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

Mohamed Salah Roberto Firmino Liverpool 2022.
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GOAL takes a look at how various players from the continent fared with their teams in their respective leagues
  1. Review of Africans in Europe
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    Review of Africans in Europe

    As the season concluded, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez emerged as the Premier League champion, while Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha recorded yet another career milestone, stat-wise.

  2. Too Good: Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
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    Too Good: Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

    Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot award for the 2021-22 season as he scored his 23rd goal in the 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

    The Egyptian – level with Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min – scored 23 goals from 35 appearances and won the trophy for the third time.

    He also ended the Premier League season with 13 assists and consequently won the Premier League’s Playmaker award.

    Meanwhile, Sadio Mane played a critical role in the season’s finale when he scored to equalize for Liverpool after an early setback.

    Ibrahim Konate – Mali’s prospect – and Guinea’s Naby Keita, as well as Cameroon’s Joel Matip – who provided an assist for Salah-  were involved.

  3. Too Good: Franck Kessie
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    Too Good: Franck Kessie

    The Ivorian featured as AC Milan defeated Sassuolo 3-0 to claim the Serie A title on Sunday.

    Kessie scored the third goal for Milan after Olivier Giroud had already claimed a brace as they lifted the trophy on the final day.

    It had been a season-long battle between Milan and Inter Milan, and the Rossoneri only needed a point to lay their hands on the title – their first one since the 2010/11 season – although they had a two-point lead over Inter and a better head-to-head record, which could have been the tiebreaker.

  4. Too Good: Joe Ayodele-Aribo and company
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    Too Good: Joe Ayodele-Aribo and company

    Nigeria’s Aribo, Calvin Bassey, and Leon Balogun featured as Rangers won their 137th Scottish Cup final, beating Hearts 2-0.

    Goals from substitutes Ryan Jack and Scott Wright in the first period of extra-time gave Rangers the win, as Ivory Coast’s Amad Diallo and Fashion Sakala of Zambia played too.

    Diallo was substituted in the 63rd minute before Sakala replaced Aribo in extra time.

  5. Too Bad: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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    Too Bad: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    The retired Gabon striker played as Barcelona were defeated 2-0 at home by Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal in their season-ending game.

    Consequently, Barcelona finished with their lowest La Liga points total in 14 years; they are second with 73 points, 13 behind Real Madrid, and without a trophy.

  6. Too Good: Wilfried Zaha
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    Too Good: Wilfried Zaha

    The Ivorian scored the only goal for Crystal Palace against Manchester United at Selhurst Park.

    He scored his 14th Premier League goal of the season for Palace, with only three players ever netting more for the Eagles in a single Premier League season: Chris Armstrong in 1992-93 (15), Andrew Johnson in 2004-05 (21) and Christian Benteke in 2016-17 (15).

    Zaha has also scored three league goals against Manchester United, the joint-most a player has scored against the Red Devils after playing for them in the competition [Zaha made two appearances in December 2013 - along with Danny Welbeck (three).

  7. Too Good: Zaidu Sanusi
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    Too Good: Zaidu Sanusi

    The Nigerian defender, alongside DR Congo’s Chancel Mbemba, lifted the Portugal Cup with Porto after a 3-1 victory over Tondela.

    Mehdi Taremi’s brace and a goal from Vitor Ferreira ensured Porto lifted the domestic trophy, while Tondela’s goal was scored by Neto Borges.