African players in Europe: Salah seals Liverpool victory


Mohamed Salah put talk of a reported £150 million ($189 mn) move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad behind him with the final Liverpool goal in a 3-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa at the weekend.

Liverpool’s Egyptian striker #11 Mohamed Salah scores his team third goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on September 3, 2023. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is confident the Egyptian star will remain at Anfield, saying “he is our player and wants to play here”.

Here, AFP Sport highlights African headline-makers in the major European leagues:



The Reds were already two goals ahead at Anfield, when Salah struck in the 55th minute. Villa failed to deal with a corner and Salah turned in Darwin Nunez’s flick-on at the back post.


The Mali midfielder opened the scoring as Everton gained their first point of the season in a 2-2 draw at Sheffield United. Doucoure netted in the 14th minute when, following James Tarkowski’s knock-down from a corner, he scored after his initial shot was parried by Wes Foderingham.

BRYAN MBEUMO (Brentford)

France-born Cameroon international Mbeumo equalised in the 90th minute to snatch a 2-2 draw for Brentford at home against Bournemouth. After missing a great chance to score just after the break, he made amends with a smart turn and shot.


The South African got promoted Burnley off to a great start against Tottenham Hotspur with a fourth-minute goal, but the lead did not last long and Spurs coasted to a 5-2 victory. Last weekend, Foster became the first South African scorer in the Premier League since 2013.



The Angolan opened the scoring midway through the first half at Bologna, but hopes of a first Serie A win this season for Cagliari were dashed as they conceded an 89th-minute goal to lose 2-1. Luvumbo is back at Cagliari after a loan spell with second-tier Como.


VICTOR BONIFACE (Bayer Leverkusen)

Boniface continued the blistering start to his Bundesliga career, scoring a double for the second consecutive game as Leverkusen thumped Darmstadt 5-1. The Nigerian has four goals and two assists since moving from Belgian club Union Saint-Gilloise in mid-year.


The Guinea international scored twice in three minutes as Stuttgart crushed Bochum 5-0 for a second five-goal trumph in three games. Guirassy has five goals in three games this season and tops the Bundesliga scoring charts.



The 22-year-old Ivory Coast defender has come straight into the Monaco side since signing from Torino last month. He scored his first goal for his new club, grabbing the opener in a 3-0 win over Lens which sent Monaco clear at the top of Ligue 1.


Diakite scored the goal of the weekend in France with his side’s first as Reims drew 2-2 at Metz. It was a first in Ligue 1 for the 19-year-old Ivorian striker since he joined Reims in June in a reported €3.5 million ($3.8 mn) deal from Red Bull Salzburg.


Metz escaped with a draw against Reims thanks to a fine second-half strike by Ablie Jallow. The 24-year-old Gambian international had just come off the bench to make his first Ligue 1 appearance in over six years. The goal was his first in France’s top division.

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