African players in Europe: Wolves’ Ivorian Boly hogs spotlight – RFI
Ivory Coast protector Willy Boly conceded a penalty, developed an objective, and scored for Wolves in a 3-2 defeat by West Brom at the weekend in the English Premier League.
The last Wolves player to match what Boly did at the Molineux was another African, Algerian Adlene Guedioura, in 2011 and West Brom were likewise the opponents then.
Here, AFP Sport rounds up the efficiencies of African stars in the significant European leagues:
His nasty on Callum Robinson yielded the penalty that gave Albion the lead. His deft backheel set up Fabio Silva’s equaliser in the 38th minute and 5 minutes later he put Wolves ahead with a close-range finish after a corner was unclear.
SERGE AURIER (Tottenham).
The Ivory Coast right-back scored his first goal given that October to put Tottenham on course for a 3-1 away win versus Sheffield United. Aurier netted his 2nd goal of the season with a powerful header from Son Heung-min’s fifth-minute corner.
MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool).
The Egypt forward endured an aggravating time as Manchester United earned a 0-0 draw against Liverpool in the title-race showdown at Anfield. Salah was well marshalled by United left-back Luke Shaw and had few sights of goal in a scrappy clash.
Nigerian Simy struck two times and had a function in another objective as rock-bottom Crotone beat midtable Benevento 4-1 in a clash of promoted sides. Forward Simy forced a Kamil Glik own goal in the 4th minute, doubled his side’s account just before the half-hour mark and volleyed in a third 9 minutes after the break to bring his Serie A goal tally to six this season.
KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli).
Senegal defender Koulibaly returned after missing Napoli’s last 4 league matches with a muscle injury and performed sturdily in a 6-0 rout of Fiorentina that raised his club to third. “Today, we had the ideal mindset and conceded absolutely nothing,” stated Koulibaly. “We need to continue like this, we have the possible to get back to being competitors.”.
The Democratic Republic of Congo winger transformed a last-gasp charge to earn Stuttgart a 2-2 draw at house with Borussia Moenchengladbach. Wamangituka scored the 96th-minute spot-kick for his ninth Bundesliga goal in 16 games this season.
AMADOU HAIDARA (RB Leipzig).
The Mali midfielder helped rescue a point for RB Leipzig by assisting an equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg. Leipzig protector Willi Orban scored the visitors’ 2nd goal after Haidara’s preliminary shot was saved by Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels.
Cameroonian Ekambi had an unfortunate night during Lyon’s 1-0 defeat by Metz which allowed Paris Saint-Germain to claim leading spot in Ligue 1. He missed out on 2 presentable possibilities in the first half, then after thumping house what he thought was the opening goal in the 74th minute, he had to see as his strike was ruled offside after a long VAR check.