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ROUND-UP: Africans in the Football League

It was a mixed weekend for Africans across the Football League, as they played their last round of fixtures for October.

Chuba Akpom assisted Ahmed Elmohamady’s 19th-minute strike to give Hull City the lead away to MK Dons, before seeing a shot of his own saved moments later. Akpom was subsequently replaced on 70 minutes by Mohamed Diame, who netted in the final minute of the game to seal a 2-0 away victory against the struggling Dons.

After a couple of first-half chances for Albert Adomah, he finally got on the score sheet for Middlesbrough in the second-half with Boro’s second goal of the game doubling their lead, thanks to an assist from Emilio Nsue, as they went on to win 3-0 at home to Charlton.

Jacques Maghoma’s Birmingham City lost their bragging rights to local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a 2-0 home defeat. However, it was Sheyi Ojo who curled in a late second for Wolves, with six minutes remaining.

Jonathan Kodjia scored a 90th-minute conciliation goal, as his Bristol City were well defeated 4-1 at home to Fulham.

Sammy Ameobi lacked the composure to convert his two chances in a goalless draw for Cardiff away to Ipswich Town.

Reece Wabara was unable to stop his Barnsley side from losing 2-0 away to Scunthorpe and falling to third from bottom in the table.

In League One, Everton loanee Francisco Junior scored a final-minute winner to snatch Wigan a late three points at home to Swindon Town, while Jonathan Obika replaced fellow Nigerian Nicky Ajose early in the second half for Swindon.

Into League Two, Adebayo Azeez had the chance to give AFC Wimbledon a third goal at home to Hartlepool in their 2-0 victory, but was replaced by Adebayo Akifenwa shortly afterwards. Kudus Oyenuga replaced Magnus Okuonghae due to injury, with Oyenuga conceding a penalty which, fortunately for the forward, was missed.

John Akinde missed some good first-half chances to give Barnet the lead, before an own goal set them on the way to a 2-0 home victory over Exeter City.

Hiram Boateng was replaced early in the second-half due to injury for Plymouth, as they beat Morecambe 2-0.

Armand Gnanduillet and Dipo Akinyemi couldn’t stop Stevenage being thrashed on their home ground, losing 5-1 to high-flying Oxford United.

AFS STAR MAN – Francisco Junior

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