PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Felix Afena-Gyan (Ghana – AS Rome)
Felix Afena-Gyan will long remember this Genoa-AS Rome on November 21, 2021. Came into play in the 75th minute of this uncertain game, the young striker tipped the match in favor of Giallorossi. Well shifted by Mkhitaryan, the teenager opened the scoring (82nd), before signing the goal of the break on an inspired strike (90th + 4). Arrived at the club at the beginning of the year, the young Ghanaian thus signed his first goals among professionals.
After the meeting, his coach, José Mourinho, made a funny revelation. “I promised Felix that if he played a good game tonight, I would buy him a pair of shoes he loves. But it costs almost 800 euros. He scored two goals. Tomorrow, I’ll buy them from him, ”admitted José Mourinho, with a smile on his face. “When Felix Afena came in, it totally changed the dynamics of the game. We turned the ball around a lot without creating, but Felix has a different intensity and profile, ”continued the Special One, proud of his successful coaching.
The 11 African guy of the week (4/4/2)
Goalkeeper: Alfred Gomis (Senegal – Rennes)
The clear domination of Rennes over Montpellier (2-0) allowed him to spend a fairly quiet evening, but Alfred Gomis did well the little he had to do, interposing for example on the occasion of Mavydidi after the hour of play. The lining of Edouard Mendy in the Senegal national team thus keeps his clean sheet for the tenth time this season.
Right side: Hamari Traoré (Mali – Rennes)
Once again beaming in his right lane, Hamari Traoré has constantly offered solutions to his partners in the middle and in the attack. Just like this perfect cross for Martin Terrier on the opening scoring. The former resident of the Academy Jean-Marc Guillou is likely to miss his team a lot during the CAN, which he will play next January with the Eagles of Mali.
Center-back: Joseph Aidoo (Ghana – Celta Vigo)
Joseph Aidoo overall delivered a solid performance in the draw between Celta Vigo and Villarreal (1-1). With two tackles and five aerial duels won, the Ghanaian made his showdown and his head game speak. Passed by Sweden and Belgium, this former club of International Allies in the suburbs of Accra is mentored by former defender of Bayern Munich, Sammy Kuffour.
Central defender: Djené Dakonam (Togo – Getafe)
A very bad start this season in La Liga, Getafe has regained some color by crushing Cadiz (4-0). In defense, the irremovable Djené Dakonam delivered a quality performance, with a number of duels won. The former Coton Sport de Garoua in Cameroon remains, year after year, one of the most highly rated African defenders in La Liga.
Left side: Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria – Mönchengladbach)
Ramy Bensebaini played his fiftieth match with Borussia Mönchengladbach, wide winner of Greuther Fürth (4-0). Solid in the left duels of a three-way defense, the training left-back confirms his successful return to the Bundesliga, he who obtained with the Fennecs the qualification for the play-offs of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Right attacking midfielder: Opa Nguette (Senegal – Metz)
Opa Nguette marked his return to form in a beautiful way, he who had been absent for a long time last season. Entered into play in the first period, the Senegalese international changed everything. From a good sequence first (51st), then with a lobed head (71st), the former Valenciennois hit the mark twice, saving the Garnets from defeat in Bordeaux (3-3).
Central midfielder: Diadié Samassékou (Mali – Hoffenheim)
It was by taking advantage of a failed intervention by Peter Gulacsi that Diadie Samassékou opened the scoring from a corner, putting Hoffenheim on the path to success against RB Leipzig (2-0). The first goal in the Bundesliga after 62 games played, for the one who wears the captain’s armband of the Eagles of Mali and will play next January the second CAN of his career.
Central midfielder: Ibrahim Sangaré (Ivory Coast – PSV Eindhoven)
Week after week, match after match, Ibrahim Sangaré is gaining importance in the midfield of PSV Eindhoven. Good with the ball, strong in the duels, the former Toulousain scored his third goal of the season with a powerful strike. This former AS Denguélé has seen his rating rise in the Ivorian national team since the defection of Lensois Seko Fofana.
Left attacking midfielder: Sadio Mané (Senegal – Liverpool)
Good, very good Sadio Mané on Saturday against Arsenal (4-0). The Senegalese largely contributed to this ride for the Reds, opening the scoring shortly before half-time (39th), before becoming a decisive passer for his Egyptian teammate Mohamed Salah (73rd). Very moving, the vice-champion of Africa weighed with all his offensive weight on this meeting clearly dominated by his team.
Forward: Emmanuel Dennis (Nigeria – Watford)
History will remember that Manchester United’s heavy defeat at Watford (4-1) cost the Red Devils coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his post. But the other highlight of the match remains the first-rate performance of Emmanuel Dennis. Omnipresent, the Nigerian striker of the Hornets managed a double of assists on the first and third goals before closing the score for his team at the end of added time.
Forward: Felix Afena-Gyan (Ghana – AS Rome)
Felix Afena-Gyan will long remember this Genoa-AS Rome on November 21, 2021. Came into play in the 75th minute of this uncertain game, the young striker tipped the match in favor of Giallorossi. Well shifted by Mkhitaryan, the teenager opened the scoring (82nd), before signing the goal of the break on an inspired strike (90th + 4). Arrived at the club at the start of the year, the young Ghanaian thus signed his first professional goals.