ROUND-UP: Africans in the EPL – Week 6
Another great week for the African contingent in the EPL saw two Africans prevent Manchester City from continuing their flawless run start to the campaign.
Africa Football Shop’s EPL correspondent, Ravi Pahalwani reports all the action.
Match day six began with an eventful London derby with champions Chelsea taking on rivals Arsenal. Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel came on late in the second half to solidify the Chelsea midfield to help them cruise to a much needed 2-0 win.
Last week’s Manchester City hero, Nigerian Kelechi Ihenacho did not have the same impact from the bench this week as West Ham narrowly beat Manchester City 2-1 in an epic clash. Nigeria winger Victor Moses scored the first goal of the game with a spectacular shot from outside the box. The winner was scored by Senegal striker Diafra Sakho to take West Ham to third on the table, now just three points away from their weekend opponents. Both Yaya Toure and Wilfred Bony featured for Manchester City at the Etihad, the latter coming on from the bench.
A man of the match performance from Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, who’s pace and power was too much for the Newcastle defence, scored two well taken goals to seal a 2-1 win for Watford away at St James’ Park. Cameroon defender Allan Nyom played out the whole 90 minutes with great conviction at the back for Watford. DR Congo defender Chancel Mbemba feature for Newcastle.
Algeria midfielder Riyad Mahrez continued his great form as he helped Leicester City with a goal from the penalty spot and an assist to come from behind away at Stoke to remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League. Ghana defender Jeffrey Schlupp struggled defensively for Leicester but lasted the full duration. Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie was given 10 minutes by Stoke, but the Nigeria international did not get a clear sight of goal in their 2-2 home draw.
Ivory Coast forward Arouna Kone and Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew both started in a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium for Everton and Swansea respectively; the latter receiving a yellow card.
Cameroon defender Sebastian Bassong was rock solid for Norwich against Liverpool helping them grab an away point at Anfield. Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure was an unused sub for Liverpool in the 1-1 draw.
The African contingent for Crystal Palace; DR Congo midfielder Yannick Bolasie, Mali forward Bakary Sako and Senegal defender Pape Souare all started and gave a good account of themselves but ended up on the losing side against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in a 1-0 loss.
Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama both featured for Southampton against Manchester United but sadly ended up on the losing side. Mane was a constant threat to the United back line and provided the assist for the second Southampton goal. That was not enough though as United came out victorious in a narrow 3-2 win.