Some 29 African professionals in France are proudly part of the five teams topping the French Ligue 1 by the 18th round. Pole position holders LOSC Lille enjoy the services of seven Africans including the league’s top scorer Moussa Sow, while Paris Saint Germain, which tie Lille with 31 points have five Africans contributing to their climb.
Stade Rennais, third on league table, have five Africans in their awesome outfit, while Olympique Lyonnais and Marseille indispensably count on two and ten African players respectively.
On Saturday, Auxerre plucked a vital away draw against Montpellier thanks to a 76th minute equaliser from Burkina Faso's 22-year-old international Alain Traoré.
Sochaux would have suffered a bitter home defeat had Nigeria international and rising star Brown Ideye not levelled for the Lionceaux moments before recess – a score the home side battled to conserve until the end of the meeting.
Five African players are among the ten top scorers of Ligue 1, namely Moussa Sow of Senegal, who’s current top scorer with 13 goals. Morocco international Youssef el Arabi is third on the list with 10 goals.
With eight goals on the counter, Nigeria’s Ideye Brown of Sochaux comes in fourth position, while Ivorian Lille’s forward Gervinho is eightieth best scorer with seven goals. Mali’s Modibo Maiga of Sochaux closes the list of the French Ligue 1 top ten scorers, with six goals.
RC Lens–SM Caen and Lille-Nancy matches were postponed due to bad weather.