AFS Team of the Week 18.03.14
Once again, Africa Football Shop’s Team of the Week is dominated by players from Ligue 1.
Perhaps surprisingly, the teams down at the bottom of the division, those battling for survival, provided a number of players to our selection—the result of a terrific weekend of action at the foot of the French top flight.
Barely a week goes by without the team here at Africa Football Shop salivating over the progress of Ivorian defender Serge Aurier.
The Toulouse man was mentioned in the weekly blog of our Ligue 1 Columnist Jonathan Mensah as ‘One to Watch’ ahead of this summer’s World Cup and he once again demonstrated his class during the weekend.
The right-back scored his fifth goal of the season as Toulouse beat Rennes, arriving late in the box to side-foot past Benoit Costil in the opposition goal.
With Bacary Sagna still stalling on signing a new Arsenal contract, the sensible money is on Aurier heading to the Premier League sooner rather than later. On current form, he could be one of the division’s star men.
Vincent Enyeama is another AFS TOTW regular. The Nigeria No. 1 retained his spot in the team following another clean sheet—his third in a row—against Nantes.
Elsewhere, Stoppila Sunzu scored for Sochaux as the Lionceaux beat Lorient 2-0. The victory pushes Herve Renard’s men to within five points of safety; could the Montbeliard club achieve the unthinkable and escape relegation?
Another side confident of escaping from the clutches of relegation are Valenciennes. This is down, in no small part, to the fantastic goal-scoring form of Majeed Waris, another favourite of the team here at AFS.
Waris helped his new club to the three points against Jonathan Mensah’s Evian after a fine low strike past Jesper Hansen. The Ghanaian has scored six goals since arriving at the club on loan in January and if the Atheniens are to survive the drop, then Waris will be heralded as a hero.
Over in England, Nigerian forward Peter Odemwingie continued his revival with a brace for Stoke City as the Potters beat West Ham United. If the former West Bromwich Albion man continues in this fine form, then Super Eagles Stephen Keshi will have little choice but to consider him for a recall to the national side.