Football - African players in Europe weekend review

Le Gambien du FC Zurich Assane Ceesay, auteur d'un doublé.
Football - African players in Europe weekend review

Kortrijk leads the Belgian league thanks to Comorian Selemani, Cessay is efficient with FC Zurich, Eduoik is decisive with Hajduk Split. Once again, African players have shown their efficiency last weekend in European leagues.

After two rounds, Cortrai is in 1st place in the Belgian league. The Kreels dominated Royal Antwerp (1-0) thanks to Comorian Faiz Selemani, who scored the previous weekend. Antwerp and Gantoise drew 2-2, with Moroccan Tarik Tissoudali scoring for the home side, while Gambian Abdoulie Sanyang and Cameroonian Marius Noubissi scored for the visitors. Ostend (10th) won at Genk (4-3), thanks in particular to a goal from Senegalese Makhtar Gueye. Chadian Marius Mouandilmadji helped FC Seraing (9th) beat Mechelen (1-0). Third-placed Standard Liege beat Zulte-Waregem 2-1, with Burkina Faso's Abdul Faissal Tapsoba scoring the winner in the final minutes of normal time.

In Switzerland, second-placed FC Zurich beat Lausanne Sport 3-1 thanks to a brace from Gambian international Assam Ceesay, while Ivorian Brahima Ouattara saved the day for the Vaudois. Lugano (5th) dominated Servette Genève (2-0) with a goal from Ghanaian Assumah Abubakar. On the second day of the Croatian championship, Hajduk Split (7th) relied on Nigerian Samuel Eduok to dominate Sibenik (1-0). Second-placed HNK Gorica took advantage of their trip to Istra to take a 2-1 lead, thanks to a goal from Senegalese Matar Dieye, with Burkina Faso's Boureima Bandé reducing the deficit for the hosts. Rijeka (1st) drew 3-3 at defending champions Dinamo Zagreb, with a spectacular double from Ghanaian Issah Abass. In Slovenia (matchday 3), Koper maintained their lead with a 3-1 win at Celje, with Gambia's Lamin Colley scoring the team's third goal.

Comorian El Fardou Ben Mohamed played an active role in the victory of Red Star Belgrade (2nd) at Spartak Subotica (3-1), on the 2nd day of the Serbian championship. In Moldova, second-placed Zaria Balti won 4-1 at Dinamo-Auto, with a goal from Nigerian Emmanuel Alassabe. Defending champions Sheriff Tiraspol (6th) won their first game of the season with a 3-1 victory at FC Floresti, with Guinea's Momo Yansané opening the scoring. In Bulgaria (day 2), Ludogorest Razgrad (1st) easily beat CSKA-1948 (3-0), with a goal from Ghanaian Bernard Tekpetey. In the Czech Republic (day 2), Banik Ostrava (5th) beat Fastav Zlin (5-1), the second goal being scored by Nigerian Collins Sor.

The Africans were prolific in Slovakia on the second day. FK Pohronie (8th) beat Zemplin Micholavce 2-0, with Malian Ladji Mallé scoring the opening goal. Dunajska Streda (9th) dominated Mikulas (3-1), with a goal from Nigerian Abdulrahman taiwo. Finally, fourth-placed Senica had a tough time beating Spartak Trnava (2-1), with Congo's Elvis Sukisa equalising from the penalty spot two minutes from time.

In Northern Europe, where the championships started earlier than elsewhere, the Africans' efficiency has not wavered. In Finland, for example, FC Lahti clearly dominated FC KTP (3-0), with a goal from Nigerian Geoffrey Chinedu. The match between Haugesund (6th) and Stroemgodset (8th) in the 14th round of the Norwegian championship has allowed two African players to improve their statistics. Senegalese Ibrahim Wadji scored for the home side, while Nigerian Fred Friday scored for the visitors.

In Sweden (13th day), Vartbergs BoIS (13th) took an important point at Degerfors (1-1) thanks to the South African Tashreeq Matthews. Ghanaian Patrick Kpozo's goal was not enough for Ostersunds (15th) to win against Hammarby. In Lithuania (round 23), Hagelmann beat Nevezis 6-0 at home, with Nigerian Ibrahim Olaosebikan scoring the only goal. In Estonia (matchday 18), Cameroon's Arc-En-Ciel Mintongo scored the second of five goals for Tulevik Viljandi (7th) against Tammeka (5-3). Finally, all the goals in the match between Valmieras (3rd) and Spartaks Jurmala (6th) in Latvia (19th round) were scored by African players. In the first match of the season, the Senegalese Ibrahima Sow and Djibril Gueye scored the goals, while the Nigerian Richard Friday scored the other.

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