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African players in Europe: Elneny’s special goal for Arsenal



The 28-year-old midfielder needed only six minutes at St James Park to end his barren run and Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead midway through the second half.   

The victory snapped a three-game winless streak by Arsenal ahead of a Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal at the Emirates on Thursday.

Here, AFP Sport rounds up the performances of Africans in the major European leagues:


Elneny, who joined the Gunners from Swiss club Basel in 2016, said he had been thinking a lot recently about scoring in the Premier League. “I had scored in the Champions League and Europa League, but not in the Premier League,” he told the club website. When Aubameyang missed his kick from Hector Bellerin’s cross, the ball rolled to Elneny on the edge of the area and he drilled a low strike past Martin Dubravka.


He scored for the first time in seven games as his spectacular strike wrapped up a comfortable win. The Arsenal captain had recently been hospitalised by malaria picked up on international duty with Gabon in March. That was the latest in a series of setbacks for Aubameyang this season, but he gave a glimpse of his class in the 66th minute. Gabriel Martinelli curled over a cross from the left for his strike partner to leap off his feet for an agile volley that crashed past Dubravka from close range. It was the 31-year-old’s 15th goal this season.


Nigeria forward Osimhen scored for the third consecutive game, connecting with a hall over the top from Lorenzo Insigne, after 13 minutes in Naples. It was his fifth goal in six games and eighth this season. Cagliari scored with the last kick of the game to snatch a 1-1 draw but fifth-place Napoli remain in the running for the Champions League.


Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was sent off for a reckless challenge on Ivorian forward Boga after 22 minutes. Another foul, on fellow Ivorian midfielder Hamed Traore, saw Sassuolo awarded a penalty seven minutes after the break, which they converted in a 1-1 draw.


The Malian midfielder was replaced at half-time by Christopher Nkunku on the right wing before Emil Forsberg’s 121st-minute volley eventually sealed Leipzig’s 2-1 win at Werder Bremen as a tense German Cup semi-final went to extra time. Leipzig face Borussia Dortmund on May 13 in the final.


The giant Malian striker’s penalty wrapped up a 4-1 win for Nantes at Brest that kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation. Coulibaly needed the goal — he had not scored in his previous 20 Ligue 1 appearances since his last goal which came against… Brest in November 2019. Nigerian winger Simon also scored for Nantes.


Metz have a track record of bringing through young Senegalese players, from Sadio Mane to Papiss Cisse and Ismaila Sarr in recent years. It is the fruit of their partnership with the Generation Foot academy in Dakar, and their latest crop from the west African country includes 23-year-old winger Gueye, who scored the opener in his side’s 5-1 win at Dijon. Another Senegalese prospect, 18-year-old Pape Matar Sarr, netted their second, with Cape Verde’s Vagner Dias Goncalves and Tunisia’s Dylan Bronn scoring as well.

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Matiangi Hosts Kenya Prisons Athletes At Magereza House.



Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, on Wednesday 12th May hosted the Kenya Prisons Athletes and Volley Team to a luncheon after the teams jetted back from Poland.

The Athletes travelled to Poland to participate in the World Athletic Relay Champions where they performed exemplary well.

Our sports people need motivation. That is the approach we have taken with our athletes from the Kenya Prisons Service, to encourage them surpass themselves in future regional and global competitions,” Cs Twitted.

Kenya Women’s Prisons Volleyball team manage to secure a bronze in the just concluded African Volleyball Club Champions tournament in Tunisia.

Matiang’i congratulated the team and also confirmed the government commitment to support the sports.

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Man City crowned 2020-21 Premier League champions



Pep Guardiola’s side have had to wait to rubberstamp their latest triumph, following changes to the fixture schedule and their own slip-up.

A late defeat to Chelsea last weekend as closest rivals United won at Aston Villa kept City’s champagne on ice but they finally reclaimed the Premier League title from Liverpool before kicking a ball again as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were beaten 2-1 on Tuesday after making 10 changes to their starting line-up.

City have now won three Premier League titles and eight major trophies under Guardiola, who last year signed a new two-year contract to remain at the club until 2023.

City boss Guardiola described this season’s title win as the “hardest one” and dedicated the triumph to the fans who have had to stay away from the matches and the late, great club icon Colin Bell, who passed away earlier this year.

“This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other. This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players,” Guardiola said in a statement.

“They are so special. To come through this season – with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced – and show the consistency we have is remarkable. It is relentless. Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.

“That is equally true of each and every member of our backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our players are fully equipped to take on the unexpected challenges and new routines throughout such a turbulent year.

“Not forgetting, of course, all of the staff across our organisation who work to make this club the success it is. Whether that’s been from the offices at the City Football Academy or working from home, the efforts of every employee in such trying circumstances have contributed to this achievement.

“At the start of every season, the Premier League is the most important title for us. This is the one where you have to be there every three days, playing all your rivals home and away. Only by being the very best, week in week out, can you win this competition. It is a huge success.

“It is so important to say a huge thank you to all our fans. In our toughest moments, we couldn’t hear the crowd get behind us as usual, but we know they are with us everywhere we go and that has lifted us. I promise them we sense their love, we appreciate it and we could not have done what we have done without it.

“I hope we can all celebrate together one day not too far away. It has been such a hard year for so many people. This one is really for our fans and for Colin Bell and all his family.”

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Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya confident his charges can sustain a title run-in.



Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya is confident that his charges are ready to tussle for the league title to the wire when it resumes on Wednesday.

Muluya has predicted that all the top eight teams have the ability to win the FKF-PL 2020-21 crown at the end of the term.

“Those matches coming thick and quick should give us an opportunity to move close to leaders so as to pile pressure at the top.

Even if we are not leaders, we should not give leaders a breathing space which means when they make a plus we should also do the same,” Muluya said, adding that, “Any team in the region of top eight, be it Tusker, KCB, AFC Leopards, Bandari, Sofapaka, is capable of running away with the trophy this season.”

The soft spoken, youthful tactician has revealed that his boys, led by the league’s top scorer Eric Kapaito, who has so far 14 goals, are in good shape to lock horns with visitors Kakamega Homeboyz in the mid-week fixture.

“We have prepared ourselves very well since the boys have been training individually, from home, before we started team-training a week ago.

Sharks are fourth-placed on 28 points, eight behind leaders Tusker but may cut the gap to five with win over Homeboyz thanks to their game in hand.

They have won eight matches, drawn four and lost only three in the 15 matches they have played, prior to the ban on sports by the government due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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