In this inaugural feature, Africa Football Shop’s Editor-in-Chief Ed Dove presents his Team of the Week.
This is the first in a weekly series that aims to present the Best XI of African performers over the previous seven days. We consider all of the world’s leagues and scour the globe to discover the most in-form Africans at any one time.
Is there anyone we have missed? Did someone impress you this week but hasn’t made our Team? Comment below and let us know…
Of the team chosen this week, it is noticeable that three of the eleven are not yet declared for African nations.
Gueida Fofana, Mehdi Zeffane and Benjamin Mendy are among the many stars of the diaspora to feature in Ligue 1. Fofana and Mendy have represented France at youth level but all three, despite being born in l’Hexagone, are of African origin; Fofana from Mali, Mendy from Senegal and Zeffane from Algeria.
Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche deserves a special mention, for enjoying a scoring debut for Dutch side SC Cambuur. He also set-up Elvis Manu for the opener in his new club’s 3-1 victory over Heerenveen.
Mame Biram Diouf also makes my team, having set-up two goals in Hannover’s 3-1 triumph over local rivals Wolfsburg. While Diouf has been heavily linked to a switch to Premier League side Cardiff City during the transfer window, Die Roten now appear confident of keeping their man.
The Ivorian trio of Gervinho, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou also find a spot in the African XI as they continue their fine seasons in Italy, England and France respectively.
Join us again next week to see who finds a spot in this elite selection.