The new season is upon us, and as ever, Africa's players across the world wasted little time in making headlines this campaign. Here are five who impressed the team at KweséESPN this weekend. Victor Moses: A new season means a clean slate for many ...
The new season is upon us, and as ever, Africa's players across the world wasted little time in making headlines this campaign.
Here are five who impressed the team at KweséESPN this weekend.
Victor Moses: A new season means a clean slate for many players, but we suspect there will have been one or two Chelsea fans who won't have forgotten Moses's moment of madness in the FA Cup final in May.
On that occasion, the Nigeria wideman was the villain as his mindless dive saw him dismissed, leaving the Blues a man down against rivals Arsenal, and ultimately on course to miss out on the double.
Just over two months on, and Moses was back at Wembley, again opposing the Gunners.
This time, however, his contribution was positive, as he capitalised after Arsenal failed to clear their lines and finished past Petr Cech from close range early in the second half.
Obviously, the Pensioners lost the match, so Moses's goal was for naught on the day, but it will at least have helped him win over some of the Chelsea supporters who had trouble forgetting his regrettable simulation back in May.
Clinton N'Jie's stock has fallen dramatically in recent seasons.
He flopped at Tottenham Hotspur after making a move from Olympique Lyonnais in 2015, and then hardly set the world alight on loan at Olympique de Marseille last term.
The Cameroon international - who's also fallen down the pecking order with the national side - only managed four goals on loan at OM during the whole of last term, but already managed half of that tally after coming on as a substitute halfway through Marseille's Ligue 1 opener against Dijon on Sunday.
After replacing Dimitri Payet at the break, N'Jie needed just six minutes to open the scoring before adding Marseille's third 21 minutes later.
It was an auspicious start to the campaign for a player who has much to prove.
Famara Diedhiou was under pressure to perform before he'd even pulled on a Bristol City shirt for the first time.
The Robins have had two lethal frontmen to thank for staying afloat in the Championship in the last two campaigns, with Jonathan Kodjia in 2015-16 and Tammy Abraham last season each taking responsibility for firing the Bristolians away from the dropzone.
This season, it's Diedhiou's turn, after the Senegal frontman moved to Ashton Gate for a club-record fee from Angers.
He opened his account in Saturday's 3-1 triumph over Barnsley, and while midfielder Bobby Reid stole the headlines with a double, the new boy will have been relieved to have broken his duck so soon into his City career.
Sol Bamba: Once upon a time, Bamba was the joke of African football, and was discarded completely by then-Ivory Coast boss Herve Renard.
In Neil Warnock, however, he's found a boss who appreciated his qualities and knows how to get the best out of him.
Bamba is right at home in the Championship where, alongside Sean Morrison and Bruno Ecuele Manga, he forms on third of Cardiff's back three.
The Ivorian was influential as the Bluebirds began their campaign with a 1-0 away win at Burton Albion, ending the contest as the game's outstanding player.
If he can continue in this vein of form, don't expect the Welsh club to have any more relegation concerns this season.
Benjamin Moukandjo: To say that Cameroon's Africa Cup of Nations-winning campaign has been a hit in China since moving to the Far East would be an understatement.
Reportedly coveted by sides in England, Moukandjo opted to sign for Jiangsu Suning FC when he left Lorient, and has already made a big impression.
He scored two and contributed one assist in his first two matches for his new club - both victories - and while the winning run ended this weekend with a 2-2 draw at home against Christian Bassogog's Henan Jianye, Moukandjo was once again influential.
He scored one and contributed another assist, and the only great shame is that he won't be demonstrating his class in one of the world's major leagues this season.
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