AFRICANS IN EUROPE : TEAM OF THE WEEK April 21-22
Guy-Rolland Ndy Assembe (Nancy-Cameroon)
The goalless draw against Ajaccio could be boring, but the Cameroonian goalkeeper caught the eye as he pulled out spectacular saves to keep his team in the game. Nancy continue their run of form as they have gone a couple of games without a defeat.
Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers – England & Nigeria)
A perfect game for the Anglo-Nigerian who slotted well into the right full back position as he kept Gareth Bale quiet in their one nil victory over Tottenham Hotspurs . The victory liftyed them above the relegation table as QPR continue the battle to stay in the Premier League.
Aurélien Chedjou (Lille – Cameroon)
Against Dijon, the Cameroon defender proved to be strong and solid at the back as he shrugged off any attempts by the opposing strikers. Good news for him and his team as he hopes to carry that form into Sunday’s clash against Paris Saint Germain.
Karim Haggui (Hanover – Tunisia)
He was the master in defence in the scoreless draw against Fribourg. The “clean sheet” kept by his team was largely through his efforts.
Siaka Tiené (Paris SG – Ivory Coast)
The Ivorian full back was instrumental in their 6-1 thumping of Sochaux with an assist in the course of the game.
Joel Matip (Schalke 04 – Cameroon)
The young Cameroonian demonstrated a lot of skills going forward as he provided an assist in Huntelaar’s goal as the were held to a 1-1 draw by Augsburg as Schalke maintained grip on the third spot.
Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia – Algeria)
Scored the goal that put the tie to bed against Betis as he once more proved to be strong in the middle of the park . That was his sixth goal of the season as Valencia kept grip on the third spot.
Daniel Didavi (Nuremberg – Benin & Germany)
He is the man of the moment in Germany. Against Hamburg, the Germano-Beninese scored the equalizer, his eighth of the season and sixth in one month. He is simply fantastic
Steven Pieenar (Everton – South Africa)
Since returning to the Toffees, the South African has been putting up world class performance- it is as if he was never away before. During a crazy game on Sunday at Old Trafford, he silenced the theatre of dreams in the final minutes as he scored the equaliser in the 4-4 thriller to blow the title race wide open with the Manchester derby looming in the horizon.
Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle – Senegal)
The striker was once more on targe tat the weekend in their three nil victory over Stoke City as he continues his goal scoring form since arriving England. He has now scored 11 in 10 and he might be the man to push up the Toons in the race for a Champions League spot.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint Etienne – Gabon)
He seems to be enjoying himself away from home. He bagged a brace in the 4-1 demolishing of Caen as the continue to chase a European spot.
To equally note are the performances of, Max Gradel (Saint-Etienne – Ivory Coast) with an assist and a goal in their 4-1 victory over Caen, Souleymane Camara (Montpellier – Senegal) who scored the winning goal against Valenciennes, Arouna Koné (Levante – Ivory Coast) who equalized against Séville (1-1) keeping his team in the race for a Europa League ticket and Peter Odemwingie (West Bromwich Albion – Nigeria), who downed Liverpool at Anfield with a stunning goal. Finally Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers – Morocco) deserves some credit for his goal against Tottenham as the one nil victory lifts them above the drop zone. However, he could not avoid two bookings in the game as he was given his marching orders in the second half.