Africans in the English Premier League update.
African players were back for action with their clubs in the EPL from Friday 22 February to Sunday 24 February 2019 after a week break as they paved way for FA cup games on the weekend of 16 to 17 February 2019.
Friday February 22, 2019 saw the Senegalese Issa Diop being in the starting line up for his team West Ham United as they played against Fulham. Diop had a good game in defence for his side keeping on check Fulham’s Babel and was a threat to Fulham when going forward for his side on set pieces no wonder he scored West Ham’s second goal of the night in a game West Ham defeated Fulham by 3 goals to 1.
More Africans displayed their talent in the EPL on Saturday 23 February 2019. The Ivorian Sergio Aurier was seen in the starting line up while the Kenyan Victor Wanyama was in used substitute in a game Tottenham Hotspur lost Burnley by 2 goals to 1.
In the match, the Ivorian Aurier looked to be lacking confidence and did not recognize when to pass, dribble or cross the ball and made a huge error by giving back the ball to Burnley in the middle of his own half which led to Burnley scoring the second goal.
Ghanaian Christian Atsu’s Newcastle United defeated Huddersfield by 2 goals to 0 in a game Atsu started on the bench only to be introduced in the 81st minute and the little minutes he had, the Ghanaian managed to put ice on the cake for Newcastle United as he partnered well with Kennedy which frustrated Huddersfield more.
In Leicester City’s game against Crystal Palace the same Saturday, saw the Ivorian Wilfred Zaha starting the match for his side Crystal Palace while the Ghanaian Jordan Ayew and the Senegalese Cheikhou Kouyate were on the bench.
The Ivorian Zaha had a good game overall as he partnered well with Van Aanholt on the left side a thing that made him make more forward runs no wonder he scored a brace in a match palace defeated Leicester City by 4 goals to 1.
The introduction of the Senegalese Kouyate for Palace in second half stiffened up the middle of the pack which made life difficult for Leicester City as he won tackles and provided good cover to the back 4 and the Ghanaian Jordan Ayew should be a happy person baking managed an assist the 5 minutes he was given to play.
The Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi who plays for Leicester City had a bad day in office as he failed to win and distribute balls for his team and was seen in most cases being at wrong places which made him always to be chasing for the ball while his country men Ihenacho who was introduced in the 74th minute failed to partner well with Vardy to trouble Crystal Palace defence.
Sunday 24 February 2019 was described as Super Sunday as 2 big sides of the EPL, Manchester United and Liverpool had to battle for three points.
On the day, the Ivorian Eric Bailly was in used substitute for Manchester United while the Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Senegalese Sadio Mane started for Liverpool with the Senegalese Naby Keita being on the bench.
Both Salah and Mane did not have a good day as they failed to find a goal for their side.
The Senegalese Mane was able to make runs on the left side but frustrated his team mates when in possession as he could either pass the ball earlier or late than necessary , while for the Egyptian Salah it wasn’t just his day as he could find himself in good scoring positions but failed to score and his free kicks were very poor on the day Manchester United and Liverpool shared points after a goalless draw.
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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.