AFS TOTW 11.03.14
In this edition of the Africa Football Shop Team of the Week Editor Ed Dove celebrates the finest African talent from the weekend’s games.
Many of the continent’s stars made crucial impacts in their side’s matches and some of the key heroes are recognised below.
For the position of goalkeeper, we couldn’t look too much further than Vincent Enyeama. Many African stars looked listless during the mid-week friendly internationals; Cameroon were shredded by Portugal, Ghana struggled to impose themselves on Montenegro and the Cote d’Ivoire needed some late Didier Drogba inspiration to down Belgium.
Nigeria weren’t exceptional against Mexico where, despite breaking with purpose, often lost their way as they approached the opposition goal. The Super Eagles stoppers Enyeama and Austin Ejide stole the show with a collection of awesome saves.
Enyeama was particularly outstanding and also kept a clean sheet at the weekend against Montpellier.
Many of you advocated Samuel Eto’o for inclusion in this week’s Team of the Week following his outstanding display against Tottenham Hotspur in Chelsea’s 4-0 victory.
However, we felt there were strikers more worthy than Eto’o, who was helped by some abysmal Spurs defending and some occasionally generous refereeing.
Elsewhere, Seydou Doumbia scored a brace as CSKA Moscow went down 4-2 to Dynamo Moscow in a capital derby, Stefano Okaka continued his re-emergence with a goal and a Man of the Match display against Livorno, while Wissam Ben Yedder completed a stunning Toulouse come-back by scoring an 88th minute winner in a remarkable 3-2 victory over Stade Reims.
Serge Aurier, a genuine favourite of the team here at Africa Football Shop, once again made the Team of the Week, having scored in the 75th minute to instigate Le TFC’s comeback.
Serie A is represented by Kwadwo Asamoah who scored and received the Man of the Match award against Juventus, while a mention must go to Fegor Ogude who bagged a brace as Amkar Perm devastated Volga 5-1. To put this into context, Ogude only scored six times in 51 appearances for his previous club, Valerenga.
Could the central midfielder be on course to secure a return to the national team set-up in time for the 2014 World Cup.