African All Stars

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

10:00 WAT 17/05/2021
Hakim Ziyech Chelsea 2020-21
Goal review the continent's best performers around the world this weekend, and name a few who under-performed

  • Hakim Ziyech Chelsea 2020-21

    Review of Africans abroad

    Hakim Ziyech didn’t have a strong outing in Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat by Leicester City, while Said Benrahma finally scored his first goal for West Ham United against Brighton & Hove Albion.

  • Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 2020-21

    Too Good: Wilfried Zaha

    When Crystal Palace found themselves 2-1 down at half-time vs Aston Villa, Roy Hodgson probably feared his side were set for a fifth defeat in six Premier League games.

    However, Zaha had other ideas, scoring his 11th league goal of the season to level for the hosts with 15 minutes to play.

    The Ivory Coast attacker has now netted two goals in his last five appearances and will be pleased to be ending the campaign on a decent note.

  • Nicolas Nkoulou - Torino

    Too Bad: Nicolas N'Koulou

    Torino were soundly beaten by Spezia in the penultimate gameweek in Serie A, leaving them in 17th place, albeit having played a game fewer than Benevento in 18th.

    N'Koulou formed part of the backline that shipped in four in the 4-1 hammering at Stadio Alberto Picco, ending a terrible week for the Turin outfit who conceded seven against AC Milan a few days earlier.

    Despite the loss, Torino remain favourites to avoid relegation owing to their game in hand.

  • Mbala Nzola Spezia

    Too Good: M'Bala Nzola

    The Angola striker scored twice in Spezia’s 4-1 result which ended a scoreless run that began in January.

    Regardless of his drought, Nzola is now up to 11 Serie A goals this term and will hope to end the year on a high when the safe outfit host Roma next week.

    Spezia’s first league win in seven appearances guarantees their league status for another year.

  • Caglar Soyuncu Hakim Ziyech Leicester Chelsea 2020-21

    Too Bad: Hakim Ziyech

    The Morocco playmaker had a tough outing for Chelsea in their 1-0 FA Cup final defeat by Leicester City on Saturday.

    Ziyech failed to gain a foothold at Wembley and received criticism from fans of the club after his ineffectual showing.

    He was replaced with Thomas Tuchel’s team chasing an equalizer which never came, and it wasn’t a happy return to the Home of Football for the North African after his semi-final heroics.

  • Said Benrahma, Tomas Soucek, Jesse Lingard, West Ham, Premier League 2020-21

    Too Good: Said Benrahma

    Having botched a huge chance to level for West Ham United in their 1-0 loss against Everton in the previous gameweek, Benrahma scored for the Hammers at Brighton & Hove Albion to snatch a late draw at the Amex on Saturday.

    Surprisingly, it was the Algeria star’s first Premier League goal for the club in his 28th appearance and the draw leaves David Moyes’ team level on points with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

    While Spurs are ahead of the Hammers on goal difference, Benrahma will hope to score a couple more goals in their run-in to secure a Europa League spot.