African Team Of The Week: Enyeama, Ideye, Umar In; Abdounner Solid In Defence

African Team Of The Week: Enyeama, Ideye, Umar In; Abdounner Solid In Defence

African stars were on duty over the weekend, and ahead this midweek's games across Europe – in the leagues and FA Cup, Completesportsnigeria.com's IZUCHUKWU OKOSI presents, The African Team Of The Week, featuring the players who were in fantastic form for their various clubs and made the continent proud in the past four days.


Vincent Enyeama (Lille, France)
Former Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, Vincent Enyeama, shades the battle for gloves in the latest installment of the Africa Team of the Week following an error that led to a Hull City goal by the man that replaced him as Nigeria's first choice keeper, Carl Ikeme despite scoring a rare goal in a 2-1 defeat.

Enyeama was in goal in Lille's 4-2 away win against Ajaccio and he posted a good performance on Saturday. He had 56 touches of the ball and his distribution rate was 66.7%. 

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Salif Sane (Hamburger 96, Germany)
Salif Sane was the Man-of-the-Match in Hamburger 96's 2-0 home win against Borrusia Moechengladbach on Friday evening at the HDI Arena.

The Senegalese central defender was solid at the back as he made five tackles, three interceptions and six clearances in his 26th Bundesliga game of the season. 

The 25-year-old committed three fouls, with one of them leading to a yellow card he bagged in the 46th minute. He played the ball five times into the opposition half, three of them finding his teammates. He completed 53 of his passes (71.7% accurate).

The defender was dominant in the air as he won eight of his aerial duels with opposition players. He had 71 touches of the ball. 

Moustapha Bayal Sall (Saint Etienne, France)

Guinea's Moustapha Bayal Sall was one of the best players on the field as Saint Etienne defeated Bastia 1-0 away on Saturday.

The Saint Etienne captain made two tackles and five clearances in the game  

Aymen Abdounner (Valencia, Spain)
Tunisia's Aymen Abdennour had a splendid game against the likes of Lionel Messi, Louis Suarez, Neymar, Ivan Rakitic and others as Barcelona's dip in form continued on Sunday with a 2-1 loss to Valencia.

Abdennour made four defensive tackles, two interceptions and six clearances for Valencia at Camp Nou. He blocked one goal-bound shot and committed one foul. The defender touched the ball 32 times and had 83.3% pass completion.       


Cheick Ndoye (Angers, France)
Second-placed Angers moved closer to confirming their European spot for next season with a 3-1 away win against Bordeaux on Saturday albeit with ten men after Ismael Traore was sent off.

Senegalese defensive midfielder Cheick Ndoye was the Man-of-the-Match at the Matmut Atlantique Stadium.

The built-like-tank midfielder scored Angers' first goal in the 61st minute. He won nine of his aerial duels with the opposition players and touched the ball 36 times.

Ndoye made four tackles, one interceptions, three clearances, and blocked one shot. He committed two fouls and completed 22 of his passes (59.1% accurate). 

Cheick Kouyate (West Ham United, England)

West Ham United pulled off a 2-2 draw away at the King Power Stadium against surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday.

Senegalese midfielder Cheick Kouyate has always been an important cog for the Hammers who are chasing a Champions League spot in the English Premier League and he was once again splendid in the game.

The Senegalese  was as stout in his defensive abilities as was boundless efforts going forward to join the team's counter attacking moves.

Kouyate made two defensive tackles, two interceptions and two clearances while two of his four shots were on target.

He made one key pass, won two aerial duels in the course of the game and completed 32 passes(75% accurate).

Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor, Turkey)
Super Eagles of Nigeria forward, Aminu Umar, was the star of the game between his team, Osmanlispor, and Godfrey Oboabona's Rizespor on Saturday at the Rize Artatuk Stadium.

The former Flying Eagles winger who was the Man-of-the-Match played for all 90 minutes in the game. He had two shots on target and made two key passes. 

The former Wikki Stars of Bauchi forward won one aerial duel and had 74 touches of the ball. He completed 47 of his passes (78.7% accurate). 

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace, England)
DR Congo nimble footed forward Yannick Bolasie scored Crystal Palace's goal in their 1-1 draw against a disappointing Arsenal side at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Aside the 81st minute strike that beat Petr Cech at the near post, Bolasie's two shots were on target. He made one key pass, won one aerial duel and had 38 touches of the ball. 

The winger had 18 pass completion and weighed in five crosses. Additionally he played two long balls but none were accurate. 


Sofiane Boufal (Lille, France)

Lille's Sofiane Boufal was the star of the evening on Saturday as Lille defeated Ajaccio 4-2.

The Moroccan forward scored a hat-trick in the game in the 19th, 74th and 84th minutes to take his goals tally in Ligue 1 to 11. 

Aside his three goals, the north African made three key passes, had 36 pass completion and touched the ball 67 times.

Boufal who is making his first appearance in the African Team of the Week launched seven crosses into the Ajaccio box. The crafty forward played three long balls and two through balls. 

Brown Ideye (Olympiakos, Greece)
Out of favour Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Brown Ideye, scored the last goal in Olympiakos' 5-0 whitewash of AEL Kalloni. The Nigerian has been instrumental this season for the Greek league champions in the just ended the 2015/2016 campaign. 

Kalloni had Nigerian-born Ugo Ukah in action for 65 minutes in the game. 
It was the 10th goal in 24 league appearances for Ideye who has not featured for the Eagles since the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa.  

Sadio Mane (Southampton, England)
Senegalese forward Sadio Mane pulled a goal back to earn a 1-1 draw against an Everton side that failed to arrest their poor form at the Goodison Park on Saturday.

Mane had a great performance. He hit four shots at the Toffee goal; two ofthem on target.  The forward made one key pass, won two of his aerial duels and had 50 touches of the ball.  He had 31 pass completion, made four crosses and two long balls (both accurate). 

Interestingly Mane also had defensive contributions in the game as he made four tackles and committed one foul.

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