Many African players were brilliant for their European clubs this past
weekend. Completesportsnigeria.com’ s IZUCKUKWU OKOSI here presents the African stars who made the greatest impact for their sides in Europe over the last three days.
Cameroon’s Idris Kameni was impressive in Malaga’s game against Getafe on Friday though he could do nothing to prevent his club going down to a second minute goal by the hosts.
After conceding that goal though, Kameni was impressive throughout the game. He had 34 touches of the ball and made one footed clearance in the game.
Cameroon’s right back Nyom was impressive in Watford’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Nyom made four tackles, two interceptions, six clearances, blocked one shot and committed one tackle.
Cote d’ Ivoire left-back Arthur Boka made two interceptions and one clearance in Malaga’s 1-0 defeat against Getafe on Friday. The defender made one successful dribble, was fouled twice and was flagged offside once in the game. His pass accuracy was 75%, eleven lower than he had last week when it was 86.1%.
Super Eagles of Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo makes our team of the week. The central defender made one tackle, three interceptions, four clearances, had one blocked shot and committed one foul that culminated in a yellow card in Kasimpasa’s 3-0 away win over Raheem Lawal’s Eskisehirspor on Saturday.
Indomitable Lions of Cameroon central defender Nikolas N’Koulou was impressive in Olympique Marseille’s 1-1 draw at home against Olympique Lyon at Stade Valedrome on Sunday. The defender made two tackles, four interceptions, five clearances, didn’t block a shot but committed one foul. N’ Koulou had 84.3% pass accuracy, won three aerial tackles and had 63 touches of the ball.
Senegal’s Stephane Badji was outstanding on Friday in Istanbul Basaksehir’s 2-0 home win over Akhisar Beledisyespor. The defensive midfielder makes our team of the week following a good game over the weekend. The Teranga Lion made three tackles, seven interceptions, one clearance, and committed four tackles.
Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez scored Leicester City’s first goal through a penalty in their 2-2 draw against Stoke City at the Britania Stadium. The goal was the fifth of the season for the French-born midfielder who is adept at playing from the wings. He however received his first yellow card of the season. Mahrez played two shots and they were both on target. He made three key passes and had 69.2% pass accuracy and 55 touches of the ball.
Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa was brilliant in CSKA Moscow’s 6-4 away win over Mordovia Saransk on Sunday. The Super Eagles star grabbed a brace and assisted one of his club’s goals in the ten-goal thriller. The strikes now take the speedster’s goals to five this season. Musa who was the star of the game had three of his four shots on target. He made three key passes and had 88.6% pass accuracy. Musa had 67 touches of the ball.
Nigeria’s Victor Moses stars in our team of the week after his wonderful performance in West Ham United’s 2-1 away win over EPL leaders Manchester City on Saturday.
Moses’ sixth minute goal was the first goal to be conceded by Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the league this season. The win catapulted the Hammers to third place in the Barclays Premier League table after last weekend’s games in the English top flight. Moses had 62.5% pass accuracy and 17 touches of the ball.
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah was the Man of the Match on Sunday in AS Roma’s 2-2 home draw against Sassuolo at the Stadio Olimpico. The ‘Egyptian Messi’ played from the right side of the Giallorossi attack and often cut into the middle with devastating effect.
Salah played a total of six shots, four of which were on target. The former Basel forward made two key passes and had 75.6% pass accuracy. He had 69 touches of the ball in the game.
Super Eagles striker Jude Odion Ighalo scored a brace on Saturday to help Watford defeat Newcastle United 2-1 away at the St James’ Park.
Odion has now scored four goals in the EPL this season. Ighalo was Man of the Match in the game. The 10th and 28th minutes goals have now taken his tally to 20 in 2015, the most by any player in all four tiers of the English game.
Three of Ighalo’s five shots were target. The striker who has been invited for Nigeria’s friendlies against Congo and Cameroon in October had 66.7% pass accuracy and made 44 touches of the ball.