ROUND-UP: Africans in the EPL – WEEK 10
Andrew Ayew had the last laugh against his brother Jordan, in Swansea’s late 2-1 victory at Aston Villa, while Sadio Mane denied Liverpool victory.
Africa Football Shop‘s English Premier League correspondent, Ravi Pahalwani reports all the action.
African duo Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho inflicted more misery on champions Chelsea as West Ham came out 2-1 winners at Upton Park. John Obi Mikel featured in the at the start second half for Jose Mourinho’s team after Nemanja Matic was sent off at the end of the first half and was able to provide some sort of solidity to the Chelsea midfield.
Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo failed to get onto the score sheet this week but racked in two assists for his team mates as Watford came out 2-0 winners away at Stoke City. Another positive was Allan Nyom, who made some crucial blocks and interceptions to help Watford earn a clean sheet.
Struggling Aston Villa took on Swansea in a must-win game for Tim Sherwood’s men. Andre and Jordan Ayew were on hand to score for their respective teams. Andre came out on top as Swansea beat Aston Villa 2-1, with an 87th-minute strike. Villa boss Sherwood was subsequently sacked after the loss.
The standout fixture of the weekend began a beautiful Sunday afternoon with the Manchester derby taking center stage. To the disappointment of the neutrals, the game ended goalless. Ivorian duo of Wilfred Bony and Yaya Toure both started for Manchester City, but failed to make any attacking impact with Manchester United on the front foot for most of the game.
Leicester hitman Riyad Mahrez returned to the starting line up hoping to continue from where he left off. He did not disappoint, as he assisted the only goal of the game as Leicester came out 1-0 winners against fellow high-flyers Crystal Palace. Ghana defender Jeff Schlupp also featured in the win for the foxes.
The last game of the week saw Southampton travel to Anfield for Liverpool’s first home league match in the Klopp Era. Most of the action in the game came late on as Christian Benteke had seemingly scored the winner in the 73rd minute, only for Sadio Mane to score the equaliser nine minutes later, but was sent off into stoppage time.