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African stars to watch this weekend in Europe



This weekend, several African stars will be in action for their various clubs in Europe as football returns to the centre stage.

The star match in the English Premier League on Sunday between Arsenal and Liverpool will have Ghanaian midfielde maestro, Thomas Partey squaring up against Egyptian captain, Mohamed Salah.

Other African players will also be involved in leagues other parts of Europe from the Bundesliga to the Serie A, La Liga, French Ligue 1, Dutch Eredivisie, Belgian Jupiler and other leagues seen by many as less fancied.

Africannewswatch brings you a preview of top African soccer stars to watch this weekend.

Thomas Partey – Arsenal

Thomas Partey was voted as Arsenal’s Man of the Match in the North London derby when he scored a superb goal in the 3-1 demolition of Tottenham last Saturday.

Thomas Partey celebrates his wonder goal against Spurs (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Thomas Partey celebrates his wonder goal against Spurs (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Barring any last minute injury, the Ghanaian star will be on from the start when the red-hot Gunners take out out of sort Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.

Partey was left on the bench on Thursday as the league leaders steamrolled Bodo/Glimt 3-0 in the Europa League tie Mikel Arteta wanted to keep him fresh given how injury-prone the midfield enforcerhas become of late. But a fit Partey will be crucial to Arsenal as they hope to make it eight wins in nine games maintain their top spot on the table.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Chelsea

The ex-Gabon striker is gradually settling into the Chelsea set up and opened his Premier League and Champions League goal accounts for the Blues in their last two games.

The former Arsenal captain surprised many when he moved back to the EPL to join Chelsea after a not so rosy spell at Barcelona.

Aubameyang is back to his element (Photo Credit: Chelsea FC)

Aubameyang is back to his element (Photo Credit: Chelsea FC)

If Aubameyang is to be judged on the back of his performances against Crystal Palace and AC Milan, then it will be safe to say he is back to his old self where he painted the league with goals while with Arsenal.

As the Blues host Wolverhampton Wanderers who are still without a manager after Bruno Lage was fired last week, Aubameyang should have plenty of joy by getting his groove back.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – Napoli

Napoli’s Cameroonian midfielder, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, is unarguably the most inform player in the Italian Serie A, posting class performances every match day.

Despite being a deep lying defensive shield, Anguissa has taken his game to another level this season both in the league and in the Champions League with his stand out performances against Liverpool and Ajax showing just how good he is going forward.

Zambo Anguissa is doing great things at Napoli (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Zambo Anguissa is doing great things at Napoli (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The defensive midfielder has added another dimension to his game in 2022-23 by not just sitting in front of the defence but makes driving runs forward which have yielded three goals and five assists in all competitions, his best ever tally in a season.

As second-from-bottom Cremonese comes visiting on Sunday, all eyes will be on the Cameroonian to once again be the star attraction as Napoli seek to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and stay top of the Seria A table.

Inaki Williams – Athletic Club Bilboa

New Ghana international forward, Inaki Williams is in incredible form at the moment and scored his third La Liga goal last weekend when Athletic Bilbao hammered Almeria 4-0.

Williams also set a record as he made his 230 consecutive league matches for Bilbao in a game where his brother, Nico, also scored, the second time the two would be on the score sheet in the same match.

Inaki Williams continues to shine for Bilbao (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Inaki Williams continues to shine for Bilbao (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

As Athletic takes on struggling Sevilla on Saturday, the high flying Williams will be expected to put in another great shift as the Basque side have a chance to go level on points with Barcelona and Real Madrid with a win.

Sadio Mane – Bayern Munich

After going six matches without a goal, Senegal forward Sadio Mane put up a nan of the match display against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League with a goal and assist on Wednesday.

He also broke his goal drought in the Bundesliga when he scored against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend and having gotten his groove back, the Afcon winner should be on song as Bayern München welcome rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in what is unarguably the biggest tie in Germany.

Mane who has a reputation as a big-game player, will have his first taste of Der Klassiker and will be expected to rise to the occasion as he always does in big games.

Alex Iwobi – Everton

This season, Nigerian star Alex Iwobi had rediscovered his form and is one of the sure starters in Frank Lampard’s Everton team list.

Last weekend, Iwobi put up another Man of the Match display, drawing rave reviews after he set up Dwight McNeil’s winner in the 2-1 win against Southampton.

Alex Iwobi is now Everton's main man (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Alex Iwobi is now Everton’s main man (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Everton has Manchester United to deal with on Sunday and with the Red Devils still smarting from last weekend’s 6-3 humiliation they suffered at the hands of neighbours Manchester City, Iwobi and company will have to be at their best to come out unstuck.

But with United being out of sorts in recent times, Iwobi should find joy running things in midfield.

Ademola Lookman – Atalanta

Nigerian winger, Ademola Lookman was the hero last time out when he scored the only goal as second-placed Atalanta defeated Fiorentina to keep pace with Napoli.

Ademola Lookman of Atalanta (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Ademola Lookman of Atalanta (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

As Atalanta take on red-hot Udinese on Saturday, the Nigeria international and his Atalanta teammates would do themselves a whole lot of good by churning out a good result as a win could see them topping the league, albeit for a few hours, while a loss will see them plummet to the fifth position.


Kenya’s Edwin Kibet wins 2023 Lagos City Marathon



Kenyan long distance runner, Edwin Kibet Koech, has won the 8th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon held in Nigeria on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Kibet finished the 42km race in two hours, 14 minutes and six seconds to beat Ethiopia’s Dekeba Shefa and fellow Kenyan, Bernard Sang, who finished second and third respectively.

For his feat, Kibet took home the grand prize of $50,000, while Shefa and Sang carted home $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

In the female category, Alemenseh Guta of Ethiopia was the first woman to cross the finish line, with compatriot Kebene Urisa and Kenya’s Naomi Maiyo coming second and third respectively.

The annual event sponsored by one of Nigeria’s elite financial institutions, Access Bank, was recently upgraded by the world athletics body to a gold label, meaning that the winners of both the men and women’s races have also qualified for the marathon events at the 2024 Olympics scheduled for Paris, France.

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Nigerian tech billionaire, Dozy Mmobuosi, set to acquire Sheffield United in £90m deal



A Nigerian tech billionaire, Dozy Mmobuosi, is reportedly on the verge of acquiring English football club, Sheffield United, in a deal said to be in the region of £90 million.

Sheffield United which is in the English championship, is likely to gain promotion back to the English Premier League as it is in the top three of the second tier of the league.

The Blades’ push for promotion back to the EPL this season suffered a glitch after they were hit by a transfer embargo last month amid financial difficulties but if the sale is successful, they would have enough funds to go into the transfer market.

The sale deal has been confirmed by the English Football League (EFL) in a post on its website, where it said the issue relates to the non-payment of a transfer fee that was owed.

The EFL said the embargo which prevents Sheffield from buying a player for the next 18 months unless they win promotion, was imposed because the Blades failed to keep up payment instalments on signings.

“This included payments to Liverpool for forward Rhian Brewster, who was signed in October 2020 for £23.5m.”

The Blades current owner, Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has been struggling to maintain the funding needed to keep the club going and was understood to be open to selling the club.

And that has opened the door for the Nigerian billionaire whose company, Tingo Mobile, is valued at around £7 billion, to make a bid to buy the club.

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