Paul Onuachu, Mohamed Salisu Among 5 African Players Relegated With Southampton

Paul Onuachu, Mohamed Salisu Among 5 African Players Relegated With Southampton

Babajide Orevba
updated at May 16, 2023 at 2:42 PM
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  • Southampton have been relegated from the Premier League after ten years as they return to the Championship
  • The Saints have managed just 24 points in 36 matches as they no longer have a place in next season’s Premier League
  • Five African players will also be relegated with the team, but some are expected to search for new clubs

Southampton have confirmed their place in the Championship for next season after being relegated from the English Premier League.

Having gained promotion to the English topflight during the 2012/2013 season, the Saints are saying goodbye after ten years following their 2-0 loss to Fulham.

The loss sees the club on 24 points with just two games remaining, leaving Ruben Selles and his boys out of the Premier League.

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Paul Onuachu and Kamaldeen Sulemana seem to be heading to the Championship with Southampton. Photo: Matt Watson
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Here we take a look at 5 African players who have been relegated with the club.

1. Paul Onuachu

The 28-year-old dumped title-chasing Genk in the Belgian Pro League to join Southampton on the deadline day during the January transfer window.

Onuachu struggled since moving to England, managing to feature in just 11 games, mostly from the bench. He has failed to score or even register an assist at the club.

2. Kamaldeen Sulemana

The pacy winger from Ghana is just 21. The youngster also moved to Southampton on deadline day at the January transfer window.

Kamaldeen was involved in 16 games for the Saints as they head to the Championship.

3. Joe Aribo

The Nigerian international caught the eye of the English club following his impressive performance for Rangers.

In July 2022, Southampton announced they had signed Aribo on a four-year contract. He has so far played 20 matches for the club, scoring two goals.

4. Mousa Djenepo

The Malian international has been with the club since 2019. He is an important player in the squad as he plays mostly in the midfield.

Djenepo has scored four goals in 73 matches for the club since his arrival.

5. Mohammed Salisu

In the summer of 2020, the Ghanaian left Spanish club Valladolid for a fee worth £10.9 million. He put pen on paper on a four-year contract.

He has so far featured in a total of 68 Premier League games for the club.

Salisu reacts to Southampton's relegation

Sports Brief reported that Mohammed Salisu sent a message of encouragement to fans of Southampton after their 11-year stay in the English Premier League came to a disappointing end.

The defender missed the game due to injury and has not featured for the club since March, following his return from international duty with a knock.

The Ghanaian said the disappointment and sadness the team was feeling was immeasurable.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.