As the year 2015 comes to an end, most European leagues played their last games of the year last weekend. Some still have one more round of fixtures to play before the new year is ushered in.
Completesportsnigeria.com’s IZUCHUKWU OKOSI presents the outstanding African football stars over the past weekend…
Cameroon international Idris Kameni was in inspirational form and was one of the best players on parade as Malaga defeated Atletico Madrid on Sunday at the Estadio Rosaleda.
The keeper had 43 touches of the ball and distributed at the rate of 63.6%. It was his 16th La Liga game of the season. Kameni has been in goal for 1,440 minutes this season. It was his fifth clean sheet of the 2015/2016season. The keeper has conceded 14 times this season.
MOUSTAPHA BAYAL SALL
Senegalese defender Moustapha Bayal Sall was impressive in Saint Etienne’s 1-0 home win against high flying Angers at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
The game was the 12th of the season for the Saint Etienne central defender. He made three defensive tackles, one interception and five clearances in the game.
Sall has played a total of 987 minutes of club football this season, scored once and yellow-carded five times, two of the bookings resulting to a red card (two yellows).
Sall had 63 touches of the ball and 90.3% pass accuracy. The win lifted Saint Etienne to the 6th place in the Ligue 1 table while Angers dropped to the 3rd place.
Cote d’ Ivoire’s Serge Aurier was in action in PSG’s 3-0 thrashing of Caen on Friday. Aurier played for 90 minutes in the game which was his 13th of the season. He was yellow-carded in the 83rd minute, his seventh of the season.
Algerian international Faouzi Ghoulam was in action for Napoli in their 3-1 away win against Atalanta at the Atleti Azzurri. Ghoulam made three tackles, one interception and four clearances in his 14th Serie A game of the season. He has played a total of 1,279 minutes of club football this season.
Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkolou was yellow-carded in the 12th minute of Olympique Marseille’s game against Bordeaux on Sunday.
However the experienced centre back had a good game despite getting into the referee’s books. He made a tackle, two interceptions and five clearances. Nkolou blocked one shot and completed 71 passes.
Cameroon international Stephane Mbia scored one of the goals for his Turkish Lig 1 side, Trabzonspor, in their 3-0 home win against Antalyaspor on Saturday.
Mbia struck in the 90th minute of the game which was his second of the season. The game was his 15th this term. He made one key pass and had one shot on target.
The former QPR of England star was booked in the game which was his fifth of the season. He had 51 touches of the ball. Defensively, the midfielder made two tackles, one interception and one clearance.
African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure may have lost with Manchester City on Monday night as the Citizens were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates but he had a good individual performance.
Toure scored a beautiful curler in the 82nd minute. The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winner collected a pass from former Gunner, Bacary Sagna, at the edge of the Arsenal box and nonchallantly bent the ball with Petr Cech rooted to the same spot.
Toure had 106 touches of the ball. He completed 90 of his passes which were 92.2% accurate. He made two crosses and won one aerial duel. The goal was his third of the season in 15 EPL appearances.
PAPE ALIOUNE NDIAYE
Senegalese midfielder Pape Alioune Ndiaye scored one goal and assisted another in Osmanlispor’s 2-3 home defeat to Besiktas on Monday night.
Ndiaye’s performance was splendid throughout the duration of the game. The midfielder made four key passes, had two of his four shots on target and won two aerial duels.
Ndiaye had 51 touches of the ball and completed 37 of his passes which were 73% accurate. He has now played a total of 1,440 minutes of club football in 16 Tukish Lig games this season.
Desert Foxes of Algeria midfield star Riyad Mahrez scored a brace albeit through penalties as Leicester City continued their wonderful Barclays Premier League run as league leaders this season on Saturday with a 3-2 away win against Everton at Goodison Park.
Mahrez scored in the 27th and 65th minutes of the game to take his goal tally to in the season to 13 in 15 EPL appearances (he has seven assists to his credit). The north African who will be one of the most wanted stars in either the winter or summer transfer windows has played a total of 1,297 minutes in those 15 games.
The midfielder completed 18 of his passes which was 61.1% accurate. Defensively he made three interceptions and two clearances.
Former Super Eagles striker Bartholomew Ogbeche continued his blistering form for Cambuur in the Dutch Eredevisie last weekend when he scored a brace in his club’s 4-1 win against Excelsior.
Ogbeche scored in the 34th and 71st minutes of the game. The Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup star was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award for his impressive display in the game.
Ogbeche takes up one of the two attacking spots in the latest African Team of the Week.
The Nigerian who was replaced by Martijn Barto on the dot of 90 minutes has now scored nine goals this season. The Man-of-the-Match award was his second of the season.
Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Jude Odion Ighalo grabbed a brace on Sunday in Watford’s 3-0 drubbing of Liverpool at Vicarage Road to take his tally to 12 Premier League goals this season.
The Hornets’ top scorer has now extended his goals for the 2015 calendar year to 28. He had 33 touches of the ball and 53.3% pass accuracy in the match. The star of the game against the Reds forms a twin strike force with his fellow Nigerian, Ogbeche.