Round Up: Africans in the EPL – Week 8
A promising weekend beckoned for the African contingent in the English Premier League and they did not disappoint with Sadio Mane the pick of the lot
Africa Football Shop‘s English Premier League correspondent, Ravi Pahalwani reports all the action.
Leicester City bounced back after last week’s defeat to Arsenal with a 2-1 win away at Norwich. Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez was left on the bench for this one, much to everyone’s surprise. It was fellow African, Jeffery Schlupp, who scored the crucial goal for Leicester to double their lead. A late goal from DR Congo forward Dieumerci Mbokani for Norwich was not enough to stage a comeback for the Canaries.
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo netted again for Watford against fellow newcomers Bournemouth to take his season tally to five goals in eight appearances. Bournemouth did score an equaliser courtesy of Glenn Murray, the match finished at 1-1 with both teams sharing the spoils.
DR Congo midfielder Yannick Bolasie scored for Crystal Palace as they came out 2-0 winners against West Bromwich Albion. Senegal defender Pape Souare also featured in the win while Mali forward Bakary Sako did not feature for the side.
Last week’s AFS Player of the Week Mame Biram Diouf started for Stoke City but sadly was stretchered off early in the first half with what seemed to be a hip injury. Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie did not feature for the Potters, who won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Marko Arnaoutovic.
Young DR Congo defender Chancel Mbemba was on the receiving side when his team was blown away by Manchester City’s five goal hero Sergio Aguero, Newcastle thrashed by City 6-1.
We move to Stamford Bridge where champions Chelsea were looking to get back to winning ways after their midweek loss in Europe. But a man of the match display from Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane, who devastated the Chelsea defence throughout the game, scored one goal and set up another in the process. Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama also featured for Southampton, the game finished 3-1 in favour of the visitors.
A team that did successfully stage a comeback was West Ham United, after Sunderland had taken an early two goal lead. Inform Dimitri Payet and Carl Jenkinson scored the two goals, the latter assisted by Nigeria winger Victor Moses, with the game ending 2-2.
The last game of the week saw Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew get back on the scoresheet with a headed goal against Tottenham Hotspur. Swansea fought hard against an in form Spurs team, and were lucky with their second goal after Harry Kane sliced the ball into his own net. The team shared the spoils at 2-2.