No fewer than 31 Africans - the majority of whom are Nigerians - are currently plying their trade in the revamped Indian professional league. The I-League has attracted players and coaches from Japan, Australia, South America and Britain in an attempt to raise the profile of the game in one of the weakest football nations in the world.
Over the weekend, a fascinating 12-goal thriller ended 8-4 in favour of Churchill Brothers who defeated Sporting Goa. Gabon striker
scored twice in the game for the winners, while Nigeria's
scored one for Goa.
Half the goals were produced when Pune thrashed league leaders Dempo 5-1 with South Sudan striker
James Joseph Saeed Moga
scoring twice and one for Ivorian
Pierre Djidjia Douhou
for the winners.
The I-League's top scorer is Nigerian striker
who added his 14th goal after accounting for the only goal in the game for Prayag United in their 1-0 win over East Bengal.
also accounted for the only goal of the game to help his side Mumbai edge out Sikkim.
scored the opening goal of the game for Evian, but his side lost a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Nice. The Ivory Coast striker has scored twice in 17 appearances for Evian.
Jonathan Pitroipa was on target in France
League holders Montpellier won their third game in a row after thrashing Bastia 4-0. Morocco striker
was among the scorers, accounting for the third goal on the hour mark to take his tally to six finishes.
equalised in the 63rd minute for Brest four minutes after his side conceded to Sochaux. It was Chafni's first goal of Ligue 1 this season as Brest took all three points after winning 2-1.
Despite conceding twice dramatically in the 90th minute, Troyes held their nerves to win only their second game of the season after defeating Ajaccio 3-2. Tunisia midfielder
had guaranteed the points for Troyes in added time of the first-half after scoring his side's third goal.
missed a penalty before half-time for Marseille, but the French giants still clinched the full points thanks to a lone goal win over Toulouse. Senegal defender
of Toulouse was sent-off in the 28th minute as his side played the entire second-half with nine men.
Burkina Faso striker
sealed victory for Rennes in the 71st minute as they dismissed Valenciennes 2-0. Another Burkinabe
reached his six goal mark after finding the target for Lorient who beat Saint Etienne 2-0.
Andre Biyogo Poko
was sent-off after receiving his second booking in added time of the first-half bust his side Bordeaux still held on to draw 1-1 at bottom placed Nancy.
notched home his 10th goal after giving Standard Liege the lead in their 2-0 win over Mechelen.
scored the only goal of the game as his side Charleroi defeated Beerschot.
fired home his fifth goal of the season as he helped his side Lokeren to draw 2-2 at home with Gent.
After the Tunisia defender
had missed a penalty, it was the Morocco midfielder
who made amends just after the break in the 46th minute to give Lierse the lead in the 1-1 draw with Cercle Bruges.
Goal number five for Senegal striker
came from the penalty spot as he helped his side Zulte-Waregem to a 3-2 victory over Genk.
Elsewhere, Democratic Republic of Congo striker
also scored one of his goals from the penalty spot as he found the back of the net twice to give Anderlecht a 2-1 win over Leuven. The Gambia striker
had equalised for Leuven in the 44th minute. Sawaneh is the second highest top scorer with 15 goals, while Mbokani follows close behind with one goal less than the Gambian.
Wilfried Bony is enjoying a rich vein of form
After missing a penalty in the 70th minute
consoled Utrecht fans by taking the game beyond reach of Heerenveen who were beaten 3-1. The Zambia striker scored in the 89th minute to increase his account to seven goals.
Ivory Coast striker
smashed home his 16th of the season to remain top scorer after contributing a goal to his side Vitesse Arnhem's 2-2 home draw with Waalwijk.
Equatorial Guinea striker
was among the scorers for Beira Mar in their 3-1 win over Rio Ave.
put his side Gil Vicente ahead after six minutes but his side surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 away at Olhanense.
came on as a substitute at the start of the second-half to equalise in the third minute of added time for Academica to force a 2-2 draw away at Moreirense. The Guinea striker has notched home four goals in the Primeira Liga.
Also with four goals is the Guinea Bissau striker
who scored both goals for Pacos de Ferreira who beat Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1.
The top African scorer
signed out for the winter break with yet another goal at the weekend by equalising for Hannover who were 2-1 losers at Fortuna Dusseldorf. The Senegal striker scored in the 69th minute to take his tally to six goals after the half-way stage of the Bundesliga season.
increased his tally as the top scorer after scoring the winner for league leaders Olympiakos in the 82nd minute to help his side come from behind to beat Panionios 2-1. The Algeria striker has taken his tally to a dozen goals.
continued his fine form for Celtic, scoring his fifth goal of the season for the league leaders in their 2-0 triumph over St Mirren.
scored the winning goal for Istanbul BB in the 57th minute as his side fought back from a goal down to beat Trabzonspor 2-1. The Cameroon striker has scored eight goals.