AFRICANS IN EUROPE : Team of the week 7-8 April
Guy-Rolland Ndy Assembe (Nancy – Cameroon)
Had a quiet match in their two nil victory against Dijon as Nancy continue their struggle to maintain their top flight status.
Drissa Diakité (Nice – Mali)
In a tough game against Lorient (2-0), he was the master of the game. He overshadowed his opponents in midfield as the Malian was superb. The victory gave Nice some breathing space in the general standings.
Carl Medjani (AC Ajaccio – Algeria)
His rocket strike which ended inthe opponent’s net enabled Ajaccio to grab a point against Saint Etienne. Played with determination and abnegation as he was efficient both in defence and when he did forward runs.
Ammar Jemal (FC Cologne – Tunisia)
A good game for the Tunisian defender both on defence as well as going forward as he scored his team’s equaliser against Werder Bremen to secure a point. A point that will prove vital in their survival battle as they move away from the relegation places.
Omar Daf (Brest – Senegal)
The long wait to score a Ligue 1 goal finally came to an end with a splendid strike from 35 metres to beat Lille ‘Keeper Lanndreau . Had a fantastic all round performance as his team grabbed a shocking 3-1 victory against Lille.
Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham – Mali)
His performance over the weekend may have reminded us of his old playing days. He had total control of the middle of the park in their three nil victory over Bolton. Finished the fine performance with a sublime finish during the latter stages of the game to seal the three nil victory.
Bakaye Traoré (Nancy – Mali)
He said during a recent interview that his season started in January but one will be tempted to even say his season started in March as he has since been on the high. Scored a brace in their two nil victory over Dijon.
Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese – Ghana)
Has so far had a very quiet season but reminded us of his fantastic qualities. Enduring, strong, fast, he scored a brace in their 3-1 victory against Parma as the victory might be vital in the fight for Europe.
Younes Belhanda (Montpellier – Morocco)
Has regained his fitness level. Natural goal scorer, elegant in his touch, always getting the right touches, the Moroccan midfielder had a good game in their victory against Sochaux. He will be very useful for his team in his title challenge.
Steven Pienaar (Everton – South Africa)
« Schillo » is back at his best since returning on loan to Everton during the winter transfer window. With his excellent touch, he provided an assist in the 2-2 draw against Norwich and reproduced the strong performance tw days later in their four nil rout of Sunderland, scoring one and assisting two.
Pape Demba Cissé (Newcastle – Senegal)
What else could be said on him if not to say he is living the moment of his life. On Friday against Swansea, he bagged a brace which was not a surprise as he has been doing it regularly since he joined the Premier League (ten goals in nine games).
To equally mention…
Cédric Makiadi (Fribourg – DR Congo) was on target has his team held Nuremberg to a 2-2 draw. Arouna Koné (Ivory Coast – Levante) are contrinuing their fairy tale run in the Spanish League. His goal against Atletico Madrid secured them fifth spot as they continue to challenge for a champions League spot. Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria – Valence) had a very good game in their goalless draw against Real Madrid. Alexandre Song (Arsenal – Cameroon) equally superb in midfield for Arsenal as the Gunners dent Manchester City’s title hopes with a one nil victory. Oscar Ewolo (Brest – Congo), had a strong game in their 3-1 victory against Lille.