Football - European tour of African players

Football - European tour of African players

African footballers continue to make their names in European leagues and it was the case over the weekend as Sport News Africa takes a tour into the most remote corners to highlight these players.

In the Netherlands, Sebastian Haller is in great shape. He scored a decisive brace for the Ivory Coast against Cameroon in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on September 6 (2-1), and the Ajax Amsterdam striker (2nd) helped his team win (2-0) at PEC Zwolle, on the 4th day of the championship.

In Belgium (round 7), his compatriot Christian Kouame also scored two goals as Anderlecht (7th) beat FC Mechelen 7-2. Standard Liege (3rd) won 1-0 at Seraing thanks to a penalty from Moroccan Selim Amallah. Charleroi (4th) came back from La Gantoise with a precious win (3-2) to which the Senegalese Mamadou Fall contributed. Finally, despite a penalty from Nigerian Paul Onuachu, Genk (5th) failed to win against Union Saint-Gilloise (1-1).


Mame Biram Diouf and El Kaabi decisive for Hatayspor

In Turkey, sixth-placed Fatih Karagumrük dominated Adana Demirspor (4-0), with a goal from Ivorian Yann Karamoh. Senegalese Mame Biram Diouf and Moroccan Ayoub El Kaabion helped fifth-placed Hatayspor to a 2-0 win over Rizespor.

Despite a goal from Nigerian Bright Osayi-Samuel, Fenerbahce (2nd) failed to win against Sivasspor (1-1). Kayserispor (8th) beat Kasimpasa (2-0) with a goal from Ghanaian Bernard Mensah. Senegalese Chérif Ndiaye scored one of two goals for Göztepe Izmir (11th) against Istanbul Basaksehir (2-1). The Nigerian Anthony Nwakaeme scored again for Trabzonspor (2nd), held by Galatasaray (2-2).

In Switzerland (matchday 6), fourth-placed Young Boys Berne crushed leaders FC Zurich 4-0, with Congolese striker Meschack Elia once again proving his worth. Lugano (6th) held FC Basel to a 1-1 draw thanks to Ghanaian Asumah Abubakar-Ankra.

In Russia, a brace from Guinea's François Kamano gave fourth-placed Lokomotiv Moscow a 2-0 win over Krylya Sovetov Samara.

In Ukraine (matchday 7), Burkina Faso's Lassina Traore scored again as second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk beat Dnipro 2-0.

In Albania (day 1), two goals from Nigerian Stpehen Chinedu gave Dinamo Tirana their first win of the season in Kastrioti (2-0). Ivorians Serges Deblé, who scored twice, and Yakuba Silue scored all three goals for second-placed Ararat Yerevan against Alashkert (3-2) on the sixth day of the Armenian championship.

In Azerbaijan (matchday 3), FQ Qabala won at Sebah FK (2-0), with a goal from Togo's Yaovi Akakpo.

In Finland (Matchday 19), South Africa's Yanga Baliso scored one of two goals for tenth-placed IFK Mariehamm in their 2-1 win at Haka. Honka (7th) defeated FC KTP (3-1) with a goal from Ghanaian Edmund Arko-Mensah. Zambia's Lameck Banda gave sixth-placed Maccabi Peteh Tikva a point at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Matchday 2 of the Israeli league.

In Kazakhstan, fifth-placed Ordabasy Shymkent beat second-placed Kairat Almaty 2-1, with Senegalese Abdoulmaye Diakhité scoring one of the hosts' two goals. His compatriot Djibril Guèye scored the only goal for Valmieras (21st) against RFS (1-1), in the 23rd round of the Latvian championship. Fifth-placed FK Spartaks beat BFC Daugavpils 3-0, with Nigerian Abiodun Ogunniyi scoring the only goal, while another Nigerian, Hogan Ukpa, helped fourth-placed FK Liepaja to a 3-0 win at Metta.

In Lithuania, first-placed Suduva beat Dziugas Telsiai 3-2 thanks to Congolese striker Jordan N'Kololo.

In Luxembourg (matchday 5), 11th-placed Fola Esch beat Progrès Neidercorn 2-0, with Algerian Idir Boutrif scoring a goal. Ghanaian Frederick Kyereh was involved in Etzella Ettelbrück's (14th) clear victory over Rodange (3-0). Dudelange (1st) won (4-3) at Racing Union, with a goal from Tunisian Adel Battaieb, while Malian Mana Dembélé scored twice for the hosts. Finally, Mondorf-les-Bains (4th) dominated (3-2) Hamm Benfica, with a goal from Nigerian Fabrice Yaou and another from Malian Issa Baradji.


In Northern Ireland, Congolese Christy Mazinga scored twice as fifth-placed Linfield FC beat Portadown 3-2. Another DR Congo player, Hervé Kage, gave third-placed Botosani an important 1-0 win over C FR Cluj in the eighth round of the Romanian league.

In Serbia, leaders Partizan Belgrade won 3-1 at FK Radnicki 1923, with Cape Verdean Ricardo Gomes scoring another goal. Second-placed Red Star Belgrade beat Proleter 3-0, with Ivorian Sekou Junior Sanogo scoring.

Elvis Sukisa of Congo helped fifth-placed Senica beat Pohronie 1-0 on Matchday 7 of the Slovakian league, while Nigeria's Kingsley Madu helped Trencin win 3-1 at Zilina.

In Slovenia (round 8), Tabor (6th) won at NK Bravo (2-0), with a goal from Cameroonian Louis Bongongui. Koper (1st) easily beat Radomlje (4-1), thanks in particular to Nigerian Bede Osuji. Finally, in Sweden, Ivorian Christian Kouakou scored the only goal for Sirius (9th) against Oestersunds (1-0), and Nigerian Samuel Adegbenro scored the only goal for IFK Norrköping (5th) in Malmö (1-1). Leaders Djurgaarden swept aside Hammarby 4-1, with Zambian Edward Chilufya scoring the only goal.

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