Goal.com has announced their April edition of African team of the month, and the list is filled with big-time names overseas, proving how well Africa has done in offering talent to the big leagues worldwide. The goalkeeper position was awarded to Ghanaian Razak Abalora, currently playing for West African Football Academy in his native country’s Premier League. In the five games he played with the club in April, he recorded three clean sheets and only one goal in each of the other games, leading to a 5-0 overall record and a nine-point lead in the league standings.
Morroccan right back Nabil Dirar was awarded a spot on Goal.com’s April list for his work with AS Monaco. He was specifically highlighted for his performance in victories against Dijon, Toulouse and Angers. South African Motjeka Madisha received the nod at centre back for his offensive prowess with Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premier League, scoring two goals in April. Alongside Madisha is Joseph Aidoo of Ghana, currently manning the position for Swedish club Hammarby.
Ghana was also represented at central midfield by Kwadwo Asamoah, who impressed with his April performance for Serie A club Juventus. He was most helpful in Juventus’ 2-0 victory over Pescara. Onyinye Ndidi of Nigeria also got a midfield selection for his work with Leicester City, which includes a goal in the club’s 2-0 win against Stoke City and his defensive plays in a shutout at West Bromwich. A third midfielder position was given to Guinean Naby Keita, who helped the Bundesliga club RasenBallsport Leipzig to six victories in April.
Moroccan attacker Omar El Kaddouri was also selected to the all-Africa team for April after scoring in back-to-back games, thereby helping Empoli to stay out of the Serie A relegation zone. Even more impressive was right wing Mohamed Salah of Egypt, who scored five goals in six matches for AS Roma. Ghanaian Gilbert Fiamenyo, the Kenyan Premier League’s top scorer, and Cameroonian Benjamin Moukandjo of FC Lorient in Ligue 1 round out the team.