Africans in the Bundesliga to watch out for

West Africa

Nigeria: 

Of Nigeria’s seven representatives in the Bundesliga, only three played consistently for their clubs this season. Anthony Ujah (FC Union Berlin) made 16 appearances in his debut season with Union Berlin, scoring two goals. The 29-year-old lost his starting spot in February, but, as will be the case with many of these players, will have a chance to get a lot of minutes due to the fixture congestion. 

25-year-old left-back Jamilu Collins has been a rock for Paderborn. He wins 2.9 tackles and intercepts 2.6 passes per game. On the offensive side, Collins has improved a lot. He has registered a goal and two assists this season while averaging 0.7 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game. 

Striker Taiwo Awoniyi (22) has struggled to find game time with Mainz this season, he’s made six appearances, mainly because he’s playing behind the highly touted French-Congolese striker Jean-Phillipe Mateta.

Other Nigerians that are contracted to teams in the Bundesliga are Kingsley Ehizibue, Suleiman Abdullahi, Noah Sarenren Bazee and goalkeeper Maduka Okoye.

 

Ghana:

The Ghanaian that has made the most appearances this season is SC Paderborn left-winger Christopher Antwi-Adjei. He has played 25 times in the Bundesliga for the relegation battlers after they earned promotion from the second division. He links up with Nigerian Jamilu Collins on the left flank for Paderborn. 

Of the remaining Ghanians, all of them play for Fortuna Dusseldorf. The most prominent is centre-back Kasim Adams. The Black Star averages 2.1 interceptions per game, although he needs to improve if he hopes to stay in the Bundesliga. 

24-year-old left winger Nana Ampomah and 22-year-old right winger Bernard Tekpetey have appeared in under half of their games. They also recently signed 18-year-old midfielder Kelvin Ofori, who made one appearance before the season was suspended.

Mali:

Mali’s most popular representative in the Bundesliga is easily Amadou Haidara. The 22-year-old midfielder joined RB Leipzig from sister club RB Salzburg in January 2019. Since joining he has failed to live up to the heights expected of him, but at 22, he still has a lot of time to develop. 

Don’t forget about Hoffenheim’s defensive midfielder Diadie Samassekou! The 24-year-old has made 14 appearances since joining in the summer from RB Salzburg. He averages 1.9 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game, and will be crucial for Hoffenheim’s finish to the season. 

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