AFS SERIE A PLAYER OF THE SEASON 2014/15
Africa Football Shop recognizes the efforts of the best African players in Italy with the AFS SERIE A AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE SEASON 2014/15.
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MOHAMED SALAH – Mohamed Salah’s impact since his January loan transfer to Fiorentina can’t be described as nothing short of sensational. Moving the opposite direction in the deal which took Colombian Juan Cuarado to Stamford Bridge, Salah helped Fiorentina to a 4th place finish in Serie A. Salah also scored crucial goals in the Coppa Italia and Europa League reaching the semi-finals of both competitions. With an option to extend his stay in Florence for another season, Salah’s sterling performances has alerted a host of bigger clubs who will try to tempt him away from The Viola.
FAOUZI GHOULAM – Ghoulam has quietly carved out a reputation for himself n Serie A since his move to Napoli in January 2014 from St Etienne. The Algerian was an ever present for Napoli in all competitions making a total of 39 appearances. Ghoulam scored his first international goal in Algeria’s 3–1 victory over South Africa in the 2015 AFCON in a season that the versatile left-footer impressed domestically and on the continent.
KHOUMA BABACAR – Babacar was part of the success story at Fiorentina this season and is recognised by Africa Football Shop as he’s nominated for the AFS Serie A African Player of the Season. Though the front-man wasn’t a constant starter, he contributed vital goals during the course of the season including that wonder goal against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League. Despite his season being cut short by injury at the end of April, Babacar can count the 2014/15 season as one of his best yet since making his debut at the age of 16 years in 2010.
OMAR EL KADDOURI – Another man slowly making a name for himself in Serie A is Moroccan El Kaddouri. On loan at Torino from Napoli, the midfielder has established himself as a consistent performer in a Toro side that finished 10th in the league. El Kaddouri scored four and made eight assists in 46 appearances this season making him the most consistent African player in Italy. His fine performances led to some appearances in the AFS Team of the Week on more than one occasion.
SEYDOU KEITA – The experienced Keita moved to Roma in June 2014 following a sterling career which has seen him win every competition in European club football. The 35-year-old soon commanded a starting place at the Stadio Olimpico as he made 36 appearances for the Rome based club. His performances in the Champions League particularly caught the eye and also helped Roma to 2nd place in Serie A along the way. With his future still undecided, Keita has done himself no harm with his performances even at the ripe age of 35.