Europe's second tier club competition gets on the way on Thursday night as some Africans take the center stage. Sport News Africa zooms in on two African scorers who impressed during the group phase: Senegal's Abdallah Sima and the Cameroon's Jean Pierre Nsamé.
Abdallah Sima striker of Slavia Prague
Abdallah Sima has very good stats for his first year in pro football.
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Abdallah Sima, from shadow to light
The interesting thing about the Europa League is that it breads new talents annually. A stage for young players from the less mediatized leagues across the continent, this competition offers them the opportunity to come out of anonymity. Abdallah Sima (19 years old) has made headlines in this competition. He has become a household name for Slavia Prague. Abdallah Sima scored a goal in his first Europa League start against Nice in the away leg (3-2). He repeats in the return match (3-1) and continued against Hapoel Beer Sheva (3-0).
Three important goals that have injected confidence for the striker.
He won the Czech championship and was voted best player of the month in December. In tonight's match against Leicester, Abdallah Sima has scored18 times, providing 6 assists with Slavia Prague. An excellent ratio for a debutant in the pros. The Senegalese striker's odds have climbed quickly. Arrived in August 2020 in Slavia from FC MAS Taborsko against a check of 100 thousand euros, the market value of Sima is estimated today at 8 million euros. It could increase further if Sima shines against Leicester tonight.
Jean Pierre Nsamé is unstoppable.
Jean Pierre has not just dominated the goal scoring tallies in the Swiss league but the Cameroonian is shinning across the continent and since 2018, he has been proving his goal scoring prowess with Young Boys of Berne. He is also a major contributor to '' Les Jaunes'' three Swiss championship titles in a row.
Last season, Nsamé scored 32 goals in 36 league games. He finished as Switzerland's top scorer. And this year, he's on the same footing again. After 20 games, he has scored 11 goals and is now top of the goal scoring perking order. But Nsamé is not just a goal scorer on the local pitch. The Cameroonian also scores on the European scene. He was decisive six times in the six games of the group phase of the Europa League. The Douala native has, in fact, scored four goals and two assists. Young Boys from Berne will be counting on him to surprise Bayern Leverkusen in the Round of 16 first leg tonight.