Africans players are playing a vital role in the EPL as each team chase maximum points.
On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, the Senegalese Idrissa Gueye was in the starting line up for his team Everton and was clinical in the midfield with his solid tackles and didn’t easily give up any possession despite his team losing by 2 goals to 0 in a game his fellow African Riyad Mahrez was on the bench for Manchester City.
The African stars continued to shine on Saturday 9 February 2019. 2 of the Africans at Arsenal; Alex Iwobi the Nigerian and Mohamed Enemy the Egyptian were in the squad that faced Huddersfield, with the Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not present due to injury.
Alex Iwobi started the game for the Gunners and shined as he showed elegance in the game where he created plenty of chances, no wonder he was on the score sheet in the 16th minute while Elneny was introduced in the second half of the game where he showed he was hungry for a goal as he kept shooting at the goal. Overall he had a good game for the few minutes he played.
The Ivorian Wilfred Zaha returned to Crystal Palace’s starting line up after missing his sides game against Fulham due to suspension and his return provided the threat on the left flank and scored the all important equaliser to earn his side a point against West Ham United on Saturday while the Ghanaian Jordan Ayew was an unused substitute and Mali’s Koyate not making it into the travelling squad for Palace.
Liverpool’s African stars affoded a smile on Saturday 9 February 2019, as they help their team pocket three points after their team’s two consecutive draws in the previous weeks. The Senegalese Naby Keita and Sadio Mane together with the Egyptian Mohamed Salah all started for the Reds. Keita had a good game as his passing was brilliant and accurate, he also positioned himself at the right place at the right time.
Salah who was closely marked by Bournemouth in the first half of the game, levelled up his game in the second half as he came alive and managed to score a third goal for Liverpool. Mane who was lively on the left side giving trouble to Bournemouth, it paid dividends as he scored the opener with a fine header in the first half.
On Saturday 9th of February 2019 saw the Ivorian Eric Bailly used as a late substitute in Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Fulham while Everton with the Senegalese Idrisa Gueye lost to Watford by 1 goal to 0 on the same night. Gueye was seen switched to a defending role in the second half as he was more aggressive going forward in the first half.
On Sunday 10th of February 2019 was described as Super Sunday as big teams were set to battle it out on the field of play with the Algerian Riyad Mahrez’s Manchester City humiliated Chelsea by 6 goals to nothing. In the game Mahrez was introduced in the 68th minute replacing De Bruyne and his runs were enough to add more wounds to Chelsea’s defence as they were kept under pressure.
On the same Sunday saw the Ivorian Sergio Aurier being on the bench while Kenyan Victoria Wanyama was introduced in the second half in match for his side Tottenham Hotspur against Leicester City. Wanyama did not have a good game as he showed signs of being a little ‘rusty’. He is lacking game time of late despite his side, Spurs winning by 3 goals to 1.
The Nigerian Wilfed Ndidi was seen in Leicester City ‘s starting line up and he was brilliant in the midfield. His play was more levelled up in the second half when his team introduced Nkelechi Ihenacho, the Nigerian, and Vardy as they started aggressively attacking Spurs goal area.
Monday night’s football on 11th of February 2019, saw Ghanaian Christian Atsu starting for Newcastle United against Wolvehampton. Atsu did not have a good game as he was outplayed by the Wolves and as a result was replaced by Almiron in the 78th minute. The Senegalese Mohammed Diame was a late substitute introduced in the 84th minute for Newcastle United and the few minutes he had were not enough for him to display his abilities in a game Wolvehampton struck late to draw against Newcastle United.
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My name is Blessings Mpando from Lilongwe district born in December 1994. I am a Christian and a member of CCAP. I grew up in Lilongwe and completed my secondary education in 2010 before going on to complete my diploma in journalism at the Polytechnic Continuing Centre.