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African Players Contribute To Opening EPL Weekend
The 2015-16 season of the English Premier League began this past weekend with all of the teams in the English top flight playing their opening matches of the campaign.
Numerous African players were on the score sheet for their respective club sides, contributing immensely to their teams’ fortunes.
On Saturday Ghanaian Andre Ayew made his Premier League debut with new side Swansea City, and he was instrumental in their 2-2 away draw with current champions Chelsea.
The midfielder pounced to score an equalising goal at 1-1, and played well to help his club claim their first ever away point at Stamford Bridge.
In Leicester City’s 4-2 victory against Sunderland an outstanding Riyad Mahrez scored two goals and made sure that his personal season got off to the best possible start.
The Algerian scored with a header to make it 2-0 before scoring his club’s third from a penalty he won after being brought down in the area by Lee Cattermole.
Everton’s 2-2 home draw against Watford saw African goalscorers for both sets of opponents, with Nigerian Odion Ighalo’s 83rd minute strike for Watford equalised by Ivorian Arouna Kone’s effort four minutes from time.
In Saturday’s game between Premier League rookies Bournemouth and Aston Villa the villains emerged on top thanks to a 72nd minute strike from new boy from Benin, Rudy Gestede. His powerful header handed his side a 1-0 victory.
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