With only two weeks into the new season, professional African footballers are shining in the Egyptian premiership, leading on the scorers’ chart.
The 27-year-old Nigerian striker Minusu Buba of Sinai-based Gouna, is the uncontested star of the entire league so far, having scored a hat-trick against Cup winners Enpi, and a double in the match against Ismaily. He leads the chart with five goals.
Buba, who has been a constant attacking threat since his arrival in Egypt six years ago, is off to a brilliant start, hoping to reproduce his 2009-2010 form when he was crowned top scorer with his former club, the Police.
Buba is followed by Abdoulaye Cisse of Canal club Masry of Port Said, who scored three times in his first two matches. Cisse, a naturalized Burkinabe, was born in Cote d’Ivoire and has had a long spell in France with Montpellier.
A number of other players are tied for the next spot with two goals. They include Mohamed Koffi of Petrojet, and Oussou Konan who plays for the Bourse team.
Koffi who is 24 years of age, is also a Burkinabe international with Ivorian origin, who spent his youth career in France with Marseille.
Konan is a young 22-year-old Ivorian, who came to Egypt from Tunisia’s top clubs, following a youth career with Africa Sports in his home country.
Defending league champions Ahly’s Dominique Da Silva from Mauritania, is one of the club’s main strikers, but the young international who arrived from Tunisia has yet to score this year.
Benin superstar Razaq Omotoyossi, with Cairo giants Zamalek following a move from Sweden in the off-season, has only featured as a substitute in Zamalek’s six-goal drubbing of Mehalla in their opener on Wednesday.