ROUND-UP: Africans in Bundesliga – Week 5
The shocker of Bundesliga match day five was served off-field as Ibrahima Traore’s coach Lucien Favre resigned as the head coach at Borrusia Monchengladbach.
Last season’s Bundesliga best gaffer was left with no option with his, now ex-team swimming against the league’s tide as opposed to last season.
However, there was not so much African input as the goals dried up a bit; their play? Africa Football Shop’s German Bundesliga correspondent Tolulope Olasoji reports.
Daniel Opare’s Augsburg picked up their first maximum point at home against Salif Sane’s Hannover 96. Although, the Ghana international was unavailable for selection due to an injury he picked after his move from FC Porto, his African counterpart Senegal defender Sane is yet to taste victory with his team sitting two places off the bottom spot with a point.
With Gabon hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spearheading the Borrusia Dortmund attack, Thomas Tuchel can boast of a Bundesliga record five out of five – season opener – win. The Gabonese however, continued his goalscoring form by screwing the final nail in the coffin after he converted from the penalty spot in the 74th minute to round-up a 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen thus, maintaining his team’s lead at the top of the log.
Starlet Leroy Sane’s 53rd minute goal against VfB Stuttgart gave all three points to Schalke 04 who have in their ranks two Cameroon internationals namely defender Joel Matip and attacker Eric Choupo-Moting. Ivorian Serey Die was on for the entire duration of his team’s loss. His team – Stuttgart, have also not won any of their five opening games.
Bayern Munich made sure they kept themselves in touching distance with league leaders Dortmund as well as breaking the same record – the Bavarians have also won all their five opening games. They ensured that by defeating newly promoted Darmstadt 98 by a resounding 3-0, although, the African representative in Bavaria, Algeria Mehdi Benatia was unable to witness this wondrous feat as he’s yet to return from injury.
Ingolstadt 04’s Marvin Matip enjoyed yet another surprise away victory over 10-man Werder Bremen.Anthony Ujah was unable to break the deadlock and Assani Lukminya unable to prevent a Moritz Hartmann stoppage time goal. Cameroon international Matip played full throttle as did Ujah and Lukminya for Bremen but the latter was cautioned in the 66th minute.
Mali international Ibrahima Traore will now have to get instructions from Andre Schubert – promoted from Gladgach’s U-23 team – who replaced Lucien Favre after the team’s woes were compounded by a one-nil defeat at FC Cologne. The winger lasted just 71 minutes of Favre’s last match in charge and they still lead the table from behind.
Ghanaian Gideon Jung was absent for Hamburg SV home draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. Hamburg are placed 10th on the log with seven points from five games. Meanwhile, Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou didn’t see any action as Hertha Berlin suffered an away loss at Wolfsburg. The forward has only two goals in this current campaign.
Nigeria right back Leon Balogun was left on the bench as his Yunus Malli-inspired Mainz defeated Hoffeinheim three goals to one. The German U-21 attacking midfielder scored an hattrick to help propel Mainz to victory. Mainz are seventh with nine points from five matches.