Afro Euro Round-up: Pepe opens account, Ninga on fire

Afro Euro Round-up: Pepe opens account, Ninga on fire

In England, Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe opened his goal account on Sunday, as his side Arsenal saw off the challenge of visiting Aston Villa 3-2 at Emirate Stadium, with Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the winner late in the game.

It was another exciting and prolific weekend for African professionals in Europe as clubs begin positioning themselves in their respective leagues.

Unknown to many in France, Casimir Ninga became a hot talking point in Ligue 1 on Sunday after scoring a hat trick within 11 minutes to help his club Angers overcome an early scare from Saint Etienne 3-2. The 26-year-old Chadian formerly played for Montpellier and Caen.

After scoring his second goal for Nantes last week, Mali international Kalifa Coulibaly found the back of the net once more during the weekend but Strasbourg came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory.

In Germany, Amine Harit was the hero for Schalke 04, who claimed a late 2-1 win at home over Mainz 05 in Bundesliga, thanks to the 22-year-old Morocco midfielder, who has three goals and one assist to his credit so far this term.

In Spain, Getafe were one of the winning sides in La Liga during the weekend, as they crushed visitors Mallorca 4-2, with Allan Nyom of Cameroon scoring the third goal.

In Italy, Ivory Coast U23 international Christian Kouame, fetched the consolation for his side Genoa who lost 3-1 to Cagliari in Serie A on Friday.

Senegal striker Krepin Diatta helped Club Brugge to claim full points in Belgium Pro League when they edged rivals Anderlecht 2-1 on Sunday, with the 22-year-old scoring the winner.

Another Senegalese in Belgium, Ibrahima Seck, spared his side Zulte Waregem blushes at home by scoring one of the goals against Gent as the meeting ended in a 2-2 stalemate.


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