The African 11 of the week (from April 30 to May 7) | TV5MONDE

The African 11 of the week (from April 30 to May 7) | TV5MONDE
The African 11 of the week (from April 30 to May 7) | TV5MONDE

Discover each week a selection of the 11 best African players playing in the main European football championships. This week, it was the Moroccan international striker from Olympiakos Piraeus, Ayoub El Kaabi, who particularly stood out, with a hat-trick in the semi-final first leg of the Europa Conference League on the pitch at Aston Villa.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco – Olympiakos)

Achieving a hat-trick in the European Cup is not something that can be given to just anyone. And this is the feat that Ayoub El Kaabi achieved on Thursday during the semi-final first leg of the Europa Conference League on the pitch at Aston Villa. The opportunity for the Moroccan international to admire his full range of finishing with a powerful cross strike, followed by a fine volley and a penalty, in order to place his team, victorious (4-2), on waivers very favorable before the return match at home.

With eight goals under his belt, the former RS ​​Berkane and Wydad Casablanca player places himself at the top of the scorers’ rankings for this C4, tied with Israeli Eran Zahavi (Maccabi Tel-Aviv). Ayoub El Kaabi is getting closer to a continental final, and could join his already qualified compatriots Oussama Idrissi (CF Pachuca), Soufiane Rahimi (Al-Aïn), Reda Slim (Al-Ahly), and Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich) or Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid) and/or Achraf Hakimi (PSG).

The 11 African guy of the week (4/3/3)

Goalkeeper: Dimitri Bertaud (DR Congo – Montpellier)

If Montpellier brought back a victory from Toulouse (1-2) which allows it to ensure its maintenance in Ligue 1, it is partly to Dimitri Bertaud that the Héraultais owe it. Although he had to lose to a powerful header from Dallinga, the Congolese international managed a few decisive saves when the Violets pushed. This former French Espoirs international joined the Leopards in October 2023 and played his first CAN under their colors this year.

Right side: Clinton Mata (Angola – Lyon)

Played Monday evening, the late match of the 32nd day of Ligue 1 between Lille and Lyon gave rise to a stunning scenario in which Clinton Mata played an active part. Author of a good performance in his lane, with a minimum of errors behind and well-felt climbs, the short-lived Angolan international delivers the decisive pass in the form of a good cross for the Bissau-Guinean Mama Baldé, another hero of the evening.

Central defender: Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo – Marseille)

If he will give up his Marc-Vivien Foé Prize for the best African player in Ligue 1 next week, Chancel Mbemba nonetheless remains one of the strong jerseys of Olympique de Marseille. Thursday against Atalanta Bergamo in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League, the former MK Etanchéité made up for his defensive thoughtlessness in the most beautiful way by equalizing with a perfectly placed recovery.

Central defender: Ousmane Diomandé (Ivory Coast – Sporting Portugal)

Holder against Portimonense (3-0), Ousmane Diomandé kept good guard to secure the victory, synonymous with a national title for the Leoes. A second line on the track record of the former Olympic Sport Abobo, already winner of the CAN at home last February.

Left side: Issiaga Sylla (Guinea – Montpellier)

Issiaga Sylla showed great offensive momentum in his left lane on Friday in Toulouse. His perfectly measured cross was at the origin of the Héraultais’ first goal, an exceptional volley from Teji Savanier, which will remain among the most spectacular of the season in Ligue 1. For this alone, the Guinean international deserved his place in the eleven of the week.

Defensive midfielder: Yassine Kechta (Morocco – Le Havre)

During a crucial match with a view to remaining in Ligue 1, Yassine Kechta propelled his team to victory against Strasbourg (3-1). And in what way, since the Moroccan international rather known for his technical quality with the ball did it by scoring his first two goals in Ligue 1, with a header, despite his small size (1.70 m)!

Defensive midfielder: Nampalys Mendy (Senegal – Lens)

Nampalys Mendy managed a good harvest of balls in front of his defense on Friday during the reception of Lorient (2-0). Better, the former African champion was decisive, in his own way: it was following an incisive recovery on the Franco-Ivorian Tiémoué Bakayoko that came the decisive pass and then the opening of the score for Wahi .

Attacking midfielder: Abdelkahar Kadri (Algeria – Kortrijk)

Against Eupen, in an important match in the relegation play-offs, Kortrijk was able to count on its playmaker Abdelkahar Kadri. With a perfectly measured indirect free kick, the Algerian international placed the ball on the head of his teammate Silva. The goal will be the only one of the match and places the Flemish club in a barrage position. The former Paradou AC has fond memories of the new Fennecs coach, reflecting on his list for the month of June.

Right winger: Inaki Williams (Ghana – Athletic Bilbao)

For Athletic Bilbao, scoring goals is often a family affair, the Williams family in this case. With the decisive pass, Nico, the Spanish international cadet, and the finisher, Inaki, the senior Ghanaian international. Friday in Getafe, the fraternal connection generated the two goals of the Basque team, the first from a splendid curling shot from the right, the second at the conclusion of a well-conducted counter-attack.

Center forward: Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco – Olympiakos)

Achieving a hat-trick in the European Cup is not something that can be given to just anyone. And this is the feat that Ayoub El Kaabi achieved on Thursday during the semi-final first leg of the Europa Conference League on the pitch at Aston Villa. The opportunity for the Moroccan international to admire his full range of finishing with a powerful cross strike, followed by a fine volley and a penalty, in order to place his team, victorious (4-2), on waivers very favorable before the return match at home.

Left winger: Silas Katompa (DR Congo – VfB Stuttgart)

Entering the game around ten minutes from the end of the match against Bayern Munich, Silas Katompa changed the course of the game. First a passer for the 2-1 goal, it was he who drove the point home in added time (3-1). Semi-finalist of the last CAN, the former Paris FC player, who lived for several years under a false identity, can savor his revenge on past troubles.

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