Africa is well endowed with great talents in sports. Every Week, the VIP Sports Stars showcase the performances in individual and team sporting activities of the previous weekend. VIP Magazine’s IKENNA OKAFOR presents a review of Africa’s VIP Stars.
Ghana’s Thomas Partey had the last laugh against Egypt’s Mohammed Salah as Arsenal defeated Liverpool 3-2.
Nigeria and Brentford defensive midfielder Frank Onyeka was on the losing side as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed his team 5-1 in the English Premiership. He was introduced in the 63rd minute of the encounter.
Burkina Faso and AC Ajaccio of France player Cyrille Bayala was on the pitch for 74 minutes as AC Ajaccio defeated Olympique Marseille 3-1 away from home.
Ethiopian Seifu Tura relinquished his title to Kenya’s Benson Kipruto, who won the Chicago marathon by setting a new personal best time of 2:04:24. Tura placed second in 2:04:49 as Kenya’s John Korir settled for third in 2:05:01. Another Kenyan, Bernard Koech, placed fifth in 2:10:15
Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich ran the second-fastest women’s marathon in history at the Chicago marathon. Chepngetich won in 2:14:18, which was 14 seconds off the world record. Emily Sisson finished second in an American marathon record of 2:18:29, and Kenyan Vivian Jerono Kiplagat was third in 2:20:52.
Kenyans did not disappoint as Philemon Kipchumba and Agnes Keino won the men’s and women’s races in respective times of 2:07:28 and 2:23:26 at the Munich Marathon in Germany.
Morocco and PSG right full back Achraf Hakimi was on from start to finish as they played out a goalless draw against Reims in the French Ligue 1. Hakimi received a yellow card in the 90th minute.
Nigeria and Watford defender Williams Troost Ekong played the full match as Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye was on the bench. Another Nigerian, Tom Dele-Basiru was introduced into the encounter. Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr was also among the Watford African contingents as they lost 1-3 in the English championship to Blackpool.
Nigeria and Ajax Amsterdam defender, Calvin Bassey scored the second goal as Ajax spanked Volendam 4-2 in the Dutch Eredivisie. Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus played for 61 minutes.
Senegal’s Sadio mane played for 82minuted and replaced by Cameroonian Eric Maxim Choupo Moting as Bayern Munich were forced to a 2-2 draw by Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga.