Team of the Week
Selection of a goalkeeper was pretty easy this week. Ivory Coast international keeper Boubacar Barry not only kept a clean sheet against Westerlo but he also scored a 63rd minute penalty to help his side Lokeren win four goals to nil. Perhaps Barry was inspired by Zambian keeper Kennedy Mweene who scored a penalty against him in the Africa Cup of Nations final shoot-out!
Again Tunisian international stopper Aymen Abdennor who scored for the second game running for his Ligue 1 side Toulouse. The French club won by Abdennor’s solitary goal to nil away at Marseille.
Moving into eastern Europe and Greece we have another goalscoring defender in David Addy. He scored his side’s only goal of the game against Xanthi. Addy’s club Panaitolikos are currently in a relegation battle so it was an important three points for the Nigerian’s club.
Former Monaco defender Cédric Mongongu scored Evian’s first goal in a surprise 2-0 win against Saint-Étienne. The DR Congo player eclipsed the more celebrated duo of Max Gradel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who ended the match on the losing side.
Burundian playmaker Faty Papy makes the midfield this week. He scored APR of Rwanda’s solitary goal against Tusker of Kenya in the African Champions League this week. The reward for the Kigali based side is a two legged tie agaisnt Tunisian giants Etoile Sahel.
He’s joined in midfield by another African based player, this time from South Africa. Hlompho Kekana scored seven goals in the South African cup for Mamelodi Sundowns, his team-mates racked up another seventeen in a 24-0 victory over Powerlines.
There’s plenty of African talent in the lower leagues in England Hamza Bencherif., The 24 year old Algerian scored the only goal of the game for Notts County against Rochdale in the League One tie. Notts County are currently in a playoff place and are pushing for a place in the Championship.
As the old saying goes, anything Bencherif can do in Nottingham Seydou Kéita can do in Barcelona. The Malian international scored a marvellous goal in Barca’s 3-1 victory over Sporting Gijon.
Issiar Dia was one of Senegal’s few bright sparks during the Africa Cup of Nations and he’s transferred his good international form into his domestic side scoring for Fenerbaçhe in their 6-1 victory over Gençlerbirliği.
A familiar name for many British readers is one part of the striking partnership in this week’s team – Senegalese international Diomansy Kamara who scored a brace for Eskisehirspor in their Turkish league match.
Finishing off the XI is Dieumerci Mbokani who scored a brace for Anderlecht in their 4-0 win over Cercle Brugge. The former TP Mazembe player and DR Congo international has had a great start to the season scoring 8 goals in his first 16 games for the Belgian side.
Goal of the Week
OK, it’s not a spectacular one this week but it’s scored by a former Premier League star by the name of Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, or ‘Mido’ as he’s better known. It looks as if he’s put on a few pounds since his stint in England and it appears that he began to tire during his goal celebration but at least he’s putting the ball in the back of the net. This video is of his goal for Zamalek against Young Africans (Yanga) of Tanzania in a behind closed doors game in Cairo. The goal put Zamalek through to the next round of the CAF Champions League where they’ll face Africa Sports of Ivory Coast.
List of the Week
Eight African clubs with “Lion” in their name.
- Lion Ngoma (Cameroon)
- Heart of Lions (Ghana)
- Red Lions (Malawi)
- The Lions (Seychelles)
- East End Lions (Sierra Leone)
- Nathi Lions (South Africa)
- Eastern Lions (Zimbabwe)
- African Lyon (Tanzania)