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banner Monday, 28 May, 2001, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
Africans abroad

Weekend, May 26/27
Patrick Mboma chose the perfect time to break his goal drought for Parma in Italy's Serie A, securing his side a Champions League qualifying round place for next season.

Relegation-threatened Lecce took a second-half lead but Mboma, in a rare start, set up an equaliser for Savo Milosevic and then himself sealed a 2-1 victory eight minutes from time.

Parma are now sure of finishing fourth with two games to go and still have an Italian Cup final second leg against Fiorentina to play.

In Spain, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o scored twice to take his season's tally to nine and set up another for Nigeria's Finidi George to give Mallorca a crucial 4-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

The islanders are now third and sure of a place in next year's Champions League, but if they can stay third or even go up to second, they will not have to play in the qualifying round.

Lawal's double strike was not enough for Roda
Lawal's double strike was not enough for Roda
Two late goals from Nigerian midfielder Garba Lawal were not enough to prevent Roda losing 3-2 at RKC in Holland, and they dropped out of a Champions League spot, which they conceded to Ajax, and will have to settle for a Uefa Cup place.

The Nigerian duo of Julius Aghahowa and Isaac Okoronkwo, plus Senegalese defender Assane N'Diaye, helped Shakhtar Donetsk lift the Cup in Ukraine by beating CSKA Kiev 2-1 and they are now on course for the double.

In Germany, Ghana midfielder Gerald Asamoah finished on the winning side, and Nigerian Chibuike Okeke on the losing one as Schalke beat third division Union Berlin 2-0 in the Cup final.

DR Congo's Jean-Paul Boeka-Lisasi was also on the winning side in Belgium as Westerlo halted second division Lommel's run of four first division scalps.

Togolese defender Yaovi Abalo missed the crucial penalty in the French Cup final, condemning third division Amiens to defeat in a shoot-out after they had dominated first division bottom club Strasbourg in a goalless draw.

Yaovi Abalo brings the ball away for Amiens but suffered Cup final agony
Yaovi Abalo brings the ball away for Amiens but suffered Cup final agony
Cameroon's Sylvain Mokwelle scored for Lugano in a 4-1 win over St Gallen in Switzerland and they are set to finish second.

Nigeria's Wilson Oruma grabbed his seventh of the season as Servette beat Zurich 2-0.

On the final day in Portugal, Cameroonian Rudolph Mbella Douala doubled his season's tally with two in relegated Aves' 4-4 draw with Benfica.

Ivorian Ahmed Ouattara claimed his first all season as Salgueiros beat Belenenses 2-0 and Senegalese midfielder Fary Faye made it seven as mid-table Beira Mar were held 3-3 at home by Estrela Amadora.

South African Bradley August helped derail Brondby's title bid in Denmark by scoring in Lyngby's surprise 2-1 away win.

August's goal helped upset Brondby
August's goal helped upset Brondby
Young Ghanaian Jones Kusi Asare scored the for the second time in a week to help struggling Djurgaarden claim their first win of the season in Sweden, beating Halmstad 2-1.

Weekend, May 19/20
It was a breathtaking end to the season in Germany, with joy for one Ghanaian at the expense of bitter disappointment for another.

Schalke needed to win their last game to have a hope of the title, and beat Unterhaching 5-3 with Gerald Asamoah scoring to spark a comeback from 2-0 down.

They still needed Bayern Munich to lose in Hamburg, and the reigning champions went 1-0 down in the last minute, but then levelled in the fourth minute of injury time.

It meant Ghana defender Sammy Kuffour picked up his fourth straight title with the Bavarians.

Malian defender Ismail Coulibaly left it until the final half of the final game of the season before claiming his first goal for Freiburg.

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Coulibaly shows his delight at scoring for Freiburg
He then followed up with another three minutes later as Freiburg beat Wolfsburg 4-1 to secure a Uefa Cup place.

Congolese Rolf Guie-Mien scored as Eintracht Frankfurt won 2-1 against Stuttgart, for whom South Africa's Sean Dundee replied. Frankfurt are still relegated while Stuttgart just survive.

In France, Senegal international midfielder Pape Sarr signed off with a goal in what is set to be his last game for relegated St Etienne as they drew 2-2 with Guingamp, for whom Algeria's Abdelhafid Tasfaout was on target.

Sarr is due to move to Lens, who finished their season with a 4-1 home defeat by champions Nantes despite a goal from another Senegalese international, defender Ferdinand Coly.

Surprise package Sedan made sure of a Uefa Cup spot, with Senegal's Moussa N'Diaye's seventh of the season enough to beat Auxerre 1-0.

Cameroon striker Joseph-Desire Job made the most of a rare game for Middlesbrough, setting them on the way to a 2-1 win over West Ham in England's Premiership.

And Morocco striker Hassan Kachloul claimed a double as Southampton beat Arsenal 3-2 in the last game at The Dell before they move to a new ground.

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Kachloul was a double scorer for Southampton
FC Copenhagen have moved three points clear at the top in Denmark with three games to go, thanks to goals in three successive games by South African international winger Sibusiso Zuma, who now has nine.

He helped them to two 3-0 wins in four days this week to go clear of Silkeborg, who stayed in touch by beating Aalborg 3-0, with Ghana's Godwin Attram on target.

Guinea's Sambegou Bangoura finished top African scorer in Belgium by firing his 13th as Lokeren beat Standard Liege 3-1 away to finish fourth.

One place behind are Ghent, who also won 3-1 away, at Germinal Beerschot, with Egyptian sensation Ahmed Hossam signing off in the last minute with his 11th goal.

Gambia's Ebou Sillah scored the last as second-placed Bruges closed their programme by thumping Genk 6-0.

Cameroon striker Bernard Tchoutang, out of favour at Roda earlier this year after spending too long back home, helped his side stay third with a game to go by netting in a 4-1 beating of NEC Nijmegen in Holland.

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Tchoutang is back in the swing at Roda
Vitesse Arnhem are one point and two places adrift after an 11th from Ghana's Matthew Amoah helped them beat Fortuna Sittard 3-0.

Willem II had the same result against RBC, with strikes from Gambia's Jatto Ceesay and Morocco's Yacine Abdellaoui.

In Turkey, DR Congo's Andre Kona Ngole fired his 15th goal for Genclerbirligi who drew 1-1 at Yozgatspor, for whom Ghanaian Kwame Ayew netted his 11th..

Ghana's Ohene Kennedy has 12 after helping Ankaragucu beat relegated Erzurumspor 5-2.

Basle drew 3-3 with title pool leaders Grasshoppers in Switzerland, with Cameroon's Herve Tum on target for the home side and Senegal's Henri Camara replying.

In the promotion/relegation pool, Neuchatel are sure of their top flight place as they still lead following a 2-1 success at Bellinzona, helped by an effort from Ghana's Alexander Tachie-Mensah.

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Quitongo signed off with a double for St Mirren
Angola's Jose Quitongo scored twice for St Mirren in Scotland in a 3-3 draw at Motherwell, but they are still relegated.

Ghana's Jones Kusi Asare scored a stunning goal for Djurgaarden in Sweden to earn a 1-1 draw at AIK Solna, but his team are still 14th and last.

RoPs are next to bottom in Finland despite Zambia's Zeddy Sailetti helping them beat Jokerit 2-0.

Weekend, May 12/13
Troubled Ghanaian midfielder Ibrahim Tanko at last had some good news as he scored his first goal for Freiburg in their 3-1 win at relegated Bochum in Germany.

Tanko, suspended by former club Borussia Dortmund after testing positive for cannabis, opened the scoring in only his fourth game.

Tunisia's Adel Sellimi added two more to take his tally to ten and become the top African scorer in the Bundesliga.

Ghana's Otto Addo is only one behind him as he claimed two in Dortmund's 4-1 win at Unterhaching which kept them third and ensured a Champions League place.

Bakayoko secured Marseille's top flight status
Ivory Coast striker Ibrahima Bakayoko has scored more goals for his country this season than Marseille, but tripled his club tally with both goals in a 2-1 win over Bastia in France.

Bakayoko's goals removed any lingering fears of relegation for Marseille with one game left.

Senegal's Moussa N'Diaye helped fifth-placed Sedan earn a 2-2 draw at Bordeaux, while Cameroon's Salomon Olembé will pick up a league winner's medal after Nantes secured the title.

In Spain, a second and third of the season for Nigeria's Finidi George gave Mallorca a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo and kept them in the final Champions League spot with four games left.

Morocco defender Noureddine Naybet was dismissed after 14 minutes for Deportivo Coruna after a foul on league top scorer Javi Moreno, who picked himself up to net for Alaves.

Ten-man Deportivo recovered to win 2-1 and are six points behind Real Madrid in second.

Nigerian international Ifeanyi Udeze and Ghana's Kofi Amponsah helped PAOK Salonika beat Olympiakos 4-2 in the Greek Cup final, their first trophy for 17 years.

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Udeze helped PAOK lift the Cup
Ivorian Aruna Dindane grabbed the early goal which gave Anderlecht a 1-0 win over Mechelen and secured their 26th Belgian league title.

Jean-Paul Boeka Lisasi scored twice for Westerlo in their 4-1 away thumping of Beveren and is now joint top African scorer on 12 with Guinean Sambegou Bangoura of Lokeren.

Rwanda's Desiré Mbonabucya is ending the season with a flourish, taking his tally into double figures with a hat-trick as St Truiden destroyed Charleroi 7-1 away.

Ahmed Hossam of Egypt is also on ten after levelling in the final minute of Ghent's 2-2 draw at La Louviere, who had earlier scored through Cameroonian Jean-Jacques Misse-Misse.

In Switzerland, DRC's Alain Masudi scored the second as Lausanne beat league leaders St Gallen 2-0 in the title pool.

Grasshoppers are now only two points behind after beating FC Zurich 4-2, helped by a goal from Senegal's Henri Camara.

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Oruma assisted Servette to a draw
Nigeria's Wilson Oruma has six for the season after netting for Servette in a 2-2 draw with Sion.

In the promotion/relegation pool, Ghana's Charles Wittl netted for Neuchatel to keep them top after a 1-1 draw with Young Boys.

Hashima Garba, the young Nigerian forward, was on target for Winterthour as they beat Bellinzona 3-1 and they are now fifth, with the top four staying up.

Despite a 16th of the season for Zimbabwe's Agent Sawu, his Wil side are only seventh after being held 1-1 at home by Yverdon.

Ghana's Emmanuel Tetteh and Mali's Fernand Coulibaly are now on 13 goals in Turkey, one behind DR Congo's Andre Kona Ngole.

Tetteh earned Rizespor a 1-1 draw at Samsunspor but Coulibaly could not prevent Denizlispor sliding 2-1 at home to bottom club Slirt Jet Pa, his old side.

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Zuma kept Copenhagen in title contention
South Africa's Sibusiso Zuma scored a vital winner for Copenhagen as they won a seven-goal thriller at Herfoelge to stay just behind leaders Brondby in Denmark.

Senegal's Fary Faye fired his sixth as Beira Mar thumped Braga 3-0 in Portugal while Guinea Bissau's Braima Injai claimed a double for already-relegated Aves as they beat Estrela Amadora 3-2.

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