Leandre Gaël Tawamba

They are African, rarely international, do not evolve in the Top 5 European championships, but their statistics attract attention …

They are Gohou, Tawamba, Bandé, all Ivorian, Cameroonian and Burkinabe respectively and blaze in European leagues less publicized than those of Spain, England or France.

Gérard Gohou (Ivory Coast)
FC Kairat Almaty (Kazakhstan)

On Sunday, Gérard Gohou (28) scored his twenty-fourth goal of the season against FC Aktobe (3-2). Ivory Coast striker FC Kairat has been one of the country’s top filmmakers for nearly four years.

This former U23 international, born in Gagnoa and revealed to JC Abidjan, has traveled a lot since leaving the Ivorian economic capital.

he has played in Morocco (Hassania Agadir), Switzerland (Neuchâtel Xamax), Turkey (Denizlispor, Kayseri), Russia (FC Krasnodar) and now Kazakhstan, where his statistics – 92 goals in all competitions – necessarily mean something.

A little over a year ago, Toulouse (France, Ligue 1) had studied his profile. In his new host country, Gohou, who dreams of playing for The Elephants, earns a comfortable salary, estimated at 2 million euros a year, excluding bonuses.

Léandre Tawamba (Cameroon)
Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)

His career resembles that of many African players. Born in Yaoundé in December 1989, Léandre Tawamba currently lives with the prestigious Partizan Belgrade, which he joined at the beginning of the year, the best moments of his career with his twelve goals in all competitions, including eight in the league on the last Saturday against Macva Sabac (3-1).

In Cameroon, the former attacker of the Aigle Royale of Menoua and Union Douala had built a small reputation, enough to attract the attention of FC Cape Town.

After his short stint in South Africa, Tawamba then left for Slovakia (Nitra, Ruzomberok), Libya with Al-Ahly Benghazi, again to Slovakia (Moravce), and even in Kazakhstan, where he spent a few months with Gérard Gohou.

he had not had a call to join the senior national team but had played in the under 20 years, Tawamba obviously relies on his Serbian performances to attract the attention of Hugo Broos, the coach of Indomitable Lions. Or his successor …

Boureima Hassane Bandé (Burkina Faso)
FC Malines (Belgium)

Four months ago, almost no one knew this young 18-year-old striker, trained in Salitas and spotted by the Belgian networks of FC Mechelen, a middle-class club in the Belgian league.

Today, his name is no longer a mystery for those who follow European football closely. Bandé, who turned 19 on October 30, is the top scorer in the Jupiler Pro League.

He scored a brace last Saturday against Kortrijk (2-0) for the eighth time of the season. Paulo Duarte, the Portuguese coach of Burkina Faso, had not waited for this new performance to summon him with the Stallions for the first time in his young professional career.

The native of Ouagadougou will find the city that saw him grow up during the match against Cape Verde, in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, November 11. The Burkinabes, whose chances of seeing Russia next summer are tiny, are already preparing for the future …

Moussa Marega (Mali)
Porto FC (Portugal)

Moussa Marega is a quiet person. The Malian striker playing for FC Porto is invisible in the media, he also avoids conscientiously.

On the other hand, his favorite expression – scoring goals – is recurrent, especially since he has been to the Portuguese league.

Born in Ulis (Île-de-France), author of quite promising passages in semi-professional clubs (Le Poiré-sur-Vie, Amiens), spent a few months at Espérance Tunis, the one that supporters of FC Porto nickname “Brick feet” has completely exploded since arriving in Portugal.

In Maritimo, he has been sufficiently noticed by FC Porto, one of the three biggest clubs in the country, encourages him to leave Madeira Island.

Loaned last season to Guimaraes, where his effectiveness has not been denied, the Eagle has once again landed in the Dragons.

Harlem Gnohere (Ivory Coast)
Steaua Bucharest (Romania)

Last winter, the Franco-Ivorian had animated the winter transfer season in Romanian, passing from Dinamo Bucharest to Steaua Bucharest, the two largest clubs in the country, whose relations are historically strained.

This season, Harlem Gnohéré (29) is with 10 goals the most effective player of the championship, a total to which must be added the two registered in the Europa League.

A native of Paris, trained in Troyes, this powerful striker then joined Switzerland, and especially Belgium, which he furrowed long, wide and across (five clubs).

In 2015, Gnohéré was attracted by Romania, a lower-ranking but more profitable championship. There are not lost his finisher qualities, which are scrutinized by a few clubs more upscale than the Steaua.

Translated from Jeune Afrique