The African 11 of the week from September 13 to 20


PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mama Baldé (Guinea-Bissau – Troyes)

Author of two goals and an assist, Mama Baldé was the great architect of the great success of Troyes in Clermont (1-3), Sunday on behalf of the eighth day of Ligue 1. Particularly sharp and effective since his replacement in the centre, the Bissau-Guinean international is having the best start to the season of his career, with already 5 goals and 3 assists to his name.

“Since the start of the season, Mama (Baldé) has been efficient, greeted Aube coach Bruno Irles after the game. I was disappointed with his last season but since the preparation he has shown some interesting things. Today, his qualities are at the service of the collective. (…) Finally Mama is one of the good surprises, it’s up to him to confirm. » In the meantime, Mama Baldé has contributed greatly to the good tenth place occupied by ESTAC.

The 11 African type of the week (4/4/2)

Goalkeeper: Yehvann Diouf (Senegal – Reims)

Preferred to Patrick Pentz in the Reims goal, Yehvann Diouf was able to make people forget the Austrian international. Admittedly, the Franco-Senegalese could not alone avoid the defeat of his team against Monaco (0-3), but he delayed the deadline for 47 minutes, notably succeeding in a superb double save in front of Embolo then by Ben Yedder. A rather successful first.

Right side: Hamari Traoré (Mali – Rennes)

Although warned from the start (7th), Rennes captain Hamari Traoré delivered a very good performance on Sunday on the lawn of Olympique de Marseille (1-1). Voluntary and available in his right lane, the Malian international provokes the goal against his camp of Guendouzi by his powerful center. The former Jean-Marc Guillou Academy in Bamako remains one of the most regular elements of his team.

Central defender: Mouctar Diakhaby (Guinea – Valencia)

Valencia’s clear victory over Celta Vigo (3-0) owes a lot to Mouctar Diakhaby. Authoritative in his interventions, just in his placement, the player trained at Olympique Lyonnais succeeded in a boss match, putting in his pocket the usually formidable Iago Aspas. Former French international Espoirs, this Franco-Guinean opted for the national Syli and experienced his first capes last June.

Central defender: Montassar Talbi (Tunisia – Lorient)

Arrived this summer from Rubin Kazan, Montassar Talbi is asserting himself as one of the good defensive pickaxes of the season in Ligue 1. In Auxerre, the Tunisian international reigned in the axis of his defense, with six successful clearances, and succeeded in rewards a decisive pass, with a well-felt header for the Nigerian Terem Moffi. A full match for anyone applying for a starting spot with the Carthage Eagles at the World Cup.

Left-back: Jordan Zemura (Zimbabwe – Bournemouth)

Holder on the left flank of the Bournemouth defense, Jordan Zemura made a clean copy of Newcastle (1-1). Impressive in the second half, it was he who delivered the small well-felt center for Billing on his own goal. The first assist of the season for the man who played his first CAN last January with the Zimbabwe Warriors.

Right attacking midfielder: Adam Ounas (Algeria – Lille)

Arrived at the very end of the transfer window, Adam Ounas is finding his marks in Lille. Against Toulouse (2-1), the Algerian winger showed remarkable technical quality. Just in dodging and in the passing game, the former African champion gave the defenders of the Violets a bad evening. And what about his goal, scored with a masterful pivot volley.

Defensive midfielder: Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria – Angers)

Faced with Niçois reduced to ten from the ninth second of play, Angers quickly took a certain ascendancy in the midfield. A physical domination rewarded just before the break by the goal of Nabil Bentaleb, which will be the victory (0-1). Wearing the captain’s armband, the one who was recalled to the Algerian selection after four years of absence hit the mark with a dry strike from outside the penalty area.

Defensive midfielder: Abdelhamid Sabiri (Morocco – Sampdoria)

Called up for the first time in the Moroccan national team by Walid Regragui, Abdelhamid Sabiri celebrated this as it should against La Spezia. With a masterful strike, this former German international U23 put his people on the right track. An opening of the score which will not be enough to avoid a defeat, but will allow its author to open his counter in Serie A.

Left attacking midfielder: Dango Ouattara (Burkina Faso – Lorient)

We no longer stop Dango Ouattara. Still irresistible in Auxerre, the Burkinabè found the fault from the quarter of an hour by cutting a cross perfectly. Author of devastating accelerations, the former Majestic FC then saw the VAR deprive him of a double. With already 4 goals and 5 assists in eight games, the CAN semi-finalist panics all the counters.

Forward striker: Mohammed Kudus (Ghana – Ajax Amsterdam)

What would Ajax Amsterdam do without Mohammed Kudus? The Ghanaian striker scored the only goal for the Dutch champions, beaten Sunday by AZ Alkmaar (2-1). If he did not save the Lancers from defeat, this goal, scored on their first opportunity, saw the former Right to Dream Academy score for the sixth time in five successive games. A performance that even Sébastien Haller failed to achieve last season.

Forward striker: Mama Baldé (Guinea-Bissau – Troyes)

Author of two goals and an assist, Mama Baldé was the great architect of the great success of Troyes in Clermont (1-3), Sunday on behalf of the eighth day of Ligue 1. Particularly sharp and effective since his replacement in the centre, the Bissau-Guinean international is having the best start to the season of his career in Ligue 1, with already 5 goals and 3 assists to his name.

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