ROUND-UP: Africans in the EPL – Week 13
The African stars were looking to return from where they left off as the Premier League resumed this week after the international break.
The French national anthem was played before every game this week, a tribute to those who lost their lives in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The tributes and emotions were kept aside when the whistle blew, a great weekend of football followed.
Africa Football Shop’s Premier League correspondent Ravi Pahalwani reports all the action.
Cameroon defender Sebastien Bassong and DR Congo midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu travelled to struggling champions Chelsea. The Blues came out deserved 1-0 winners, although Norwich held the Chelsea onslaught for most of the game with the Congolese pair acting as the spine of the team
An in form Odion Ighalo and Watford team welcomed Manchester United, looking to stamp their authority in the Premier League. However, it was not to be, as the United won the game 2-1 courtesy of a late own goal by Watford captain Troy Deeney, who had just converted a penalty for his team which was won by fellow striker Ighalo.
Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone assisted one goal in a 4-0 win for Everton against Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
Andre Ayew returned to the scoresheet in style with a great back heel to the score the first goal in a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth. He also bagged an assist for the second goal, winning the man of the match in the process.
Kolo Toure came on late for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who outclassed Manchester City at the Eithad with a resounding 4-1 victory. His brother Yaya Toure was subbed off by Manuel Pellegrini during the interval. Young Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho came on as a substitute for Manchester City in the 70th minute but failed to make an impact.
With playmaker Dimitri Payet out injured for West Ham , Senegal forward Diafra Sakho made his comeback into the side after a string of low-level performances which saw him dropped to the bench. Playing in an unfavoured left side of midfield with Andy Carroll getting the nod up top , Sakho failed to create any impact against an in form Spurs side at White Hart Line that came out 4-1 winners.
Leicester City ended the week at the top of the table with a 3-0 away win at the St James’ Park. Riyad Mahrez was in the thick of things again, the main playmaker in the counter attacking style of Claudio Ranieri’s men racked in an assist for himself. His work was overshadowed by Jamie Vardy’s 10th consecutive goal in the league, equalling a record held by Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy.