ROUND-UP: Africans in the EPL – Week 9
After a week with their national sides, the African contingent returned to the Premier League hoping to continue where they left off.
Africa Football Shop‘s English Premier League correspondent, Ravi Pahalwani reports all the action.
Champions Chelsea returned to winning ways after last week’s defeat to Southampton with a 2-0 win at home against Aston Villa. Ghana left back Baba Rahman helped the Blues earn a clean sheet in his first Premier League appearance for the club. Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel was an unused sub for the champions. African striker duo; Benin’s Rudy Gestede and Ghana’s Jordan Ayew both ended up on the losing side.
Nigeria winger Victor Moses continued his good form assisting Carl Jenkinson to set up West Ham’s first goal against fellow high-flyers Crystal Palace. Regular starters for Palace, Yannick Bolasie and Senegal defender Pape Souare, ended up on the losing side as West Ham came out 3-1 winners.
Ivory Coast forward Wilfred Bony had huge boots to fill with Sergio Aguero was out injured. Bony did not disappoint, a brace and an assist helped Manchester City to a 5-1 win against league newcomers Bournemouth, to keep them in top position, three points ahead of rivals Manchester United.
Leicester City came back from two goals behind to grab a late point against Southampton. Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez came off the bench to set up a late goal for Jamie Vardy, to complete the Leicester comeback. Last week’s AFS Player of the Week, Sengal’s Sadio Mane and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama both featured for the Saints.
Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, fresh from a debut goal for his national side, failed to make an impact for Watford this week. The score ended 3-0 in favour of Arsenal, as they continue their good form.
Cameroon defender Allan Nyom also featured for Watford.
Young DR Congo defender Chancel Mbemba was on the victorious side in a highly-entertaining game. DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani continued his goal scoring form with two goals in two weeks for Norwich City, but to no avail as Newcastle came out overwhelming winners with the score ending 6-2.
The last game of the week saw Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew feature for Swansea City, who took on fellow mid-table rivals Stoke City. A tale of two penalties, Bojan Krkic slotted home an early spot kick for the visitors while Ki Sung-yueng missed a late chance from the spot also, to grab a point for the Swans, finishing 1-0 to Stoke.