Paris - Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho ended his maiden
English Premier League season by scoring the goal that effectively ensured UEFA
Champions League football for Manchester City.
City drew 1-1 at Swansea City, whose equaliser came from
Ghanaian Andre 'Dede' Ayew, to leave them fourth behind Leicester City, Arsenal
and Tottenham Hotspur.
Other Premier League African scorers were Senegalese Sadio
Mane of Southampton and Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke City.
SADIO MANE (Southampton)
Mane scored one goal and set up another as the Saints
ensured there would be European football at St Mary's next season with a 4-1
win over FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace. He gave the south-coast club the lead
shortly before half-time, making no mistake with an easy chance after Eagles
goalkeeper Julian Speroni failed to deal adequately with a Ryan Bertrand cross.
The Senegal winger helped make it 3-1 when he launched another attack and was
brought down. The challenge appeared to take place outside the area before Mane
fell inside, but referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty and Bertrand placed the
75th-minute spot-kick beyond Speroni.
KELECHI IHEANACHO (Manchester City)
Helped ensure Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
bowed out avoiding defeat by scoring an early opening goal in a 1-1 draw
against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. The 19-year-old Nigeria striker,
who scored 14 goals in his breakthrough season, tapped the ball past Kristoffer
Nordfeldt in the fifth minute after the Swedish goalkeeper had distinguished
himself with a smart save to deny Sergio Aguero.
ANDRE AYEW (Swansea)
The Ghana midfielder grabbed a share of the spoils for
Swansea when, in first-half stoppage time, his 25-yard free-kick was diverted
by the head of Fernando and beyond wrong-footed City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Also read: Thankful Iheanacho says it was a fantastic season
MAME BIRAM DIOUF (Stoke)
It looked as if the Potters would end the season with a draw
before the Senegal striker had the decisive say in a 2-1 win at home to West
Ham United that left the Hammers needing Manchester United to beat Crystal
Palace in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley if they are to qualify for Europe.
There were just two minutes of normal time left when Diouf headed in a corner
from fellow substitute Charlie Adam.
CHRISTIAN ATSU (Malaga)
Ghanaian winger Atsu brought his loan spell from Chelsea to
an end in style with his second goal for the club and first since his debut in
February as Malaga thrashed Las Palmas 4-1 on the final day of the season.
FRANCOIS KAMANO (Bastia)
Exciting Guinean forward Kamano, who recently turned 20,
scored both goals for Bastia in their 2-1 victory at Rennes. In doing so he
doubled his goal tally for the campaign and helped his club secure a top-half
JEAN-MICHAEL SERI (Nice)
The diminutive Ivorian midfielder completed an excellent
debut campaign in France with a goal as Nice won 3-2 at Guingamp to secure
fourth place and Europa League qualification. Signed from Pacos de Ferreira in
Portugal last summer, Seri, 24, is likely to be the subject of interest from
elsewhere this close season but Nice will be determined to keep him.
BENJAMIN MOUKANDJO (Lorient)
The Cameroon international forward scored the only goal as
Lorient ended their season with a 1-0 win at home to Gazelec Ajaccio, who were
relegated. Moukandjo finished the campaign with 13 goals, his best return in
almost a decade in France. However, after a superb start to the season
following his move last summer from Reims, Saturday's goal was only his second
since the end of November.
SAID BENRAHMA (Angers)
The 20-year-old Algerian winger came off the bench and
seconds later scored a stunning goal that put Angers 2-1 up against Toulouse in
a game they eventually lost 3-2. It was Benrahma's first goal since signing on
loan from Nice in January. He will now return to his parent club.
AISSA MANDI (Reims)
The France-born Algerian international defender scored the
opening goal as he captained Reims to a 4-1 win against Lyon on the final day.
However, the win was not enough to keep Reims in Ligue 1. Mandi, a 24-year-old
who came through the ranks at Reims, is likely to move on this summer with
other Ligue 1 clubs credited with an interest in the player who can perform in
central defence and as a full-back.
PAPY DJILOBODJI (Werder Bremen)
The Senegal defender, on loan from Chelsea, kept Werder
Bremen in Germany's top flight by scoring a dramatic 88th-minute goal to seal
their 1-0 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt to catapult his team from 16th to
13th -- and safety. Claudio Pizarro won a header from a free-kick, Nigeria's
Anthony Ujah fired a shot across goal and Djilobodji stabbed the ball over the
line. Ujah was then booked for ripping off his shirt in celebration.
Djilobodji's goal marked the end to a turbulent week for the international, who
is being investigated by state prosecutors for making a cut-throat gesture at
an opponent during a Bundesliga game in March.
ERIC CHOUPO-MOTING (Schalke 04)
The Cameroon forward netted Schalke's second goal in a 4-1
rout of hosts Hoffenheim after converting a superb pass from Indomitable Lions
team-mate Joel Matip. The result means Schalke finished fifth and will play in
the Europa League next season.For
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