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Cedric Bakambu becomes first African to clinch La Liga accolade – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 14:00


Cedric Bakambu became the first African player to receive Spanish La Liga’s Player of the Month award, following his exploits in the month of October.

The Villarreal forward was presented with the accolade on Sunday, ahead of the club’s 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in which he found the back of the net for his ninth goal of the league season.

The Democratic Republic of Congo international scored six goals in four league games during the month of October – netting a hat-trick Eibar.

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The 26-year-old edged Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Valencia’s Gonçalo Guedes to the accolade, that has been in existence since September 2013 as per BBC Sport.

“Very proud to be voted player of the month!,” Bakambu wrote on Twitter.

Bakambu has scored 45 goals in 101 appearances for Villarreal since his move to Spain in August 2015.



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Andre Ayew bags Goal of the Month accolade – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 17:30



Ghana international Andre Ayew has scooped the West Ham United Goal of the Month for October accolade, for his outstanding effort against Crystal Palace late last month.

The 27-year-old turned Scott Dann inside-out before firing an unstoppable left-footed shot into the roof of the net. The game, though, would end in heartbreak for the Hammers with Wilfried Zaha netting a stoppage time equalizer in a 2-2 draw.

Ayew has enjoyed a good run of form for the London club of late, notable netting a brace in a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup.

The former Swansea City man also grabbed an assist and hit the post in a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool which ultimately spelled the end of Slaven Bilic.

David Moyes has since taken over the reins at the club and Ayew will be hoping that the former Manchester United man will not be sending him back to the bench, with the Black Stars ace having completed 90 minutes in his last three outings.



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Boufal to scoop Southampton’s goal of the month accolade – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Sofiane Boufal celebrates Southamton’s opener against Middlesbrough

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 18:30


Sofiane Boufal’s first goal of the season is set to be named as Southampton’s goal of the month for October.

The Moroccan international’s maiden goal of the campaign clinched a 1-0 win for the Saints over West Brom on the 21st of October.

Having picked up the ball from well within his own half, Boufal set off on a lung-busting run, weaving his way past several West Brom players before expertly steering the ball into the back of the net.

His effort garnered immediate acclaim from across the globe, with his goal compared to that of Hatem Ben Arfa’s against Bolton for Newcastle United five years ago.

Boufal, 24, has scored three goals in 35 appearances for the Saints since his move from Lille last year.



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