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Goals and assists from African players in the Middle East: August 16-20

The Saudi Pro League began its 2023-24 season in our last compilation of goals from the Middle East and now the region’s two other major leagues are off and running. The Qatar Stars League and the UAE Pro League both began in the middle of last week and completed their first round of matches by the weekend with both leagues featuring high priced infusions of African talent.

This week we focus on a player who has spent his last five seasons in Qatar, Algerian playmaker Yacine Brahimi. The 33-year-old attacker born in Paris helped Al-Gharafa put in a strong offensive performance against Qatar SC with a goal and an assist. Unfortunately Brahimi could not help his team’s weak defense which conceded a late equalizer in a 4-4 draw but the Algerian looks set for a productive campaign.

Watch Brahimi’s goal and assist below as well as all goals and assists from African players in the top divisions of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Pro League

Abderrazak Hamdallah (Morocco) opens the scoring then assists the second goal in a shutout victory for Al-Ittihad

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) registers his first goal in Saudi football to help Al-Ahli to victory at Al-Khaleej

Fashion Sakala (Zambia) makes it two goals in two matches with a stylish strike in a draw for Al-Fayha at Al-Hilal

Léandre Tawamba (Cameroon) finishes from close range as Al-Taawoun stun Al-Nassr away from home

Al-Fateh captain Mourad Batna (Morocco) equalizes to begin the comeback in a victory at Al-Akhdoud

François Kamano (Guinea) assists the only goal of the match as Abha Club earn their first points of the season with a victory over Al-Raed

Knowledge Musona (Zimbabwe) continues his excellent start at newly promoted Al-Riyadh with a fortunate assist on the opening goal in a 2-2 draw at Damac

Qatar Stars League

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) assists Yohan Boli (Ivory Coast) for Al-Gharafa’s first goal, Farid Boulaya (Algeria) assists the second goal and then Brahimi scores late in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Qatar SC

Ben Malango (DR Congo) latches on to a Badr Benoun (Morocco) header to snatch an equalizer in the final moments for Qatar SC against Al-Gharafa

Michael Olunga (Kenya) opens the scoring for Al-Duhail in a victory at Al-Ahli Doha

Andy Delort (Algeria) scores a consolation goal on his Qatar Stars League debut in Umm Salal’s defeat to Al-Sadd

Mohamed Benyettou (Algeria) scores the first goal of the 2023-24 Qatar Stars League season to spur Al-Wakrah to a victory over Muaither SC

UAE Pro League

Kouame Autonne (Ivory Coast) unleashes a crashing long range drive to put Al-Ain ahead in a victory over Baniyas Club

Anatole Abang (Cameroon) gets on the end of a cross to put Al-Bataeh ahead in a victory at Al-Wahda

Mamadou Coulibaly (Ivory Coast) splits the Al-Nasr defense with a brilliant pass to set up the opening goal in Al-Jazira’s victory

Ousmane Camara (Guinea) provides the assist for Caio’s opening goal in a 4-3 victory for Sharjah at Ittihad Kalba

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