ROUND-UP: Africans in the Football League
The Championship saw two brothers’ clubs come face to face this weekend, while it was a African-packed game at Elland Road between Leeds United and Hull City.
Leagues One and Two continued their FA Cup campaigns this weekend, meaning the focus was solely on the Championship.
Albert Adomah’s cross flew kindly into the path of the Ghanaian’s Middlesbrough teammate Christian Stuani to head the visitors in front in the second half away to Ipswich Town. Emilio Nsue had assisted Adomah’s first-half strike, which was subsequently blocked, before Adomah was denied again late on as Boro temporarily moved top of the table with a 2-0 victory on Friday night.
Leeds’ Tom Adeyemi doubled the lead for the hosts and scored his first goal for the club, reacting quickly to a blocked shot to open up a 2-0 gap against Hull City. The 24-year-old was impressive for the hosts, while Ahmed Elmohamady met a cross early in the second half to halve the deficit. The Egyptian thought he had stolen a point for the Tigers late on with another header, which narrowly went wide. Mohamed Diame forced Leeds’ goalkeeper Marco Silvestri into a save in the second half and was prominent throughout the match, while Chuba Akpom wasted the perfect opportunity to steal a point after 89 minutes, heading wide, as Leeds won 2-1.
It was a day to remember for the Ameobi brothers, as their sides faced each other, with Shola Ameobi’s Bolton Wanderers hosting Sammy Ameobi’s Cardiff City. However, they were not to come face to face as Shola was replaced by Emile Heskey for Bolton on 70 minutes, with Sammy entering the field 15 minutes later. It was to be younger brother Sammy who came out on top, with Cardiff going ahead after 80 minutes earning a 3-2 victory for the visitors.
After Huddersfield had taken a first-minute lead away to Birmingham, Demarai Gray saw an audacious long-range effort saved after 14 minutes, but couldn’t find the goal the home side desperately needed. Jacques Maghoma and Viv Solomon-Otabor were introduced with half an hour remaining, with the former having an added time effort go narrowly wide, but both failed to make an impact for the Blues, as they suffered a 2-0 home defeat to the Terriers.