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Too Good, Too Bad: The Best & Worst of Africans Abroad

7:13 AM GMT 09/01/2023
Riyad Mahrez of Man City and Koulibaly of Chelsea.
GOAL reviews the continent's best performers around the world this weekend, and name a few who under-performed

African talents had a mixed bag of results as they featured in the FA Cup and Belgian Pro League, predominantly, over the weekend.

Algeria's Riyad Mahrez, in particular, grabbed the headlines after his impressive showing for Manchester City in their third-round victory against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Ghana forward Antoine Semenyo continued with his scoring form for Bristol City while Ivorian winger Wilfried Zaha and Ghana's Jordan Ayew failed to inspire Crystal Palace in the domestic competition as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Southampton.

Meanwhile, Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly had a weekend to forget as he gave away a penalty in the 4-0 defeat against Man City.

  • Ghana international Antoine Semenyo scored late on to help Bristol City.

    Too Good: Antoine Semenyo

    The 23-year-old Semenyo scored in his second successive game as Bristol City managed a 1-1 draw against Swansea City to set up a third-round replay at Liberty Stadium.

    The Black Star, who was part of the Ghana squad at the World Cup finals in Qatar, cancelled out Swansea's first-half lead courtesy of Joel Piroe after rising the highest to head home a cross from Andreas Weimann in the 75th minute at Ashton Gate Stadium.

    This was Semenyo's second goal in the new year having found the back of the net in the 1-1 EFL Championship draw against Coventry City last Sunday. He has so far managed to score four Championship goals in this campaign and provided two assists.

  • Koulibaly Chelsea 2022-23

    Too Bad: Kalidou Koulibaly

    The 31-year-old Senegal international struggled to contain the marauding Man City forwards especially in the first half when the Premier League champions raced into a 3-0 lead courtesy of goals from Mahrez, Julian Alvarez, and Phil Foden.

    Koulibaly, who joined the Blues at the start of the season from Serie A outfit Napoli, was at fault for the third goal as he failed to close in on Foden and he later gave away the penalty which Mahrez converted to make it 4-0, as Chelsea's FA Cup journey came to an end.

  • Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2022-23

    Too Good: Riyad Mahrez

    The 31-year-old Mahrez produced his best form for the Citizens after he scored two goals in the 4-0 demolition of Chelsea at the Etihad.

    His first came via a glorious 25-yard free-kick which beat Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and hit the roof of the net and he then rounded up the emphatic victory with the fourth from the penalty spot after Koulibaly had fouled Foden inside the box.

    In the Premier League, Mahrez has managed 12 appearances for Man City this term, scored two goals, and provided one assist.

  • Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

    Too Bad: Zaha & Ayew

    The Ivorian winger Zaha and Ghana's Ayew were handed starts in the third-round fixture against Southampton but they failed to help Crystal Palace, who bowed out after losing 2-1 at Selhurst Park Stadium.

    Despite the Eagles taking the lead after a well-taken effort from Odsonne Edouard, the Saints hit back through James Ward-Prowse before Adam Armstrong sealed the victory.

    Zaha and Ayew, who played for the entire 90 minutes, created little for Palace and they will now shift their focus to Premier League action.

  • Joseph Paintsil of Ghana and KRC Genk.

    Too Good: Joseph Paintsil

    The 24-year-old Ghana international continued with his fine run in the Belgian Pro League after setting up two goals as Genk came from behind to defeat Club Brugge 3-1 on Sunday.

    In the fixture at Cegeka Arena, Paintsil first assisted Carlos Cuesta with a beautifully lofted cross into the box for the Smurfs opener and he then teed up Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu with a squared pass for the second.

    He has now managed eight assists in the division from 16 matches and scored six goals.

  • Chelsea forward David Datro Fofana.

    Too Bad: David Datro Fofana

    The 20-year-old Ivorian star made the worst debut for Chelsea in the 4-0 defeat against Man City after coming on in the 46th minute for Mateo Kovacic.

    The young striker, who joined Chelsea from Norwegian champions Molde and signed a contract until 2029 with an option to extend for a further year, did little to help the Blues as their FA Cup journey ended in the third round.

    He did not have any shot on target, make any key passes, make zero tackles, and made zero interceptions, to sum up his first appearance in the Blue colours.