Angers’ reward for beating Strasbourg 2-1 away from home has seen them bag the most number of players in Ligue 1’s Team of the Round for Game Week 24. Defender Abdoulaye Bamba, midfielder Cheikh N’Doye and striker Wilfried Kanga are the three in the XI, meaning that the club are represented in all three positions on the pitch.
Kanga, who scored a brace, was one of the two players in this XI to receive an 8 or above rating, the other being Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez. OGCN stunned Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 in their weekend fixture.
All three Angers players are featuring in the TOTW for the first time. The only two players in this XI to have secured previous Team of the Week nominations are Benitez and PSG’s Thiago Silva.
Ligue 1 Team of the Week: Benitez (Nice); Thiago Silva (PSG), Bamba (Angers), Kamara (Marseille), H.Kamara (Reims); Martins (Monaco), Ferri (Nimes), N’Doye (Angers), Hunou (Rennes); Leao (Lille), Kanga (Angers)
Ligue 1 results over the weekend
Dijon 1-2 Marseille
PSG 1-0 Bordeaux
Amiens 1-0 Caen (Referee and Manager of the Week came from this game)
Strasbourg 1-2 Angers
Montpellier 2-2 Monaco
Nantes 2-4 Nimes
Toulouse 1-1 Reims
Guingamp 0-2 Lille
Reims 3-0 Saint Etienne
Nice 1-0 Lyon
Olympique Marseille guaranteed their spot in Ligue 1 next season as they beat SCO Angers in this French top flight game on May 1, 2016. Batshuayi’s goal midway through the first half separated both sides at the final whistle and gave OM an eight point lead over third from bottom Reims, meaning that OM will stay in Ligue 1 next season.
OM had gone eleven league games without a win prior to the Angers clash and recently fired coach Michel.
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Ten man Angers go down to Olympique Lyonnais in this Ligue 1 clash on 6 February, 2016. Jallet, Ghezzal and Tolisso on the scoresheet for Lyon Continue reading
Cheikh N’Doye scores twice as Angers beat Monaco 3-0 in Ligue 1 Continue reading
Everton are thought to be chasing Lorient defender Ecuele Manga, who has impressed in Ligue 1 this season.
It’s also claimed Lille, Marseille and PSG have been alerted to the qualities of the Gabon international, who moved to his current club from second division Angers.
The 22-year-old’s existing contract with Lorient still has three years left to run, but the central defender admits he is flattered by the interest particularly from Everton boss David Moyes.
“I am delighted with all this attention on me,” Manga told skysports.com.
“I have a contract until 2014 but Everton is a fantastic club and I would be delighted to even be considered for their team.
“I love the passion at Goodison Park. But like I said, it is only paper talk and neither I nor the club have been approached.”