AFS TOTW: Mahrez, Ayew & Kante star
It was another busy weekend for African players across the leagues as the fates of several clubs are decided and the competition for a place in AFS TOTW hots up.
Ghana’s Adam Kwarasey retains his AFS TOTW place for a second week running after helping Portland Timbers to all three points away at Montreal Impact on Saturday.
Ivorian Serge Aurier returns to the team of the week after putting up a sterling performance in Paris Saint-Germain’s 6-0 demolishing job over Guingamp. His countryman Eric Bailly also returns after claiming the man-of-the-match gong in Villareal’s win over Elche. Making his AFS TOTW debut is Lorient’s Lamine Kone who was a rock in defense as his side thumped Metz to condemn them to relegation. Ghana’s Baba Rahman mans the left-back position following an impressive outing as Augsburg defeated champions Bayern Munich.
The AFS TOTW three man midfield are all debutants this week. Ibrahima Traore’s 88th minute goal sealed three points for Borrusia Mochengladbach over rivals Bayer Leverkusen in the race for Europe. Ngolo Kante was outstanding for Ligue 1 surprise team Caen as they defeated high-flyers Lyon by three goals to nil. Leicester City hero Riyad Mahrez completes the midfield after his brace over Southampton boosted the Foxes bid to stay in the Premier League.
St. Etienne’s Max Gradel a regular in this season’s AFS TOTW returns in our 4-3-3 formation this week. The Ivorian was at his best and helped himself to a goal as the Greens walloped a disappointing Nice side 5-0. Ghana’s Jordan Ayew arguably a breakthrough season for him at Lorient makes the team this week following his side’s 4-0 win at Metz. Ayew found the target in the 84th minute to complete the rout. Mame Biram Diouf got himself on the scoresheet as he led the line to perfection in Stoke City’s 3-0 win at home over Tottenham.
AFS STAR MAN OF THE WEEK – RIYAD MAHREZ
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