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

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African talents had a mixed bag of results as they featured majorly in the Premier League, Eredivisie and La Liga over the weekend.

Some had good days as they turned out for their new clubs after making moves in the transfer window.

Senegal goalkeeper Seny Dieng, in particular, rescued a point for Queens Park Rangers, who were on the verge of losing to Sunderland.

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    Review of Africans in Europe

    Kalidou Koulibaly made history with Chelsea as Riyad Mahrez managed a huge victory with Manchester City.

    Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Franck Kessie were unable to score as they were held to a goalless draw in La Liga by Rayo Vallecano.

    Ghana's prospect, Brian Brobbey, also had an impressive outing as he bagged an assist to help Ajax win.

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    Too Good: Kalidou Koulibaly

    The new Chelsea defender scored on his home debut against Tottenham Hotspur in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw.

    Koulibaly became the first player to score his first Premier League goal for Chelsea in a game against Spurs since Michael Essien in March 2006.

    He also scored his 14th goal in his 238th appearance while playing in Europe’s big five leagues, with all 14 coming from inside the penalty area following set pieces.

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    Too Good: Riyad Mahrez

    As Manchester City defeated Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad, Mahrez was a thorn in the opponents’ flesh all throughout the game.

    The Algerian produced two key passes and accounted for 70 passes with a passing accuracy of 92.9 percent. He managed three shots, with just one of them on target against the Cherries.

    As he was involved throughout the game, and with the win, Manchester City have now won all 11 of their Premier League matches against Bournemouth, the best 100%-winning ratio by a team against another in Premier League history.

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    Too Bad: Franck Kessie and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    The Ivorian had a bad day as his goal was ruled out when he made his Barcelona debut against Rayo Vallecano.

    After coming on for Pedri, Kessie scored from a rebound when Vallecano goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski punched Robert Lewandowski’s shot onto the Ivorian’s path.

    The former AC Milan man found the back of the net, but his goal was ruled out for offside.

    Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a silent day as he could not score as Barcelona picked up a point from the goalless draw at Camp Nou.

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    Too Good: Seny Dieng

    Dieng was the unlikely hero for QPR during their Championship match against Sunderland.

    The Senegal goalkeeper snatched a late equalizer for QPR in injury time to ensure the teams shared points after a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light.

    After conceding two goals in the first half, he made sure that his side did not finish the game empty-handed as he found the back of the net with an amazing header to level the score.

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    Too Good: Brian Brobbey

    The Ghanaian prospect registered an assist as Ajax came up 6-1 winners over Groningen in an Eredivisie clash at Johan Cruijif ArenA.

    He created the assist for Ajax’s fifth goal, which was scored by Kenneth Taylor. In their opening game of the league, the 20-year-old also had an assist against Fortuna Sittard.

    Without a loss so far, Ajax are at the top of the table.