AFS Team of the Week 03.03.14
In this edition of the Africa Football Shop Team of the Week Editor Ed Dove looked back over the fixtures in Europe’s major leagues, the Champions League and the Europa League to select the finest XI of African performers.
The Capital One Cup Final was also considered…as if we could have ignored one African player’s magnificent individual contribution!
Naturally, the Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure was the star of the weekend. The ManchesterCity man struck a goal of both extreme quality and immense importance as he dragged the Citizens back into their contest with Sunderland.
The former Barcelona man described his goal, a precise 30-yard strike, as “probably” the best of his career.
Not only was the goal a thing of beauty, it also brought City back into the match following Fabio Borini’s opener.
Should Manuel Pellegrini’s team go on to add to their trophy haul this season, then they may look back on Toure’s exquisite strike as a turning point.
In the Champions League, Aurelien Chedjou delivered a commanding display to help Galatasaray earn a draw against Chelsea. The Cameroonian defender had hoped to face his compatriot, Samuel Eto’o, and will have been disappointed to have had to contend with Fernando Torres instead. Chedjou may still get his wish when the two sides reunite at StamfordBridge.
Toulouse continue their evergreen form, supported, as it is, by African talent. Serge Aurier is becoming a bit of a regular in the AFS Team of the Week and he is joined in this selection by his team-mate Issiaga Sylla. The pair were instrumental as Le TFC secured a 2-0 away win at Nice, with Aurier contributing an assist in the process.
Ligue 1 minnows En Avant Guingamp have never been represented in the AFS Team of the Week, but have three players in the current selection following an invaluable 2-0 victory away at Rennes. Malian stopper Mamadou Samassa, Senegalese midfielder Younousse Sankhare and Malian striker Mustapha Yatabare were all in glittering form.
Salomon Kalou also returns to our elect, the Ivorian forward demonstrated his class with an outstanding hat-trick against bottom-placed club AC Ajaccio. After the game the Lille man insisted that despite his excellent individual showing, all that mattered was that the team managed to secure the three points.