ROUND-UP: Africans in Bundesliga – Week 4
The usual heated pre-match rumbling was replaced by a soft-hearted humane one as all 18 clubs in the German Bundesliga fashioned a way to accommodate refugees, this didn’t deter the competitiveness.
The African players, most coming from international assignment enjoyed mix fortunes but, sharpshooters Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Ujah were far from being charitable on the pitch.
Africa Football Shop’s German Bundesliga Correspondent Tolulope Olasoji reports.
Gideon Jung’s Hamburg SV were back to winning ways as they thrashed Ibrahima Traore’s utterly disappointing Borussia Monchengladbach away three-nil. Though Ghanaian youngster Jung was unable to make the matchday squad after picking up a knock on his calf, Traore – a 55 minute entrant – was unable to replicate his scoring form after he scored for Mali against Zimbabwe on international duties. The Foals are leading the table from behind after surprisingly losing all of their matches.
Cameroon international Marvin Matip was on from start to finish as Ingolstadt 04 held third-placed Wolfsburg to a commendable goalless draw. The newly promoted side have now gathered seven points from four games as they also occupy the ninth position.
Aubameyang’s double from the penalty spot ensured Thomas Tuchel a record and remarkable four out of four win as they defeated Salif Sane’s Hannover 96 4-2. The Gabon striker though has to be grateful to Hannover defender Felipe – apparently the worst debutant in the league’s history. Sane’s teammate conceded two penalties and on top put one past his goalkeeper. Well, Senegal defender Sane saw caution in the dying minutes of the game.
Bayern Munich came from behind to also get a record fourth straight win as they saw off Augsburg with a late Thomas Muller penalty. Bayern without Moroccan Mehdi Benatia, Augsburg still waiting upon Ghana defender Daniel Opare. Bayern are still ranked behind leaders Dortmund.
Serey Die couldn’t help propel his VfB Stuttgart side over Salomon Kalou’s Hertha Berlin as they got defeated 2-1. The Ivory Coast defensive midfielder was on from start to finish but saw yellow card in the process while his compatriot who couldn’t add to his two goals was hauled off in the 73rd minute.
The celebrated return of goal king Alex Meier for Eintracht Frankfurt didn’t mean the same for Constant Djakpa who has seen few playing time this season. The Meier-infested Frankfurt ran Cologne ragged as the bulky striker contributed three goals in his team’s 6-2 win over Koln. Djakpa was left on the bench throughout the match.
A brave scream at Bundesliga highest goalscorer and third time debutant for Werder Bremen was all Anthony Ujah needed to get an assist from Claudio Pizarro as the Nigerian led the fight back as they defeated Hoffenheim in a 3-1 away win. Ujah provided the assist for the first goal of the game before Hoffenheim equalized but were unable to hold their own in the dying moments of the game as Bremen got two past them. Defender Assani Lukminya also was a threat in the early moment of the game heading over Hoffenheim’s bar.
Cameroon defender Joel Matip scored the first goal of the game as Schalke 04 defeated Mainz 04 2-1. Compatriot and striker Eric Choupo-Moting fired blank in the encounter and was subbed-off in the 62nd minute while Matip got an 84th minute booking. Nigeria fair-skinned right back Leon Balogun was also on parade for the entire duration of the game but ended up on the losing side.