Afful Named African Player Of The Month

Ghana defender Harrison Afful has been named Goal.com’s African Player of the Month for November. After missing out on the first leg of the CAF Champions League final against Wydad in Casablanca on 6 November, Afful was back in Nabil Maaloul’s starting lineup one week later to play a crucial role in what was undoubtedly the most important match of his club career thus far. The Ghanaian replaced the more defensive-minded Idrissa Coulibaly and took little time to make his mark on the game. On 18 minutes, the Black Stars representative expertly brought down a cross-field Khaled Korbi pass in the penalty box and evaded his marker before unleashing a beautiful curling effort with his weaker left foot. The goal ended up being the only one of the encounter, and Afful is now certain to remain an Esperance legend given that it was his strike which ended the Blood and Gold’s African heartache. After the title win, Afful was modest about his accomplishment, stressing that he couldn’t have offered Esperance fans that kind of joy without the help of his team-mates. Whatever the case, the Beb Souika outfit are headed to Japan for the Club World Cup and have a chance of a dream encounter against Barcelona, thanks in large part to their Ghanaian import. “We have to respect all teams and not focus on Barcelona alone. The tournament is not going to be easy but I personally want us to go a step ahead of TP Mazembe in last year’s event and bring the cup to Africa,” he recently declared to Goal.com.