Africans On Target In EPL As Ighalo Strikes Twice For Watford

Africans On Target In EPL As Ighalo Strikes Twice For Watford

The sixth round of matches in the English Premier League flew by over the weekend, with a 2-0 victory for Chelsea over Arsenal on Saturday creating most of the headlines, but from the perspective of African players a number of talents from the continent made their mark on the scoresheets for a selection of EPL teams.

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo was on target for club side Watford in their 2-1 away win over Newcastle United on Saturday, contributing two first half goals to ensure the victory for his team.

A Daryl Janmaat strike in the second half proved nothing but a consolation goal for Newcastle, as the Super Eagles striker did his country proud at St James’ Park.

Victor Moses continued the trend of excelling Nigerians in the Premier League on Saturday, helping his side to a 2-1 win over the Manchester City. The new West Ham United loan signing scored his first goal since completing the move at the beginning of the month, opening the scoring in the sixth minute to give the Hammers an unlikely away lead against the Citizens.

His strike proved to be crucial to West Ham ensuring a valuable away win over City, adding to a goal from Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho on 31 minutes to make it 2-0. A Kevin De Bruyne strike reduced the deficit later in the game, but to no avail for the home side.

Leicester City came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw away to Stoke City. Goals from Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters put the home side in a comfortable position after 20 minutes, but Algerian Riyad Mahrez had other ideas, and he converted a penalty on 51 minutes to begin the revival, with Jamie Vardy equalising to make it 2-2 in the end.

Manchester City remains top of the log despite their setback this weekend. The Citizens are on 15 points, two  ahead of rivals Manchester United in second position, while West Ham United place third and Leicester City fourth thanks to efforts by their African players in the first six match-days of the season.