Niger’s Maazou to rescue Le Mans
Nigerien striker joins French second division side on a six-month loan deal
Karim Farouk, Friday 3 Feb 2012
Niger striker Moussa Maazou
Just after finishing his African Cup of Nations campaign, Niger striker Moussa Maazou arrived in France on Friday to join the trainings of his new team, Le Mans.
The French second division side signed the 23-year-old striker on a six-month loan deal, last week, hoping he would help the team climb up in the Ligue 2 table as they are 17th of the 20-team table just two points above the relegation zone.
Maazou joined CSKA Moscow in 2009 after making a big impression in Belgium with Lokeren but he failed to make his way through to the Russian giants’ starting lineup.
Since then, he spent several loan spells mainly in France with Monaco, Bordeaux then in Netherlands with Zulte Waregem but failed to live up to the expectations.
Maazou was inspirational in helping Niger to qualify for the first time for the African Cup of Nations, beating seven-time African champions Egypt and South Africa to do so. He was a constant threat to Niger’s opponents during their group stage matches but lacked the cutting edge in front of goal as he failed to score any goals in three games.
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