Video- Maiga goal vs Bournemouth wins WHUFC August Goal of the Month Award

Modibo Maiga’s goal vs Bournemouth has been voted West Ham’s Goal of the Month for August 2015. Maiga came on as a 73rd minute substitute for Diafra Sakho in that game, and scored in the 82nd minute. West Ham lost the game 4-3.

Maiga’s goal v Bournemouth beat off competition from Dimitri Payet’s strike v Leicester City (15 August) and Mauro Zarate’s goal against Arsenal (9 August). Other contenders were Sakho (v Werder Bremen), Kouyate (v Arsenal) and Sakho again (v Liverpool)

The goal was Maiga’s last for the club, with the Malian international signing for Saudi club Al-Nassr to bring to an end his three year stay at Upton Park. The 27 year old joined the Hammers from French outfit Sochaux back in 2012. [Read more…]

Maiga Has West Ham Opportunity

When Mali international Modibo Maiga was signed from Ligue 1 side Sochaux, nobody knew what to expect.

A few months prior to signing for West Ham; Maiga was on the verge of completing a move to Premier League rivals Newcastle, with a failed medical scuppering that move; Newcastle’s loss appeared to be West Ham’s gain. [Read more…]

Maiga backed to shine for West Ham

Modibo Maiga scored a brace for West Ham United this weekend and set up midfield star Mo Diame for another in a 3-0 pre-season win over German outfit Eintracht Braunschweig in the last game of their German tour.

The Mali international didn’t know much about his first goal on 22 minutes when a clearance was hit straight at Maiga and looped over the Eintracht goalkeeper to make it 1-0 the The Hammers. [Read more…]

West Ham to cull the squad

Reports coming out in the media today suggest West Ham are getting ready for a clear out of players to offset the signing of Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

The Sun is suggesting that £12 million worth of talent is on its way out of The Boleyn Ground.

Ricardo Vaz Te, Modibo Maiga, Matt Taylor and Alou Diarra are being  listed as the casualties of the clear out. [Read more…]

West Ham beat Crewe 2-0 in Capital One Cup

West Ham are through to next round of the Capital One Cup after goals from Nicky Maynard and new boy Modibo Maiga helped the Hammers ease past Crewe 2-0 at The Boleyn.

Maynard, who is a product of the famous Crewe academy, opened the scoring for West Ham with a sweetly struck volley from inside the box and in front of the travelling support, Maynard however refused to celebrate in front of the fans of his old club.

Maynard, 25,  joined Crewe as a seven-year-old and scored 35 goals in 67 appearances for the club before moving to Bristol City in 2008.

Maynard & Maiga Celebrate

Modibo Maiga marked his full début for West Ham by doubling the Hammers lead from close range after the half time break as we eased into the third round.

Sam Allardyce made 10 changes from Saturday’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to Swansea, with club captain Kevin Nolan the only player in the starting eleven to feature from that defeat.

Maynard’s future has been uncertain of late with some corners saying he could be sold, however West Ham No 2 Neil McDonald disagreed with this in his assessment of Maynard after the game:

Nicky Maynard needed a game and he scored against his old team. He has put in a decent performance and that is all you can do – a decent performance and a goal.

He is certainly a goal-scorer and he took his goal very, very well.

He is an important member of the squad and he has put in a good performance today and given the manager something to think about, that’s for sure.

Modibo Maiga also had a very lively game and Sam Allardyce will be scratching his head wondering how Maiga only scored once, the Mali striker was denied by Crewe’s goalkeeper from distance twice, sent a volley over from close range and also headed wide from a good position.

A few markers were put down by players pushing for inclusion for our next league game against Fulham on Saturday, but a win and a clean sheet was just the tonic after the self destruction against Swansea at the weekend.