The African 11 of the week (from August 30 to September 06)


PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon – Lyon)

Already a scorer and decisive passer in the middle of the week against Auxerre, the Lyon striker scored again on Saturday on the occasion of the successful card against Angers (5-0). Rather twice than once, since the Cameroonian international offered himself a double, with a superb cross shot and a fox goal from the surfaces. Confusing for his vis-à-vis, the Indomitable Lion roars again after a sluggish start to the season.

Ten days ago, OL coach Peter Bosz asked for patience with Karl Toko Ekambi, who was then struggling to start his season. « He’s not having a good start to the season, but he’s not the only one, » said the Dutch technician. I have a lot of confidence. I know my players and Karl is a very, very good player. Last year, he had an incredible performance. I’m sure he will find his best level. The prediction did not take long to come true.

The 11 African guy of the week (4/3/3)

Goalkeeper: Mory Diaw (Senegal – Clermont)

Reassuring for his teammates, Mory Diaw also had the baraka to be saved twice by his bar, against Toulouse (2-0). Returning to France this summer after a long journey in the peripheral European championships, the player trained at PSG is likely to be called up to the Senegal national team by Aliou Cissé, faced with the lack of playing time of his number 2 Alfred Gomis.

Right side: Issa Kaboré (Burkina Faso – Marseille)

For his first tenure on the right flank of the Marseille defense, Saturday in Auxerre (0-2), Issa Kaboré showed that he could play understudy in this position usually occupied by French international Jonathan Clauss. Without complex, the semi-finalist of the last CAN showed the tip of the nose, with in particular a pass towards Ünder which brings the opener of the score.

Central defender: Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo – Marseille)

Permanent in our weekly eleven since its recovery, Chancel Mbemba continues the performances of excellent quality with Olympique de Marseille. Saturday in Auxerre, the Congolese international easily took the measure of the opposing attackers and offered himself the luxury of a few good offensive incursions. He asserts himself as the defensive boss of Igor Tudor’s OM.

Central defender: Montassar Talbi (Tunisia – Lorient)

If he had, like his teammates, swayed at Lens (5-2), Montassar Talbi showed a much better face during Merlus’ victorious trip to Ajaccio (0-1). Concentrated and solid, the former Espérance de Tunis was able to show authority, especially at the end of the game when he prevented Burkinabè Cyril Bayala from expressing himself in front of goal (90th).

Left-back: Daouda Guindo (Mali – St. Gallen)

It is generally a label of quality: Daouda Guindo belongs to the Red Bull galaxy, and it was on loan from Salzburg that this former Guidars FC in his native country landed in Saint-Gall this summer. On Sunday, the left-back opened his counter in the Swiss elite, helping to preserve his team’s surprise first place.

Defensive midfielder: Cheick Doucouré (Mali – Crystal Palace)

Established for the first time in the week against Brentford (1-1), Cheick Doucouré managed an almost perfect match, with 100% of aerial duels won and six successful tackles. Designated « MVP » (man of the match), the Malian international distinguished himself again during the trip to Newcastle (0-0), saving his team from defeat. Arrived this summer from Lens for a nice sum (22.6 million euros), the Eagle is adapting well to the Eagles.

Defensive midfielder: Kevin Pina (Cape Verde – Chaves)

Kevin Pina is not for nothing in the more than encouraging start to the season of Chaves, promoted this season in the Portuguese Liga. For the second consecutive meeting, the Cape Verdean neo-international succeeded against Rio Ave (1-1) with an assist. Designated man of the match, the Blue Shark gave his people some air in the midfield, with three successful dribbles and two tackles.

Midfielder: Ismaël Bennacer (Algeria – AC Milan)

At AC Milan, there are matches that count a little more than others: the Madonnina derby, against Inter, is one of them. Ismaël Bennacer rose to the challenge, achieving a harvest of balls capable of putting the Nerazzurri into orbit, winners of this clash at the top (3-2). With for example ten duels won and three successful interceptions, the Algerian international had donned the gala dress that befits major events.

Right winger: Ademola Lookman (Nigeria – Atalanta)

Scorer in his first match with Atalanta last month, Ademola Lookman is putting Dea supporters in his pocket. Monday, against Monza (2-0), the Nigerian international took matters into his own hands. It is he who puts Rasmus Hojlund for the opener shortly before the hour mark, and it is still he who believes to double the bet before seeing the goal attributed to the Brazilian Marlon against his side. Doubly decisive, the one who chose the Super Eagles this spring catapults his new club to the top of Serie A.

Forward striker: Marius Mouandilmadji (Chad – Seraing)

His name isn’t easy to remember, but he’s making a name for himself. Marius Mouandilmadji scored his second double of the season on Saturday! Already author of such a feat last month in Eupen, the « Animal » did it again on the lawn of Mechelen (2-3), while his team was behind. A penalty and a nice shot in the right corner of the goal allow this former Gazelle FC and Coton Sport de Garoua to assert himself as the best African scorer in the Jupiler League.

Left winger: Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon – Lyon)

Already a scorer and decisive passer in the middle of the week against Auxerre, the Lyon striker scored again on Saturday on the occasion of the successful card against Angers (5-0). Rather twice than once, since the Cameroonian international offered himself a double, with a superb cross shot and a fox goal from the surfaces. Confusing for his vis-à-vis, the Indomitable Lion roars again after a sluggish start to the season.

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