ROUND-UP: Africans in the EPL – Week 7
Crucial goals and late winners were the name of the game this week in the EPL from the African contingent with Mame Biram Diouf grabbing the headlines.
Africa Football Shop‘s English Premier League correspondent, Ravi Pahalwani reports all the action.
Match day seven began at White Hart Lane where Spurs took on Manchester City. Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure started for Manchester City in an advanced position in the absence of David Silva, providing an assist for the first goal of the game before being subbed off early in the second half due to injury. Cameroon forward Clinton N’jie made his first appearance for Spurs since his move from Lyon, coming on as a sub late in the second half, the match ended 4-1 in favour of the home side.
Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez could not inspire a comeback this time for Leicester City as they were beaten comprehensively by Arsenal 5-2 at the King Power Stadium. Ghana’s Jeffery Schlupp also featured for the home side testing opposition goalkeeper Petr Cech once in the first half but having a rather poor game then onwards.
Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama and Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane both featured in a 3-1 win for Southampton against Swansea, the latter scoring the goal that sealed the win for the home side. Last month’s EPL player of the month, Ghana’s Andre Ayew had a relatively poor game by his standards as he barely had a glimpse on goal.
We move to the Britannia Stadium where Stoke City took on Bournemouth which saw Senegal Striker Mame Biram Diouf scored a late goal to give Stoke all three points helping the Potters out of the relegation zone. Benin forward Rudy Gestede scored a brace but ended up on the losing side at Anfield with the game ending 3-2 in favour of Liverpool.
DR Congo defender Chancel Mbemba helped Newcastle survive a second half Chelsea onslaught to hold on for an exciting 2-2 draw at St James Park. Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel did not feature for the blues.
Senegal duo of Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho both netted for West Ham in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Upton Park against Norwich City to remain third in the latest league standings.
Watford welcomed dangerous Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road with Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo looking to build on his great early season form, but this was not to be. The African contingent at Crystal Palace which included Congolese midfielder Yannick Bolasie, Malian forward Bakary Sako and Senegalese defender Pape Souare came out victorious with a solitary 1-0 win.
The Monday night game saw Everton come from two goals behind to win the game 3-2 with a goal from Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone and a brace from Romelu Lukaku to take Everton up to fifth place in the league.