AFS Team of the Week 27.03.14
Coming after two rounds of fixtures—including the midweek Premier League games—the Africa Football Shop Team of the Week arrives a little later than usual.
There has been no drop-off in the quality though, with African players from across Europe’s major leagues celebrated in our elite selection this week.
Hull City may have lost their mid-week tussle with West Ham United, but the Tigers’ fine season continued over the weekend with a convincing 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion.
Sierra Leonean pair Curtis Davies and Liam Rosenior were once again in outstanding form for Steve Bruce’s men, adding another victory to a fine campaign. Rosenior, as pointed out by BBC Sport, hasn’t been a major goal-scorer over the years (in fact he has scored only twice in 306 league games since leaving Fulham in November 2003) but he managed to open the scoring for the home side just after the half-hour mark with a confident headed goal.
As if this wasn’t contribution enough, Rosenior also cleared off the line from a Victor Anichebe effort.
Davies, whose solid defensive displays this season have led to calls for an England call-up, once again contributed to a clean sheet, but also managed to set-up Shane Long for Hull’s second.
Ivorian pair Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony also took up places within our African XI after their goal-scoring performances.
Over in France, a remarkable relegation battle between Valenciennes and Ajaccio featured two African goal-scorers. Majeed Waris twice gave the home side the lead, continuing his excellent recent vein of form. With three minutes remaining Les Atheniens led 2-1, however, Ajaccio’s young Malian player, Issa Baradji, making his first-ever start, found the net not once, but twice.
A star was born in Corsica, but even Baradji’s miraculous efforts may not be enough to save the islanders, who are 13 points off Evian in 17th.