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

10:04 SAST 2022/08/22
Sadio Mane of Senegal and Bayern Munich.
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 majorly in the Premier League, Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 over the weekend.

Some had good days in the office as they continued with their fine start to the season while others posted a weekend they would like to forget in a hurry.

Senegal forward Sadio Mane, in particular, grabbed the headlines yet again after his impressive showing for Bayern Munich in their huge victory.

  • Mendy-Chelsea-Aaronson

    Review of Africans abroad

    Sadio Mane continued with his fine run of form since joining Bayern Munich while Wilfried Zaha handed Crystal Palace their first Premier League win of the season.

    However, it was a bad weekend for Chelsea duo of defender Kalidou Koulibaly and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after they lost to Leeds United.

    Meanwhile, Achraf Hakimi had an impressive outing for Paris Saint-Germain in their huge win against LOSC Lille.

  • Sadio Mane Bayern Munich 2022-23

    Too Good - Sadio Mane

    The 30-year-old Senegal international scored his first brace for Bayern Munich as they roared past VfL Bochum 7-0 in a Bundesliga fixture on Sunday.

    Leroy Sane opened the floodgates for the Bavarians before Matthijs de Ligt, and Kingsley Coman made it 3-0 to pave way for the Lion of Teranga who scored for a 4-0 lead at the half-time break.

    Mane then made it 5-0 from the penalty spot before an own goal by Cristian Gamboa and Serge Gnabry's effort sealed the huge win at Vonovia Ruhrstadion. Mane has now scored three top-flight goals since joining Bayern from Liverpool at the start of the season.

  • Mendy Aaronson Leeds Chelsea

    Too Bad: Edouard Mendy

    The Senegal custodian endured a frustrating afternoon at Elland Road after his howler allowed Leeds United to take the lead en-route to defeating Chelsea 3-0 in a Premier League contest on Sunday.

    The 30-year-old allowed Brenden Aaronson to snatch the ball from his feet and put Leeds ahead in the 33rd minute and from there on, the Blues collapsed as Rodrigo Moreno glanced a header for the second and Jack Harrison ensured victory for the home side in the 69th minute.

    Mendy's mistake could have been avoided had he cleared the pass from Thiago Silva, but he ended up gifting Moreno, who walked the ball home and handed Chelsea their first defeat of the season.

  • Too Good: Wilfried Zaha

    The Ivorian winger was the main destroyer as Crystal Palace rallied from a goal down to defeat Aston Villa 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

    After Villa had taken the lead courtesy of Ollie Watkins, the 29-year-old Zaha turned the game in favour of Palace after levelling matters and then scored the second from the penalty spot before Jean-Philippe Mateta sealed the emphatic win.

    While it was the Eagles' first win of the campaign, Zaha has now scored three goals, having found the back of the net in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield too.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Chelsea Leeds 2022-23

    Too Bad: Kalidou Koulibaly

    After his impressive home debut which saw him score a wonder goal against Tottenham Hotspur, Koulibaly turned villain after he failed to guide Chelsea to victory against Leeds United.

    The 31-year-old Senegal international, who joined the Blues from Serie A outfit Napoli, was sent off for an early shower in the shock 3-0 result at Elland Road.

    First, he was cautioned in the ninth minute after a blatant shirt pull on Brenden Aaronson and was dismissed by referee Stuart Attwell in the 85th minute for a second caution. Koulibaly is the first Chelsea player to be sent off in the 2022-23 campaign.

  • PSG Achraf Hakimi

    Too Good: Achraf Hakimi

    The Morocco international was among the goals as Paris Saint-Germain registered a resounding 7-1 victory against Lille in a French Ligue 1 fixture on Sunday.

    Kylian Mbappe grabbed a hat-trick, Neymar had two, Lionel Messi notched one but there was still enough space for the Atlas Lion to inscribe his name in the scoresheet with a well-taken strike at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

    Hakimi has now scored two top-flight goals in this campaign, having opened his account in the 5-0 thrashing of Clermont.

  • Eric Ouma of Kenya challenged by Thomas Ulimwengu of Tanzania.

    Too Good: Eric Ouma

    The Harambee Stars defender scored a great goal as AIK Fotboll defeated Norrkoping 4-2 in a Allsvenskan battle on Sunday.

    After goals from Yasin Ayari, Nicolas Marcelo Stefanelli, and Nabil Bahoui, the former Gor Mahia defender wrapped up the 10th victory of the season at Nya Parken when he raced with speed to meet a counter attacking cross and plant the ball into an empty net.

    Ouma has now scored two goals for AIK this season.