BY Afeseh Apong
Exactly one week after the end of the 33rd edition of the Africa Nations Cup, many African stars who represented their countries, were back in action with their clubs over the weekend.
Most of them played influential roles in their team’s performances, in the various leagues across the world.
Ivorian International Sébastien Haller, made probably the most impacts, as his hat trick plus one further assist helped Ajax Amsterdam in their five zero bashing of Twente, in Match Day 22 of the Eredivisie. Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana was an unused substitute in that game.
In the German Bundesliga, Burkina Faso center Back, Edmond Tapsoba was phenomenal at the back for Bayer Leverkusen in their 4#2 win over Stuttgart.
In the French ligue 1, Karl Toko Ekambi continued his scintillating form, as scored for Olympique Lyonnais in their 2#0 win over nice (52 minute, assist from Tanguy Ndombele).
Nigeria’s Moses Simon, scored the lone goal for Nantes, in their one nil win over Reims in match day 24 of the french ligue 1.
Cameroon’s Jean Onana provided an assist for Bordeaux, but ended in the losing end, as they bowed two goals to three to Lens. Ignatius Ganago came in at the 62nd minute in that game for Lens.
Comoros midfielder Youssouf M’Changama played 90 minutes for his French league two side Guingamp in their one zero win over Ajaccio.
AFCON winning defender Kalidou Koulibaly played the entire game for Napoli, as they were held to a one all tie at home, by Inter Milan in match day 25 of the Serie A. Cameroon’s Zambo Anguissa came in at the 74th minute for Napoli.
Senegalese AFCON winning goalkeeper, Edward Mendy claimed his second trophy in less than a week, as he kept the goal for Chelsea in their 2#1 win over Palmeiras in the FIFA club World cup final.
Egyptian defender and AFCON finalist Mohamed Abdelmonem El-Sayed Mohamed Ahmed, played for Al Ahly of Egypt, as they defeated Al Hilal four nil to finish third in the club World cup. His Malian teammate Aliou Dieng also fresh from the AFCON with the eagles of Mali, played 66 minutes in that game.
Liverpool’s duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio mane all started for Liverpool in their one nil win over Burnley at the Turf Moore. Mane was replaced at the 67 minute, while Mohamed Salah played the entire game.
Fai Collins made his debut for Al Tai in their 3#1 win over Al Batin, with Zimbabwean forward Knowledge Musona providing two assists for Tai.
Cameroonian goalkeeper Devis Epassy was back between the sticks for OFI Crete, in their two one win over NFC Volos in match day 22 of the Greek Super League.
Moumi Ngamaleu scored the second goal for Young Boys, in their 3#1 win over Basel in match day 21 of the Swiss super league.
Burkina Faso’s AFCON star Ibrahim Blati Touré, watched from the bench as his new team Pyramids FC defeated Al Ahli Tripoli two goals to one in the CAF Confederation cup.
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