Africans to watch this weekend

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  • Cedric Bakambu - Beijing Guoan 2019Getty

    Cedric Bakambu

    Bakambu netted four goals in Beijing Guoan’s 5-2 thrashing of Chongqing Dangdai on Tuesday, which took his league tally to seven for the season.

    The forward ought to feature for the second-placed Guoan when they face off with Wuhan Zall in third this weekend.

    Given Bakambu leads the scoring charts after eight games, he’ll want to maintain his lead atop the standings at the end of gameweek nine.

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    Stephane M'Bia

    The midfielder made his fourth league appearance in Shanghai Shenhua’s 4-1 defeat at home by leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.

    That loss was the Shanghai side’s third of the season, and they’ve now picked up one win in their last five league matches.

    M’Bia will hope to retain his place in the side when they travel to Shenzhen Kaisa, who have secured seven points from their last nine after a poor start to the season.

    A defeat for the visitors would see Shenzhen leapfrog them in the table.

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    Andre Ayew

    The Ghana striker should play in Swansea City’s trip to lowly Newport County in a game they’re expected to dominate.

    Newport are a League Two side and should be no match for the Swans on Saturday at Rodney Parade, although cup competitions tend to throw unexpected results from time to time.

    It’ll be up to Ayew and co. to make sure they sail through their First Round tie in the competition.

  • Britt Assombalonga, Middlesbrough

    Britt Assombalonga

    Middlesbrough face off with Shrewsbury Town in the First Round of the EFL Cup seeking to make the most of their favourites tag against the League One outfit.

    Assombalonga ought to feature for Boro as they strive to carry their good pre-season form into competitive games.

    The forward, in particular, has been in fine form in wins over Plymouth Argyle and recently Newcastle United where he scored a brace as the Championship side thrashed the Premier League team 5-1.

    Having netted the only goal in the win over Plymouth, Assombalonga will want to make it three in a row vs Shrewsbury on Friday.

  • Bright Osayi-Samuel QPR 2019-20Getty Images

    Bright Osayi-Samuel

    Given Eberechi Eze’s departure for Crystal Palace, the onus will be on players like Osayi-Samuel to pick up the mantle and lead Queens Park Rangers in 2020/21.

    The Anglo-Nigerian winger is expected to feature in some capacity in the West London outfit’s League Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday lunchtime.

    Will the attacker thrive in QPR’s first competitive encounter without the talented Eze in the side?