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ROUND-UP: Africans in Bundesliga – Week 1

Published On 18/08/2015 | By Tolulope Olasoji | Africa, Bundesliga, Cameroon, DR Congo, Europe, Features, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Latest News, Senegal, Top Stories

The ever-swashbuckling German Bundesliga kicked off in a racy-pacy mode – with goals from all match centers and away victories far from being at premium – and what a great way to kick-off other than an African getting the first goal of the season.

But, was it a great outing for Africans in Germany collectively? Let’s see as Africa Football Shop’s German Bundesliga correspondent Tolulope Olasoji runs down their performances….

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Bayern Munich’s Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia opened the floodgate for goals  – albeit with suspicions of offside after he headed home a Xabi Alonso’s freekick – just 27 minutes into the new Bundesliga season opener as the defending champions as usual made light work of Gideon Jung’s Hamburg SV. The 20-year-old Ghanaian midfielder who was impressive in the off-season made his senior debut and was on for the entire duration of the match for the Dinosaurs in the 5-0 defeat. He scored five times in 26 games last season with the Hamburg U-23 squad.

Mali winger Ibrahima Traore could do nothing within his 65 minutes of action to prevent Borussia Monchengladbach suffer at the hand of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-spearheaded city rivals as Gladbach were battered 4-0 by an apparent rejuvenated Borussia Dortmund. Aubameyang scored his first goal of the season and also assisted two-goal man Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first to give new manager Thomas Tuchel a superb start to his reign.

Constant Djakpa was on the bench for the entire duration of his team’s loss to last season high flyers Wolfsburg. The Ivory Coast left-back watched his team – Eintracht Frankfurt – lose narrowly by a goal.

Whilst Schalke 04 Cameroon duo Joel Matip and Eric Choupo-Moting enjoyed a blissful opening day the same couldn’t be said of their African counterparts who were on the receiving end. DR Congo defender Assani Lukmiya and especially Nigeria hotshot Anthony Ujah – who impressed exceedingly in the pre-season and last season with Cologne – went down with Werder Bremen at the hands of Schalke 04 in a shocking 3-0 home defeat.

Mainz 05 deemed Nigeria fair-skinned right back Leon Balogun surplus to requirement in one of the stunning result of the Match Day 1 as Marvin Matip’s newly promoted FC Ingolstadt ensured the Cameroonian romance in the Bundesliga continued with an away lone-goal victory over Mainz. 

New Augsburg acquisition Daniel Opare wasn’t even dressed to witness Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou 74 minutes assault on his new club. The ex-Chelsea forward scored the only goal of the game in the 48th minute as Augsburg without Chelsea-bound Abdul Baba Rahman was also condemned to a home defeat.

French born Senegal defender Salif Sane was on from start-to-finish as Hannover 96 grabbed a draw away at newly-promoted side Darmstadt 98 via an Aytaç Sulu 62nd minute own-goal thereby denying the second Bundesliga entrant victory.

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