ROUND-UP: Africans in the EPL – Week 11
It was a great week for the African contingent in EPL with a host of goal scorers coming from the continents finest plying their trade in England.
Africa Football Shop‘s English Premier League correspondent, Ravi Pahalwani reports all the action.
John Obi Mikel started for the champions as they took on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. It’s fair to say it was a torrid day for Chelsea as they lost the game 3-1, pushing them even further down the table.
Sunderland visited Goodison Park in the hoping to build on their last week’s derby win. This was not to be as Everton came out on top by quite a margin, the game ended 6-2 with Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone grabbing the headlines with a hat trick to his name. The hat trick was enough for Kone to earn him a contract extension and will now be an Everton player for another year.
Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo continued his great form with two goals against in-form West Ham taking his EPL tally this season to seven. Allan Nyom, was also part of the Watford team as he helped his team keep another clean sheet.
Crystal Palace were unlucky not to secure a victory at home against Manchester United with the game ending 0-0 as they failed to capitalize on their chances. Winger Yannick Bolasie, defender Pape Souare both featured for Palace and gave a good account of themselves.
After a great outing in midweek, young Kelechi Iheanacho earned a starting place in Manuel Pellegrini’s side who were taking on Norwich City at the Etihad. It took a late Yaya Toure penalty for Manchester City to win the three points which keeps them at the top of the EPL table. Wilfried Bony also featured for the table toppers.
Southampton cruised to an easy 2-0 win at home against Bournemouth. The home team took a two goal lead in the first half which seemingly sealed the game. Victor Wanyama’s red card gave the away team some hope but to no avail as Southampton cruised to victory. Senegal’s Saido Mane was a constant threat in this first South Coast derby in the English top-flight.
Aston Villa’s problems continued as they lost to in an in-form Spurs 3-1 at White Hart Lane. The only positive in the game was Ghanaian Jordan Ayew who continued his good form with a goal to his name.