ROUND-UP: Africans in La Liga – Week 7
La Liga continued this weekend with over 10 players in action and enduring contrasting fortunes with their respective clubs.
Moroccan attacking midfielder Faycal Fajr was the only player to have been on target, scoring to help Deportivo La Coruna draw 1-1 with Granada away from home. Granada featured Youssef El-Arabi and Isaac Success, whereas the latter’s compatriot Uche Agbo monitored proceedings from the host’s bench.
Malaga used home advantage to boast an impressive 3-1 victory over Real Sociedad. Veteran Cameroonian goalkeeper Carlos Kameni assisted the second of Malaga’s three goals. Aduane Tighadouini was brought on by Malaga coach Javi Gracia to supervise the closing stages of the game. Nordin Amrabat and Arthur Boka were sidelined because of suspension and injury respectively.
Also Mubarak Wakaso lasted the entire match for Las Palmas’ 2-0 defeat at home to Eibar. However another Ghanaian player Thomas Partey was not picked by coach Diego Simeone for Atletico Madrid’s clash with Real Madrid, which ended 1-1.
However, Spanish born Ghanaian prodigy Iñaki Williams returned from injury to help Athletic Bilbao record a comprehensive 3-1 win over Sofiane Feghouli’s Valencia
Alhassane Bangoura and Manucho, alongside their teammates could not prevent Rayo Vallecano from suffering a disappointing 2-0 loss at home to Real Betis who had Alfred N’Diaye in their first eleven.
Nabil Ghilas came off the bench to play a key role in Levante’s 1-0 home victory over Villarreal, Zouhair Feddal keeping his place at heart of winners defence. Mozambique’s Simão Junior saw 90 minutes for the home team. The defeat was Villarreal’s first this season and it left Eric Bailly, who was the only African representative for the Yellow Submarine on the night, as Cèdric Bakambu missed the trip due injury.
Celta Vigo were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Getafe. Clement Madinda and Bernard Mensah were unused by Celta and Getafe respectively. However Mehdi Lacen could only watch proceedings from the stands, having not recovered from a knee injury.