African All Stars

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

12:33 PM WAT 24/01/2022
Hakim Ziyech Chelsea 2021-22
GOAL reviews the continent's best performers around the world this weekend, and name a few who under-performed

  • Patson Daka of Zambia.

    Review of Africans in Europe

    Different African stars were in action across the weekend in different leagues and some, unfortunately, found themselves writing unwanted history.

  • Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea and Morocco.

    Too Good: Hakim Ziyech

    The Morocco international was in great form as Chelsea roared to a 2-0 Premier League win against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

    The 28-year-old, who did not make the Atlas Lions’ squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, scored the opener for the Blues in the 28th minute after finishing off a cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi with a beautifully curled effort before Thiago Silva made the points safe in the 55th minute.

    Ziyech has now scored three top-flight goals for Chelsea so far in this campaign after managing 13 appearances.

  • Emmanuel Dennis - Watford

    Too Bad: Emmanuel Dennis

    The Nigeria international endured a day to forget after he received his first red card in the Premier League in Watford’s 3-0 defeat against Norwich City on Friday.

    The 24-year-old was sent for an early shower in the 78th minute after entering referee Mike Dean’s book for a second bookable offence. It was the second time the 24-year-old was sent off in his career.

    He was shown a straight red card in Club Brugge’s 1-1 draw with Gent in February 2019, and his sending-off on Friday was made even worse as the Hornets suffered their 14th defeat of the season to stay in the relegation zone.

  • Patson Daka of Leicester city and the Zambia.

    Too Good: Patson Daka

    The Zambia international was on target as Leicester City battled to a 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion in a Premier League fixture on Sunday.

    The 23-year-old was at hand to smash the ball home from a rebound and put the Foxes ahead at King Power Stadium before the visiting side snatched a late draw courtesy of Danny Welbeck’s powerful header in the 82nd minute.

    Daka, who was starting in the absence of Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who currently is representing the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, has now scored four Premier League goals from nine appearances.

  • Thomas Partey Arsenal Liverpool Carabao Cup 2021-22

    Too Bad: Thomas Partey

    The 28-year-old Ghana international was sent off as Arsenal crashed out of the League Cup after losing 2-0 against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

    Despite returning on the same day from Afcon where the Black Stars had failed to make it to the Round of 16, manager Mikel Arteta named Partey on the bench and he came on for Emile Smith Rowe in the 74th minute with the Gunners trailing 1-0.

    However, his stay on the pitch lasted only 16 minutes, as he was booked twice and Diogo Jota grabbed the second to help Liverpool qualify for the final where they will face Chelsea.

  • Kenya striker Michael Olunga.

    Too Bad: Michael Olunga

    Kenya striker Michael Olunga failed to find the back of the net as Al Duhail SC suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Al-Wakrah in a Qatar Stars League fixture at Grand Hamad Stadium on Saturday.

    Heading into the game, the Harambee Star had scored in three consecutive matches for the Red Knights but he was shut out as they conceded the four goals in the second half and had their player Assim Madibo sent off.

    Olunga, who has managed 17 league goals from 14 appearances, was replaced in the 64th minute for Mohammed Muntari.