AFS Team of the Week 18.02.14
It has been another fine week for African players, and the very best are celebrated here in the AFS Team of the Week, crafted and compiled by Editor-in-Chief Ed Dove .
With a reduced schedule in England this weekend, due to the FA Cup, the African players based in the UK are not heavily represented. Lacina Traore, despite scoring only minutes into his Everton debut, hasn’t made the cut as we didn’t feel his performance throughout the remainder of the match was anything to write home about.
However, here at AFS we are confident that the towering Everton striker will find his way into this feature over the coming weeks.
Reading midfielder and AFS Championship Columnist Hope Akpan has, however, made the team. The Nigerian looks to have completely overcome the injury misfortune that affected him during the early stages of the season and was in imperious form as the Royals managed a spectacular 3-1 victory away at promotion rivals QPR.
You can find the latest on Akpan’s exploits in the SkyBet Championship via his regular column his regular column with Africa Football Shop.
As usual, Ligue 1 is well-represented in our Team of the Week. Sochaux, managed by former Zambia coach Herve Renard, picked up an invaluable three points in their battle to stay in the top flight. Chipolopolo defender Stoppila Sunzu, who became a continental champion under Renard back in 2012, was the star of the show as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Guingamp.
Can Sunzu and his team-mates do enough over the coming months to steer the Montbeliard club away from relegation?
German minnows Eintracht Braunschweig had a magnificent weekend, scoring four to down HSV Hamburg 4-2. Two African players were among the team’s stars during the victory; Congolese forward Dominick Kumbela was the undisputed star, bagging a hat-trick, but he was ably supported by Karim Bellarabi, the former Germany youth international who has a Moroccan mother and a Ghanaian father.
AFS Team of the Week regulars Kwadwo Asamoah, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Serge Aurier were also recognised, once again, for their sterling performances—their consistency will likely serve them well when the updated AFS Top 20 is revealed at the end of the month.