Ayew hammers home his credentials
Andre Ayew (West Ham) - The Ghana striker came to West Ham’s rescue as he rose off the bench to score the second-half equaliser in his side’s 1-1 draw against Watford. With his side trailing to Troy Deeney’s early penalty at Vicarage Road, Ayew slotted home from close-range to claim just his second West Ham goal since signing from Swansea last August.
Drissa Gueye (Everton) - The Senegal midfielder scored his first goal for the Toffees to set up his team’s 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Sunderland at Goodison Park. Gueye has been a solid addition to Everton’s central midfield since arriving from Aston Villa in August.
Victor Wanyama (Tottenham) - The Kenya midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Tottenham thrashed Stoke 4-0 to climb to second in the Premier League. Wanyama gave a typically powerful display as he overwhelmed Stoke with his muscular style.
Bakambu and Co, oh, so close ...
Cedric Bakambu (Villarreal) - The DRC striker looked to have Villarreal on course for a famous win over Real Madrid when he slotted home from the edge of the area to give the Yellow Submarines a 2-0 lead. However, Madrid staged a heroic comeback to eventually run out 3-2 winners.
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez (Granada) - Moroccan winger Carcela-Gonzalez scored for the second straight week as he blasted into the top corner to briefly bring Granada level at 1-1 away to Athletic Bilbao. The Andalusians, though, remain mired in the relegation zone as Athletic went on to win 3-1.
Salah back to his best as Roma keep up
Mohamed Salah (Roma) - Salah looks to have fully digested Egypt’s defeat in the Africa Cup of Nations final to Cameroon – he was back to his sizzling best in a 3-1 win at Inter Milan and was in the thick of an end-to-end San Siro thriller from the off.
Franck Kessie (Atalanta) - Ivorian powerhouse Kessie picked the wrong day for a sending-off, but Atalanta still forged on with 10 men to stun Napoli 2-0 at a shocked San Paolo to maintain their push for a place in Europe next season. If reports were correct, scouts from Manchester United had travelled to Naples to watch the 20-year-old Ivorian striker. Kessie’s first act of note was to go through Amadou Diawara to earn a caution. Only three minutes later, he saw red for stopping Lorenzo Insigne launching a counter.
Aubameyang forgets about Gabon
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) -The Gabon striker proved he’s back to his best with two clinically-taken goals in a 3-0 win at Freiburg to leave him as the league’s joint top scorer alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. Both hot-shots are currently on 19 goals apiece.
Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) - The Guinea midfielder turned in another impressive display and had a hand in two goals in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 home win against Cologne. The Bulls are currently second in the Bundesliga, five points behing Bayern Munich.
Lamine Sane (Werder Bremen) - The Senegal defender provided the final pass for ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry to score Bremen’s second in a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg.
‘Ounas’ falls on Adam against Lille
Adam Ounas (Bordeaux) - Bordeaux were in trouble against Lille, trailing 2-1, until Algerian attacking midfielder Ounas contributed two goals within four minutes deep in the second half to salvage a win that left his club fifth.
Faf ban official for two years
Nigeria’s former football official Amos Adamu, pictured, was on Tuesday 28 February 2017, banned for two years by world governing body Fifa for ethics violations.
Adamu, a former Fifa executive committee member and West African Football Union president, cannot take part in any “football-related activity at national and international level” for the next two years, Fifa said in a statement.
The sanction is effective from February 28.
Adamu, 62, had already served a three-year ban in 2010 for accepting bribes in relation to the attribution of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 tournament to Qatar.
An investigation into Adamu was opened on March 9, 2015.
A final report was passed to Fifa’s adjudicatory chamber last December recommending a sanction, after which ethics committee chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert decided to open proceedings.
Fifa said on Tuesday that “through his involvement in the organisation of an event in 2010, while being a member of the (then) Fifa Executive Committee, Mr Adamu violated ... the Fifa Code of Ethics”.
Togo's Kone saves opponent's life
Racially abused by their fans, Togolese striker Francis Kone has taken on hero status after saving a rival goalkeeper’s life in a Czech top-flight game last weekend.
Half an hour into Saturday’s tie pitting Bohemians 1905 Prague against Kone’s FC Slovacko, Bohemians keeper Martin Berkovec sprinted towards the edge of the box to head out a long pass.
He crashed into his teammate, defender Daniel Krch, who was also running after the ball at full speed.
The home crowd in Prague watched in horror as the impact left the 28-year-old Berkovec unconscious on the pitch with a swallowed tongue.
Swept to the ground by the tumbling keeper Slovacko striker Kone was first to provide emergency first aid as soon as he stood up.
“I was close because I was involved in the play,” Kone told AFP.
He managed to pull out Berkovec’s tongue in the time it took Bohemians’ medical staff to arrive at the scene after waiting for the referee to wave them onto the pitch and run some 60 metres (yards).
“Seconds matter in a situation like this. If you swallow your tongue you start to choke, the flow of air into the brain stops, so you have to act as fast as possible,” said Bohemians spokesman Tomas Mutinsky.
“If Martin is in a stable condition today, it is largely thanks to Francis,” he said.
“I would like to thank Francis Kone for his prompt help that saved my life. Once again, THANK YOU,” Berkovec wrote on Facebook.
The keeper is set to meet his saviour soon.
“He has invited me for dinner,” said Kone. – AFP