Reigning African Player of the Year Yaya Toure has been scoring at will in his club, Manchester City in England. At the weekend, he netted his third goal of the Premier League campaign, two of which he had scored with precision from free kicks. His latest goal was in the 4-1 triumph over city rivals Manchester United, and he was pivotal in laying down the marker for other clubs to take note and regard Manchester City as strong title contenders this year.
He was also voted Man of the Match for the Manchester derby, a title he was happy to add to his cabinet of laurels. “It is always good to be recognized and appreciated for good performance, and especially if it comes with a good win – a big win, in fact”, he was quoted as saying.
Toure was on target again midweek as his club trounced Wigan Athletic 5-0 in the League Cup competition, again scoring from a free kick.
He is hoping to bring this form into the national team game against Senegal, in the final round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.
One player who is clearly celebrating a historic moment is Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel, who plays for Chelsea Football Club. In 261 games, Mikel has consistently failed to find the net, but on Saturday, he celebrated a rare goal, scoring the second in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Fulham, in a west London derby.
Featuring in the Chelsea starting eleven consistently, and getting a goal will certainly do a lot for the confidence of the player, who will be expected to feature for Nigeria in the World Cup final qualifying game against Ethiopia in October and November.