Goal Africa Team of the Month: May

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Who made Goal Africa’s Team of the Month for May?

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    Edouard Mendy

    Despite suffering a head injury against Girondins de Bordeaux, Mendy was still the game’s outstanding individual as Stade de Reims won 1-0 away. He followed that up with another fine performance as Paris Saint-Germain were defeated 3-1, a win that ensured Reims ended the Ligue 1 season up in eighth.

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    Marcel Tisserand

    The centre-back ended an injury-ravaged season on a high, helping Wolfsburg keep two clean sheets—in victories over Nurnberg and Augsburg as they ended the season on a high note. The Congolese stopper has been named in Florent Ibenge’s Leopards squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

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    Mexer

    It’s been another fine—if understated—season in France for Mexer, who juggled Ligue 1 commitments with a Europa League campaign for Stade Rennais. He ended the year with a strong performance in the 2-2 draw at home against AS Monaco, before proving to be a resolute defensive barrier in victories over Strasbourg and high-flying LOSC Lille.

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    Syam Ben Youssef

    Now in his prime at 30, Ben Youssef has excelled in the Turkish top flight for Kasimpasa this term. He also found some goalscoring form in May, netting in the defeat at Kayserispor and the 1-1 draw against Konyaspor.

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    Maxwel Cornet

    There aren’t too many players who will head to the Afcon in better form than Cornet, who should help Ivorian fans forget about overlooked Gervinho.

    The winger ends the season with six goals and three assists in his last five matches, having struck doubles away at Olympique de Marseille and Nimes.

    He also scored one and provided two further assists as Caen were thumped 4-0, and Lyon should be expecting calls from potential suitors during the summer transfer window!

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    Nasser El Khayati

    Utilised in a deeper central midfield role this season, the Dutch-Moroccan attacker has been a star performer for unfashionable ADO Den Haag. He ends the Eredivisie season with 29 decisive goals contributions in 33 outings, and ended the campaign strongly.

    Notably, the former Queens Park Rangers man provided an assist as Den Haag won 2-0 away at heavyweights Feyenoord, and then netted twice as Willem II were eviscerated 6-2.

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    Hakim Ziyech

    Ziyech and Ajax were unfortunate to miss out on the Champions League final, although he did excel during the tournament’s knockout stages and scored a sensational goal to cap off a fine display in that semi-final second leg defeat by Tottenham Hotspur. There was also an assist in the Dutch Cup final victory over Willem II, and Ziyech became a double winner as Ajax clinched the title.

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    Wilfried Zaha

    It hasn’t been an immaculate season for Zaha, although he nonetheless ended the campaign with 10 goals—his best ever in a Premier League season.

    The Ivorian ended the campaign strongly, finding the net against Cardiff City before delivering an absolute masterclass—including two assists—as Bournemouth were defeated 5-3 in a thriller on the final day of the season.

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    Anthony Nwakaeme

    Mighty unfortunate to have been overlooked for the Nigeria squad at the Africa Cup of Nations, there haven’t been too many Super Eagles players who have impressed more around Europe this term.

    Nwakaeme is also in form too, having contributed three assists in four outings at the end of the Super Lig season.

    The forward was Trabzonspor’s outstanding player as they won 3-2 away at Rizespor on the final day of the campaign.

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    Stefano Okaka

    The Italo-Nigerian striker, who remains eligible for the Super Eagles, ended his six-game goal drought with a double as Udinese downed Frosinone away on May 12, doubling his Serie A tally for the season.

    He repeated the trick six days later, with a brace in a 3-2 victory at home against SPAL 2013, and Okaka surely won’t have wanted the season to have ended!

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Europa League final disappointment aside, Aubameyang still ended the season strongly, and picked up the Premier League golden boot after netting twice against Burnley on the final day.

    Those strikes came amidst a flurry for the Gabon forward, who struck seven in five in May—both domestically and in Europe.