ROUND-UP: Africans in Serie A – Week 8
It was back to Serie A action after the international break and Mohammed Salah and Togolese attacker Serge Gakpe were in goalscoring form for their respective clubs.
Below is a wrap by Africa Football Shop‘s Stak Sottie on the performances of Africans in the Serie A.
At the famous Stade de Olympico in Rome, it was Yao Gervinho and Mohammed Salah who stole the show as both players saw full throttle with Salah scoring Roma’s third goal as they defeated Empoli 3-1 in front of their home fans. Salah scored in the 69th minute to raise his goal tally to four. Mali’s Seydou Keita was not in action for Rudi Garcia’s men.
Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah saw in full-time action for seventh placed Torino as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by the Rossoneri (AC Milan) at the Olympico in Torino.
On Sunday afternoon at the Renato Dall’ara stadium, Godfred Donsah came off the bench 14 minutes into the second half of the game for Bologna but couldn’t help prevent his side from losing as they were peeped by a 24th minute Palermo goal in the first-half. His colleague and Senegalese youngster Ibrahim Mbaye watched the match from the substitution bench.
The ever powerful Senegalese Khouma Babacar was not in his goal scoring rhythms this weekend as he saw little of the ball after replacing Nenad Tomovic’ in the 77th minute for league leaders Fiorentina. The Viola were handed bitter pills to swallow by Napoli at the San Paolo stadium with a 2-1 defeat.
Togolese Serge Gakpe was one of the goal scorers for Genoa in the five-goal thriller on Sunday at the Luigi Ferreri stadium in Genova. Genoa have to come back from a first minute goal by Alberto Paloschi for Chievo Verona before Genoa equalised on the 13th minute. Serge Gakpe found the back of the net for the home side four minutes later. Gakpe was substituted by Senegal’s Issa Cissokho 12 minutes into the second-half. Cissokho was in fine form for the victorious home side.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu started from the bench but entered the fray to help Udinese to an away point at the Marc’Antonio Bentegod in Verona. He was introduced in the 63rd minute for Marquinho against Hellas Verona.
Kwadwo Asamoah was a bench warmer for Juventus in the top-liner of the weekend as the Old Lady also labored to draw goalless against Internazionale at the Guissepe Meazza stadium in Milan. Meanwhile Ivorian youngster Assane Gnoukouri was also an unused substitute for Inter.
At the Comunale stadium in Frosinone, it was Rahman Chibsah’s side Frosinone Calcio who were 2-0 victors against tenth place Sampdoria as the 22-year old saw the full throttle. He provided an assist for one of the goals.
Nigeria’s Onazi Ogenyi was replaced immediately after the break by Lazio. It wasn’t a great outing for the Rome based club as they lost to Ghanaian Alfred Duncan’s Sassuolo away from home.