend for their European clubs and found their names in our ‘African Best XI in European Leagues’.
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Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama is the only top-rated African goalkeeper in the major European leagues that played last weekend.
Despite conceding a goal against PSG in a 1-0 defeat, Enyeama is expected to churn great performances in Ligue 1 this season.
For lack of competition this weekend, Enyeama takes the gloves for the opening weekend of games across Europe.
Nigerian defender Wilfred Ndidi was in action on Friday night when his Pro Belgian side Genk played a goalless draw against Chuks Aneke’s Zulte Waregem.
The Flying Eagles star at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup rarely put a foot wrong though was lucky not to have been adjudged to bring down an opponent in the penalty box as early as the 14th minute of the game.
West Ham United defeated Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday with Senegal’s Cheickou Kouyate scoring the first goal of the game when he nodded the ball past an off-form Petr Cech.
Kouyate is deployed in our African XI of the week in the defence and he has made a total of three tackles, two interceptions, made one blocked shot but did not commit any foul or made any clearances.
The Hammers’ victory was their first in the last seven meetings against the Gunners.
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Black Stars of Ghana left back Abdul Rahman Baba was in action last weekend as his German side Augsburg defeated lower division outfit, Elversberg 3-0 in the DFB Pokal tournament.
The defender who has reportedly agreed a deal to join Chelsea in the English Premier League played for 90 minutes and was strong in the tackle.
Southampton held Newcastle United to a 2-2 draw at Saint James’ Park on Sunday and Victor Wanyama was key in the Saints’ impressive outing.
The Kenyan midfielder made three interceptions and four clearances in the game.
Wanyama also surged forward a couple of times especially when his team went for corners.
African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure scored one goal in Man City’s 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.
Toure goals was a powerful shot from about 25 yards while what would have been his second was later awarded to David Silva.
Toure had 96.5% pass accuracy in the game and had 91 touches of the ball. He made one key pass and had two shots on target.
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The Ghana forward who left French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseilles to sign for Swansea City this summer makes our African Team of Week 1 after his impressive debut performance in the game against defending champions, Chelsea.
The Swans’ new buy scored a brilliant goal thus sending out a message that he will be a source of trouble for all defences.
The son of Ghana football legend Abedi Pele Ayew had 80% Pass Accuracy and had 44 touches of the ball in the game.
The 24-year-old Algerian midfielder was in fine form in Leicester City’s 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday.
Mahrez scored a brace which included a penalty in the game. He had 3 Shots on Target from a total of 6. Mahrez’s Pass Accuracy was 80%.
Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Jude Odion Ighalo became the outright leading scorer in England with 17 goals after finding the net during his side’s 2-2 draw at Everton on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Ighalo came off the bench in the 75th minute of the game in place of Jurado to score Watford’s second goal of the game, a composed finish that seemed to have won it for his team before Everton equalised.
Ivorian striker Arouna Kone like Odion came off the bench in Everton’s 2-2 draw against Watford.
Kone who came on in the 62nd minute of the game had 17 touches of the ball and 91.7% Pass Accuracy.
Super Eagles striker Anthony Ujah was one of the African, and particularly Nigerian stars that scored last weekend.
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