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Football | Africa

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N'Doye form galvanizes Africans abroad



A teenage Nigerian is making waves in Belgium as Dame N'Doye's blistering form continues in Russia. But his countrymen at Newcastle have lost their spark, as Gary Al-Smith sums up the African performances around the world

In Belgium , teenage striker Imoh Ezekiel was the star of the show for Standard Liege at the weekend when he scored twice and set up the third goal to help his side to a 3-0 thrashing of Lierse on Friday.

Both goals took the 19-year-old Lagos-born star's haul to seven goals in 13 appearances this season.

Ukraine

Nigeria's Brown Ideye also grabbed a brace for his club Dynamo Kiev as they hammered visitors Arsenal Kiev 4-0 on Sunday. The Super Eagles star struck in the 44th and 90th minutes to take his tally this season to 12 goals in 16 games.

Turkey

Compatriot Kalu Uche netted his seventh goal of the campaign in the Turkish Superlig to earn his side Kasimpasa a point at home to Orduspor on Saturday. The 40th minute strike appeared good enough for the points until the 83rd minute when the visitors equalised.

Also in Turkey, Michael Eneramo scored his fifth goal of the season for his side Sivasspor in a 4-2 spanking of visitors Kayserispor on Sunday.

Russia

Meanwhile a stunning free kick saw forward Obinna Nsofor grab the winner in Lokomotiv Moscow's 3-2 triumph over Krasnodar in the Russian topflight on Saturday. It was his second goal of the campaign.

Senegal hitman Dame N'Doye appears a man unshackled as he scored twice for Lokomotiv Moscow in a 3-2 home win over Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League on Saturday.

Also on target for the Muscovites was Nigeria forward Obinna Nsofor, whose stunning free kick in the 51st minute proved the winner of the game. N'Doye seems to have settled down to his fearsome scoring best at his new club which he joined in the summer, with the brace accounting for his third and fourth goals in his last three league games.

The 28-year-old, who was top scorer in the Danish top-flight in the last two seasons with 25 and 18 goals, skipped around the goalkeeper to open scoring after just two minutes, before latching high into the net in the 20th minute to give Loko the lead again after the visitors had equalised on nine minutes.

The Teranga Lion has now netted seven times in his 12 league games, while for Obinna it was the second goal of the season. Lokomotiv remain eighth in the standings with 28 points, 11 points behind leaders CSKA Moscow who tackle champions Zenit away on Monday.

Holland

Cote d'Ivoire striker Wilfried Bony scored his third goal in his last two league games for Vitesse Arnhem to seal an impressive 2-1 victory in the Dutch top-flight at the home of leaders PSV on Sunday.

The 23-year-old has now plundered 15 goals in 14 games this season and leads the Eredivisie scoring charts by five goals.

Reportedly wanted by European champions Chelsea to beef up their striking options following the exit of compatriot Didier Drogba in the summer, Bony's goals have lifted Vitesse to third place, just two points behind PSV.

Last week Bony netted twice as Vitesse crushed NEC 4-1. He was the only African on target in the Netherlands this week.

England

Senegal strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse fired blanks for Newcastle on Sunday as they were beaten 2-0 at Southampton. It was the Magpies' third consecutive defeat in the English Premier League this season and the development leaves them just four points above the relegation zone in 14th place.

Ba is Newcastle's top scorer in the campaign with eight goals in 13 games, while Cisse, who scored 13 goals in 14 games last term following his winter transfer from German side SC Freiburg, has oddly managed just one goal.

Zambia international Emmanuel Mayuka was an unused substitute for Southampton.

Meanwhile Nigeria stars Mikel Obi and Victor Moses featured in Rafa Benitez's first game as Chelsea boss in a 0-0 draw at home to champions Manchester City. Mikel played the entire duration of the game, while Moses was a second half substitute.

Benin Republic forward Stephane Sessegnon and Cameroon defender Sebastian Bassong were both on target for their clubs in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Sessegnon scored for the second week running, but it proved only a consolation as his team Sunderland lost 4-2 at home to highflying West Brom.

Nigeria striker Osaze Odemwingie has played an integral part in West Brom's climb up to a provisional third place in the standings, and was again influential when he set up his side's opening goal for Hungarian Zlotan Gera on the half hour.

Meanwhile Bassong struck in stoppage time to steal a point for Norwich City who drew 1-1 at Everton. The headed goal was Bassong's first of the campaign.

Spain

Nigeria midfielder Nosa Igiebor played the last nine minutes for Real Betis as they beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday night. The defeat could see the Spanish champions fall 11 points behind leaders Barcelona in the title race if the Catalans win tonight at Levante.

Meanwhile Angola forward Manucho Goncalves scored the only goal of the match for Real Valladolid as they beat visitors Granada yesterday.

It was the 29-year-old's fourth goal of the campaign.

France

Rising Ghana striker Jordan Ayew scored his fourth goal of the season to bag all three points for Olympique Marseille in a 1-0 win over visitors Lille.

Marseille moved equal on points with leaders PSG, but have a game in hand. In other Ligue 1 games this weekend, Tunisia midfielder Zouhaier Dhaouadi came off the bench to score the only goal of the match for Evian TG as they beat hosts Rennes 1-0 on Saturday.

It was a match that saw Ghana internationals - defender John Boye of Rennes and Evian midfielder Mohamed Rabiu go against each other.

Ivorian defender Lamine Kone scored his second goal of the season for Lorient, but it proved only a consolation as they lost 2-1 to 10-man hosts Bastia.

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