the 11 African of the week in Europe (from 17 to 24 May)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Franck Kessié (Ivory Coast – AC Milan)

He had to participate in the scudetto party. Before his last match with AC Milan, Franck Kessié signed the last bouquet, the 3-0, with a dry shot from the inside left under the bar. What better way to say goodbye to this club whose colors the Ivorian wore for five years and which gave him a new dimension?

If the supporters, disappointed to see him yield to Barça’s insistence court, have not always been kind to him in recent weeks, Franck Kessié has given them their own dance step, in coupé-décalé mode, on the occasion of the celebration of this nineteenth national title. The streak, which quickly went viral, sees him exit the Rossoneri at a good pace.

The 11 African type of the week (4/4/2)

Goalkeeper: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Ghana – St. Gallen)

Lawrence Ati-Zigi kept a good watch during Saint-Gall’s victory over Lausanne (4-0). Saved by VAR from the only goal against, the former Sochaux kept a clean sheet for the eighth time this season. This 25-year-old goalkeeper, who hails from the Ghanaian branch of the Red Bull galaxy, played in the last CAN and is applying for a spot in the Black Stars group, which will play in Qatar for the fourth World Cup in their history.

Right: Hamari Traore (Mali – Rennes)

Hamari Traoré wanted to end the season with a qualification in the Champions League. Held down in Lille (2-2), Stade Rennais failed to achieve this goal, but their captain made an excellent copy and was involved in both of his team’s goals. Second in the Marc-Vivien Foé prize for the best player in Ligue 1, the former Academy Jean-Marc Guillou from Bamako completes his best practice in the French elite (3 goals, 10 assists).

Centre-back: Joel Matip (Cameroon – Liverpool)

Joël Matip closes the season well. Facing eye-catching Wolves, the usually well-placed German-Cameroonian won most of his duels, before coming into his own with the pass to Mohamed Salah’s goal. His coach, Jürgen Klopp, knows he can count on him. To the point of establishing him alongside Virgil Van Dijk in the Champions League final next Saturday?

Centre-back: Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal – Napoli)

Even in a match without great intensity, don’t count on Kalidou Koulibaly doing business by half. The statistics of the Neapolitan victory in La Spezia (0-3) retain from the start the decisive pass for the opener of Matteo Politano and the few duels won. The African champions should not be short of admirers as the transfer window opens.

Left side: Souleyman Doumbia (Ivory Coast – Angers)

In a game at the end of the season with no commitment for either team, Souleyman Doumbia had fun and showed his qualities as a counter-attacker against Montpellier (2-0). The Franco-Ivorian was very comfortable in his left lane and finished on a good note. Appeared three times with the Elephants, his last roster is in October 2019.

Right Midfield: Martin Hongla (Cameroon – Hellas Verona)

Founded for the last meeting of the season on the Lazio grounds, Martin Hongla took the opportunity to open his Serie A counter, scoring the equalizing goal at the end of a distant game (3-3) . Author of a good record for this feat, the former Nkufo Academy has established a great year as an undisputed holder in the Cameroon national team.

Central midfielder: Seko Fofana (Ivory Coast – Lens)

The greats of Europe have checked him out on their tablets, and his name is circulating both at PSG and OM: Seko Fofana embodies like no other the fighting spirit and the virtues of RC Lens, author of a hard-fought draw against AS Monaco (2-2 ). The Franco-Ivorian was very close to scoring in this encounter, ending a very prosperous week that started with the Marc-Vivien Foé prize awarded by RFI and France 24 to the best African player in the Ligue 1.

Central midfielder: Franck Kessié (Ivory Coast – AC Milan)

He had to participate in the scudetto party. Before his last match with AC Milan, Franck Kessié signed the last bouquet, the 3-0, with a dry shot from the inside left under the bar. What better way to say goodbye to this club whose colors the Ivorian wore for five years and which gave him a new dimension?

Left Midfield: Mahmoud Kahraba (Egypt – Hatayspor)

It was about time: last January on loan from Al-Ahly, Mahmoud Kahraba waited for his last match in the Hatayspor colors to give his best. As a decisive double passer, the Egyptian attacking midfielder then scored his third goal against Giresunspor (4-1). Enough to return to Cairo in a good way.

Attacker: Andy Delort (Algeria – Nice)

If OGC Nice won a jump seat in the European Cup in extremis (the Europa League Conference play-offs to be precise), the Riviera club owes it entirely to Andy Delort, author of an express hat-trick in Reims where his team trailed 2-0. Scorer on penalty, from the left and then from the head, the Algerian international in reserve from the Fennecs showed the diversity of his arsenal.

Attacker: Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco – Hatayspor)

Ayoub El Kaabi closed his first exercise in Turkey on Sunday with a double in Hatayspor’s win over Giresunspor (4-1). The former RS ​​Berkane, launched by Hervé Renard with Morocco at the 2018 World Cup, concluded the season with a convincing second place in the Süper Lig score list, with 18 goals.

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