AFS Team of the Week 05.02.14
Africa Football Shop’s Editor-in-Chief Ed Dove presents his Team of the Week—the second in this exclusive series.
The AFS Team of the Week aims to recognise the Best XI of African performers from the previous seven days of action. We aren’t limited by geographical location and consider both domestic and international competition alike.
Following the final of the Championship of African Nations, two of the tournament’s stars have been included in this week’s team…read on to discover who made the cut.
Is there anyone who you believe has been overlooked this week? Is there someone who deserves no place among this elite collective? Comment below and let us know…
In goal, Stephen Adams may have been disappointed to lose the CHAN final, but he certainly put on a sterling show in the process. The Ghana stopper saved two penalties in the final shoot-out, and was unfortunate to be on the losing side. He was also outstanding in the semi-final against Nigeria and looks set for big things.
Nigerian winger Ejike Uzoenyi is another who starred during the CHAN and picked up the Player of the Tournament award following his outstanding performances. A year ago, Uzoenyi was set for the Cup of Nations with Nigeria and looked to be on the brink of a move to Europe and French side Rennes. Both his international and club prospects took a turn for the worst, but following his starring role with Stephen Keshi’s Super Eagles in South Africa, could he be set for a World Cup invitation?
Three of the Bundesliga’s African stars have also made the cut this week.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a popular choice on Twitter and, indeed, was a no-brainer for inclusion. His goals, either side of half-time, were enough to down Braunschweig and ensure a crucial away victory for Dortmund. Could these two goals prove pivotal in ensuring a turn in fortunes for Jurgen Klopp’s men?
Despite looking like he was heading to the Premier League, with Cardiff City, Mame Biram Diouf eventually opted to remain at Hannover. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be wishing he’d made more effort to snare his man as Diouf showed the world what he is capable of on Saturday; two goals and a Man of the Match performance against Gladbach secured a valuable three points for his team.
Finally, recognition must go to Jerry Akaminko, AFS’s Super Lig columnist, who demonstrated his resiliency at the weekend against the superstars of Fenerbahce. Eskiserhirspor secured an impressive 2-1 victory over the current league leaders and move up to sixth in the division.