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Mikel, Ikeme, Mahrez, Eto’o In African Team Of The Week

Completesportsnigeria.com's IZUCHUKWU OKOSI presents the African Team of the Week consisting of players from the continent who were in form and instrumental in their clubs' league games in Europe over the weekend.

GOAL
CARL IKEME
Super Eagles of Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme kept his ninth clean sheet on Saturday in Wolverhampton's 0-0 away draw against Reading.

It was his 18th game of the season for Wolves this season. He takes up the position of the goalkeeper in the African Team of the Week. 

DEFENCE

MOUSTAPHA BAYAL SALL
Senegalese defender Moustapha Sall had a great game on Sunday in Saint-Etienne's 4-1 away win against Bordeaux at the Stade Bordeaux Atlantique.

The 30-year-old centre-back who is the skipper of the team played his 18th Ligue 1 game of the season. 

Sall made three defensive tackles, two interceptions and seven clearances. He blocked two shots in the game. He made two key passes and 10 long balls from his position into the opposition half, with just four on target. He also had one shot on target.

MOLLA WAGUE
Mali defender Molla Wague was the Man-of-the-Match in Udinese's 1-1 away draw against AC Milan at the Guiseppe Meazza on Sunday. 

Wague, playing his 16th Serie A game of the season, made five defensive tackles, eight interceptions and 10 clearances to pip his central defensive partner, Brazil's Felipe to the match's best player prize. 

Wague has now played 1,379 minutes of club football this season. 

        
ABDELHAMID EL KAOUTARI
Morrocoan defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari was one of Reims' best players as they defeated home side Caen 2-0 on Saturday at the Stade Michel d'Ornano.

El Kaoudari made one defensive tackle, five interceptions and five clearances in the game and was in action for all 90 minutes.

The 25-year-old defender who is primarily a centre back played in a three-man defensive unit as the club went for a 3-5-2 formation. 

DJIBRIL SIDIBE
Young French-born Malian defender, Lille's Djibril Sidibe, was the Man-of-the-Match in Lille's 1-1 draw at home against Rennes. 

The game was his 24th of the season in the Ligue 1.  He was in action for 90 minutes.

MIDFIELD
MIKEL OBI
Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi had a good game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United. 

The midfielder who has been playing regularly under Guus Hiddink with commendable performances to boot screened the Chelsea defence alongside Nemanja Matic and with great efficiency. 

Mikel made three tackles, two interceptions and one clearance on Sunday which was his 14th Premier League match this season. He committed one foul. Mikel completed 40 of his passes which were 87.5%. 

The Eagles star made a cross and had three of his five long balls accurate. He was also making runs into the opposition half, a far cry from the Jose Mourinho days in charge of the outgoing champions.
 

RIYAD MAHREZ
Algerian international Riyad Mahrez was the standout player for Leicester City as they defeated Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday at the Etihad to boost their Premier League title ambitions. 

He capped his brilliant display with a goal, the second of the afternoon for the Foxes and it was a superb strike which was his 14th of the season in the Premier League in 24 matches. He has played 1,972 minutes of club football this season.

Mahrez completed 15 of his passes, one of them key and he also weighed in with two crosses. 

M'BAYE NIANG
Senegalese striker M'baye Niang scored his third successive goal for AC Milan on Sunday as they were held by Udinese at the Guiseppe Meazza to a 1-1 draw.

The goal was his fifth of the season for his club. He made one key pass and completed 25 of his passes. The forward made nine crosses in the game.

Niang played for 61 minutes in the game. He has started 20 of the 21 matches for the French club and played a total of 1,705 minutes of club football so far. 

ATTACK

SAMUEL ETO'O
Former African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o scored one and assisted another which was scored by fellow Cameroonian John Makoun as Antalyaspor defeated Fenerbahce 4-2 at the Antalayaspor Stadium on Friday. 

The goal was his 14th of the season in the Turkish top flight after 20 games. The former Indomitable Lions striker was awarded the Man-of-the-Match Award for his game-winning performance. 

Eto'o had three of his four shots on target and made five key passes. The striker won one aerial duel and completed 27 of his passes.

      
THIEVY BIFOUMA
Congolese striker Thievy Bifouma scored one of Reims' goals in their 2-0 away win against Caen at the Stade Michel d'Ornano on Saturday.

Bifouma scored in the 20th minute of the game but was substituted in the 59th minute. It was his third game of the season. 

                
FLOYD AYITE
Togo international striker Floyd Ayite scored a brace on Saturday to help lift his team, Bastia, to the 14th place in the Ligue 1. 

The game ended 2-0 and those strikes took Ayite's goals to six this season in 21 Ligue 1 matches.

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