African Leagues Team Of The Week: Shikabala Assists Help Zamalek To An Important Win

The Egyptian striker was one of many players who shined during the past week.
Jassem Khalloufi (Sfaxien - Tunisia)

The young goalkeeper put in an excellent performance in his team's 1-1 draw away to Ahly Benghazi in the UNAF Cup Winners' Cup final and made some impressive stops to keep a surging home team at bay until the very end of the game. Most impressive was his penalty save in the game which helped to spare his team a defeat.

Siam Ben Youssef (Esperance - Tunisia)

The Bastia product has settled in quite nicely with the Tunisian champions, as evidenced by him locking up a starting place just a few months after his arrival. In the UNAF Champions Cup final his side were a goal down going into the final 10 minutes when he popped up to score the the crucial equaliser before the return leg in Rades. Ben Youssef was also one of the reasons why Setif's main threat, Abdelmalek Ziaya, did not get off the mark. The 21-year-old's outing was so impressive that it has even earned him a call-up at national team level with Tunisia.

Morgan Gould (SuperSport United - South Africa)

The Bafana defender stood out as one of the best players on the pitch as SuperSport United beat Jomo Cosmos 3-0 at Loftus Stadium, and also managed to get his name on the score sheet. He has been consistent throughout the season and is deserving of his spot in the South African national team.

Abid Sadalla (Zanzibar)

The Zanzibarian captain has been inspirational for his team during the recently-completed CECAFA Senior Challenge tournament in Nairobi. He not only guided the inexperienced squad to third place in a championship containing tough teams like Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya, but also scored from a free-kick to earn sweet revenge against Kilimanjaro Stars, who had beaten them by a similar margin in the group stages.

Samuel Affum (Hearts of Oak - Ghana)

It was the first meeting of the season for Ghana’s league rivals, Hearts of Oak and Kotoko, and a 21st minute goal by Samuel Affum aggravated the woes of Kotoko, who have failed to win any of their last three games. It makes for an interesting second leg as defending champions Hearts travel to the Kumasi – the home of Kotoko.

Feham Bouazza (ES Setif - Algeria)

Before the match all the talk regarding the "Black Eagles" was about their highly coveted forward, Ziaya, but it was a midfielder, Bouazza, who ended up stealing the spotlight by scoring a fantastic free kick to open the scoring for his side against the visiting Tunisian Champions. Setif may not have won the game, but the goal was pure class from the 23-year-old.

Tlou Segolela (Bloemfontein Celtic - South Africa)

The speedy winger had an outstanding game in making sure a 10-man Bloemfontein Celtic shared the spoils with Kaizer Chiefs. His pace and skill denied the Amakhosi full-backs space to assist the attack. Segolela was voted Man of the Match despite the fact he had been a doubtful starter due to a niggling injury.

Shikabala (Zamalek - Egypt)

The Egyptian player has been going through some rough times this season but it appears that the arrival of Hossam Hassan as coach has had a positive effect on him. On Saturday Shikabala benefited greatly from his coach's decision to employ him as a winger rather than a playmaker and ended up handing out two assists in his team's much needed 3-0 win over El Masri.

Katlego Mphela (Sundowns - South Africa)

Once again the Bafana striker got on the score sheet, helping his side to a 3-0 away win over Amazulu in the South African PSL. The forward has been in incredible form and he deserves to be honoured once again this weekend, adding further to his fantastic goal tally, which now sees him having scored 15 this season, five ahead of the next best in the charts, Calvin Kadi.

Ifeanyi Frederick Onuigbo (Al Ahly Benghazi - Libya)

The pacey Nigerian was a constant thorn in the side of CS Sfaxien in Libya last week and could have scored a few times but was denied by the opposing keeper. Nevertheless, he brought danger with many of his moves, and even earned a penalty which was ultimately missed. A good showing from the West African regardless and someone Sfaxien will have to pay special attention to in the reverse fixture.

Dominic Da Silva (Sfaxien - Tunisia)

The Mauritanian striker is no stranger to this list and he's once again gracing it with his presence thanks to an all important away goal in Libya against Ahly Benghazi, which gave his team the lead after they had struggled to keep up with the home side for long spells. They eventually conceded an equaliser but thanks to Da Silva they have every chance of winning the UNAF Cup trophy in Sfax. Africa