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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 17:12 GMT
Africans abroad

Weekend, Mar 3/4
Borussia Dortmund went back to the top in Germany by thrashing Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1, helped by a goal from Ghana's Otto Addo.

They were helped into pole position by Hansa Rostock's 3-2 defeat of former leaders Bayern Munich, which was started by an opener from Nigeria's Victor Agali.

Ghana defender Sammy Kuffour equalised with his first of the season, but Agali's strike partner Bachirou Salou restored the lead after a superb run to score for the second week in a row.

Cameroon's Samuel Eto's set Real Mallorca on the way to a 2-1 victory over reigning Spanish champions Deportivo Coruna with a third minute goal.

It was his sixth of the season and helped the islanders to fifth, with a real chance of winning a Champions League spot.

Mercurial Nigerian Augustine Okocha illuminated the Parc des Princes with a stunning 25-yard shot for his French side Paris St Germain to break the resistance of strugglers Toulouse.

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Okocha scored a superb opener for Paris SG
The visitors had held out for 65 minutes until Okocha opened the way for a 3-0 victory, PSG's first for a month.

Algeria's Abdelhafid Tasfaout has been in good form recently and gained Guingamp three points with the only goal at bottom club Strasbourg.

Compatriot Rafik Saifi followed his first goal of the season last week with two more to help Troyes come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Bastia.

Nigeria's Ade Akinbiyi also followed up his previous week's efforts to set Leicester on the way to a 2-0 win over Liverpool in England.

Taribo West scored an own goal but his Derby side held on to beat Spurs 2-1 and ease clear of relegation trouble.

It gets no better for Alex Nyarko who followed last week's red card by being stretchered off in Everton's 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle.

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West's own goal did not stop Derby winning
Morocco's Ali El Khattabi scored again for Sparta Rotterdam in Holland, and this time he had some help from his team-mates.

El Khattabi scored the final goal in a 5-1 win over Twente - his 18th out of 35 Sparta goals - but the team are still only fourth from bottom.

Compatriot Youssef Mariana hit his third of the season as Willem II thrashed De Graafschaap 6-0.

Ghana defender Sam Johnson set Fenerbahce on their way to a 3-2 win at Yozgatspor to go eight points clear at the top in Turkey.

However, the Istanbul side had to battle back from going 2-1 down after a double from another Ghanaian Kwame Ayew, who now has eight for the season.

Emmanuel Tetteh and Mali's Fernand Coulibaly are also on eight after they scored for Rizespor and Denizlispor respectively in the former's 2-1 success.

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Ghana's Tetteh claimed his eighth league goal
In Switzerland, Ivorian Kanga Akale scored his first ever goal in Europe to give Zurich a 1-0 win over Servette in the title play-offs.

Fary Faye of Senegal set Beira Mar on the way to a 2-0 defeat of Maritimo in Portugal, while Angola's Quinzinho was dismissed in Aves' 3-0 defeat at home to Vitoria Guimaraes which left them bottom.

The top African scorers in Europe remain Nigerian pair Orosco Anonam and Chris Oretan, who are keeping their Malta clubs in first and second place.

Anonam scored twice as Sliema thumped Hamrun 5-1 to move on to 21 goals, while Oretan is on 19 after scoring both for Valletta in a 2-1 success at Birkirkara.

Weekend, Feb 24/25
Many of Africa's top players were on World Cup duty, but Togo striker Bachirou Salou had an important league match in Germany.

Salou had taken a 50 per cent pay cut to join Hansa Rostock from Eintracht Frankfurt during the winter break, and started to justify that move with the only goal at Uefa Cup quarter-finalists Kaiserslautern.

The first of the season for Salou came after two minutes, and he linked up well with Nigerian forward Victor Agali as the former East German side chalked up a vital away win to move up to 12th.

Ghana midfielder Alex Nyarko's weekend was just as bad as that of his national team-mates who went down to defeat in Sudan.

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Nyarko had another bad day in Everton colours
Nyarko's future in the English Premiership with Everton is looking bleak after he was sent off for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes left at Ipswich.

Everton went on to concede two late goals and lose 2-0 while Nyarko, who is far from a favourite with the fans or manager Walter Smith, is unlikely to be kept on this summer.

Nigerian striker Ade Akinbiyi, who has received his own share of criticism from the Leicester fans after struggling to live up to his 5m price tag, scored his sixth of the season to tie up a 2-0 win over Sunderland.

In Division One, Cameroon international Patrick Suffo finally found the net for Sheffield United at home to Crystal Palace.

Suffo, who was suspended for three months at the start of the season, ensured a 1-0 win for United.

In the only league game in France, Algeria's Rafik Saifi netted his first of the season to help Troyes beat Rennes 3-1 and move up to sixth in a tightly-contested league.

Ali El Khattabi's scoring streak continues in Holland, but this time he managed to help struggling Sparta Rotterdam to victory, only their fourth in 23 league games.

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El Khattabi continued his scoring streak
The Moroccan grabbed the final goal in a 3-0 win at NEC Nijmegen, his 17th this season, but Sparta are still only 16th out 18 teams.

Nigerian World Cup player Garba Lawal netted a rare goal for Roda JC Kerkrade as they won 4-2 at Alkmaar to go fifth.

Highly-rated young Angolan Pedro Mantorras claimed his eighth of the season for Alverca as they thumped Braga 4-1 in Portugal.

In Turkey, Ghanaians Kwame Ayew and Yaw Preko helped put Yozgatspor 3-1 up at Adanaspor, but the home side pegged them back to a 3-3 draw.

Stephen Baidoo, full back for the Black Stars of Ghana, missed his country's World Cup defeat to set Samsunspor on the way to a 2-1 win at Erzurumspor.

And another Ghanaian, Ohene Kennedy, rounded off Ankaragucu's 4-1 thumping of bottom club Slirt Jet Pa with his eighth goal of the season.

As the Swiss league resumed after the winter break, Senegalese pair Henri Camara and Pape Douba Diop both scored on their debuts for Grasshoppers.

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Oruma was on target as the Swiss league resumed
They had joined from Neuchatel and helped their new side defeat Saint Gallen 2-1 in the title play-off section.

Servette are in second place after a goal by Nigeria's Wilson Oruma capped a 3-0 win over Basle.

Weekend, Feb 17/18
It was a good weekend for African players in France, with five of the six goals they scored proving decisive, and two coming in the last minute.

Ivory Coast international striker Ibrahim Bakayoko chose a good time to score his first league goal of the season for Marseille.

His drought will be forgotten by the Marseille fans as Bakayoko came off the bench to grab the only goal of the game against arch-rivals Paris St Germain in what was amazingly a lower mid-table scrap.

Emerging Ivorian star Dagui Bakari crashed in his fourth of the season to give surprise package Lille a 1-0 win at Guingamp and keep them top.

Shabani Nonda is the top African scorer in France as his tenth of the season helped champions Monaco beat Bastia 2-1.

Senegalese players were in form as well. Moussa Ndiaye helped Sedan keep up their unlikely title challenge by scoring in a 2-0 win at Saint Etienne.

Makhtar Ndiaye's goal in the last minute gave Rennes a 2-1 win at Lens and Mamadou Niang repeated the feat for Troyes to beat Metz 3-2.

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Mboma has found his scoring form again
In Italy, Patrick Mboma capped a good week by setting Parma on the way to a 3-0 win over Brescia which moved them up to fifth place.

Mboma's effort came three days after a vital away goal at PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup.

Nigerian Victor Agali headed his third of the season in Germany to help Hansa Rostock pull off a shock against Bayer Leverkusen.

Agali equalised on the way to a 2-1 win which lifted Rostock out of the relegation zone.

Ghana's highly-rated Otto Addo wrapped up the scoring for Dortmund as they beat Hamburg 4-2 to go two points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

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Addo's goal sealed victory for Dortmund
In Turkey, two goals by Andre Kona Ngole of the DRC and another by South African Alfred Phiri helped Genclerbirligi come back from 3-0 down at home to Ankaragucu.

They still lost 4-3, though. Ghana's Ohene Kennedy had earlier scored for Ankaragucu and then compatriot Augustine Ahinful came off the bench to score a last minute goal on his debut.

Guinean sensation Souleymane Youla was given some time on the pitch by Anderlecht in Belgium and repaid them with his first goal of the season.

The teenager, who doesn't often get off the bench, netted the final goal in a 4-1 win at Harelbeke.

Burundi's Moumouni Dagano put lowly Germinal Beerschot 2-0 up at Bruges, but a major shock was averted when Bruges hit back to draw 2-2.

A fifth goal this season for Rwandan Desiree Mbonabucya sealed Saint Truiden's 2-0 win over Lokeren, only their fourth victory this season.

In Greece, Liberia striker Zizi Roberts was on target for the second successive week but could not prevent Panionios losing 3-1 at Xanthi.

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