AFS Team of the Week 25.02.14
It has been another fine seven days for African players, and competition was intense for this edition of the AFS Team of the Week. Africa Football Shop Editor-in-Chief Ed Dove presents his Best XI of the week’s African competitors below:
The French top flight, Ligue 1, is heavily featured in this AFS Team of the Week. Due to the high concentration of African players, or those of African origin, in the division, it is often well represented in this segment, but this week, no fewer than seven French-based players have made the cut.
Among those is Majeed Waris, who made L’Equipe’s Team of the Weekend following a stunning display. He was in electric form as Valenciennes secured a 1-1 draw with relegation rivals Sochaux, scoring twice and winning the Man of the Match award in the process. Fortunately for Ghana fans, Waris looks to be entering a fine spell of form just as the World Cup approaches.
Despite being laced with African players, none of Sochaux’s contingent made the cut this week, but there is space in the side for Stade Rennais left-back Cheikh M’Bengue who starred in his side’s 3-0 away victory over Nantes.
Vincent Enyeama and Nicolas N’Koulou once more demonstrated their elite consistency with fine showings, while Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder was one of the weekend’s best performers. Even though his side went down 4-2 to Paris Saint-Germain, the Tunisian forward, who has appeared for France’s youth sides, scored a brace. It has been a fine month for the striker, who currently sits tenth in the Ligue 1 top scorer charts.
In England, narratives at the top and bottom of the division naturally stole the headlines. However, Hull City, who have never looked like facing relegation, despite pundit’s pre-season predictions to the contrary, continued their fine year with a 4-0 rout of Cardiff.
While here at AFS we are huge fans of the Tigers’ Nigerian forward Sone Aluko, it was two of Steve Bruce’s less-heralded stars that get the acknowledgement here. Full-back Liam Rosenior, son of former-Sierra Leone international Leroy, and Egyptian right-sider Ahmed Elmohamady were both in fine form. Both men contributed an assist, with Rosenior even claiming the Man of the Match gong.