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RECAP: Performance of Ghana Players abroad over the weekend

Ghanaian players across Europe got off to a flying start with their respective Clubs as the season kick started over the weekend.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The King Power Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Black Stars new boy Kevin Yeboah,  Obeng, Francis Narh, Joel Fameyeh, Geoffrey Acheampong Mohammed Abubakar and Kwabena Owusu were all on target for their respective Clubs.

442gh brings you an update on how Ghanaian players fared over the weekend.

ENGLAND

Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp were both handed starts in Crystal Palace’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea in the opening day of the English Premier League. Ayew played the entire minutes for Palace whiles Schlupp lasted 64minutes. Ghanaian-born Jasuran Rak-Sakyi came on to make his Premier League debut for Crystal Palace after he was introduced in the last 10minutes of the game.

Mohammed Salisu got the nod to start at centre-back but could not help Southampton avoid a 3-1 defeat to Everton at the Goodison Park. The defender played full throttle for his side.

At the King Power Stadium, Daniel Amartey was in top form for Leicester City who had to rely on a Jamie Vardy goal to pick maximum points as they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea is challenged by Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on August 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

In the Championship, Albert Adomah was unused in Queens Park Rangers 3-0 mauling of Hull City away from home.

Andy Yiadom also played at right back and helped his Reading side beat Preston North End 2-1 at home. The Ghana saw full action.

 

SPAIN

Idrissu Baba Mohammed played in midfielder in Real Mallorca’s 1-1 stalemate at home with Real Betis in the La Liga opener.

Joseph Aidoo was not given any minutes in Celta Vigo’s 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

In the Segunda Division, Ghana U23 striker Samuel Obeng rescued a point for Real Oviedo by scoring in their 2-2 draw with Lugo.

Stephen Buer was left on the bench in Fuenlabrada’s 0-0 with Tenerife .

 

ITALY

Youngster Abdullah Basit did not taste any action as his Benevento side drew 1-1 with SPAL in the Coppa Italia.

Still in the Coppa Italia, Mase Nana Addo Welbeck was on the bench for Catanzari when they lost 3-0 away to Chievo Verona.

 

GERMANY

In the Bundesliga, Christopher Antwi-Adjei played the entire 90minutes for his new Club Vfl Bochum in their 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg. Raman Chibsah was unused by Bochum.

Hans Nunoo Sarpei came on in the second half to play a part in Greuther Furth’s 5-1 humiliation at Stuttgart.

Kevin-Prince Boateng saw 57minutes of action in Hertha Berlin’s 3-1 loss to FC Cologne on the opening day.

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COLOGNE, GERMANY – AUGUST 15: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Kevin-Prince Boateng of Hertha BSC and Mark Uth of 1.FC Koeln battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Hertha BSC at RheinEnergieStadion on August 15, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga II, Michael Akoto played at right back and provided an assist to aid Dynamo Dresden beat Patrick Twumasi’s Hannover 96 1-0. Twumasi was on the Hannover 96 bench. Ghanaian-born Agyemang Diawusie was also on the bench for Dynamo Dresden.

Kelvin Ofori marked his Paderborn debut with a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.

 

FRANCE

Alexandre Djiku saw red in Strasbourg’s 4-2 loss to PSG in the Ligue. The defender was given his marching orders in the 81st minute for a second bookable offense. Majeed Waris watched the game from the Strasbourg bench.

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PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 14: Alexander Djiku of RC Strasbourg Alsace is shown a red card and sent off by referee Willy Delajod during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on August 14, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Kamaldeen Sulemana started his second game in succession for Stade Rennes when they drew 1-1 with Brest at the Stade Francis-Le Ble. The Ghanaian played 85minutes for Rennes.

Salis Samed also lasted the entire game for Clermont and helped them defeat Troyes 2-0.

Osman Bukari watched the game from the bench as his Nantes side picked valuable points by beating Metz 2-0.

Gideon Mensah and Enoch Kwarteng were all in action for Bordeaux during their 2-0 lost to Olympique Marseille.

In the Ligue II, Emmanuel Lomotey was at the heart of the Amiens midfield and got booked when they went away to beat Guingamp 2-0. Defender Nicholas Opoku was not in the Amiens match-day squad due to injury.

At the Stade Marcel-Picot, former Ghana U20 centre-back Emmanuel Ntim played 90minutes and helped Valencienne pick valuable points after beating Nancy 1-0.

NETHERLANDS

Kwesi Okyere Wriedt started the game for Williem II and lasted 70minutes as they got hammered 4-0 by Feyenoord.

AUSTRIA

Seth Paintsil came on just after recess to play in Hartberg’s 1-0 win over Ried in the Bundesliga.

Black Stars new boy Kelvin Yeboah was on target for Sturm Graz as they defeated LASK 3-1

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MARIA ENZERSDORF, AUSTRIA – JUNE 13: Kelvin Yeboah of WSG Tirol celebrates after scoring a goal during the tipico Bundesliga match between FC Flyeralarm Admira and WSG Swarovski Tirol at BSFZ Arena on June 13, 2020 in Maria Enzersdorf, Austria. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

In the Regionalliga, Gabriel Awuni was on the substitute bench for Wels during their 4-1 defeat to St. Anna.

Still in the Regionalliga, Ferdinand Takyi played 72minutes for Bishofshofen when they posted an impressive 3-0 victory over Wals-Grunau.

Pinzgau Saalfelden won 3-2 against Salzburger AK but finished with 10-men at the Saalfelden Arena after Felix Adjei got red carded in the 58th minute.

Abdulai Alhassan was a full-timer for Wiener Viktoria when they recorded a 4-2 win over Leobendorf. The Ghanaian was however booked in the cause of the game.

 

AZERBAIJAN

Former MTN Soccer Academy winner, Arago Jamal recorded a win on his debut for Sabail as they beat Sabah 1-0 at home.

 

BELARUS

Former Tema Youth and Ghana U20 star Francis Narh was on the score sheet in Slavia’s 2-2 draw away at Vitebsk. He however made way for Ghanaian compatriots Dennis Tetteh in the 81st minute.

 

BELGIUM

In the Belgian First Division, David Atanga, formerly of the Ghana U20 team came on to play for KV Oostende when they travelled away to defeat RFC Saraing.

Majeed Ashimeru was handed some game time after coming off the bench to play in Anderlecht’s 2-1 away win over Cercle Brugge.

Abraham Okyere, formerly of Inter Allies was also on the bench for Beerschot in their 1-0 loss to Standard Liege.

Thomas Agyepong also came on to play the last 12minutes in Lommel’s 3-2 loss to Waasland-Beveren .

Newly-invited Black Stars goalkeeper Abdul Manaf Nurudeen was in post for AS Eupen and conceded a goal in their 2-1 win over Sint-Truiden at the Stadion am Kehrweg. 19-year-old Isaac Nuhu came on to play the final 19minutes for AS Eupen.

 

BELARUS

Sulley Minuru came on to play for the Minsk team that lost 1-0 to BATE.

 

BOLIVIA

Goalkeeper David Akologo was on the bench for Aurora in their slender 1-0 loss to Always Ready.

 

CANADA

Former Dreams FC captain Leonard Owusu was in action for Vancouver Whitecaps as they drew goalless with SJ Earthquakes.

 

DENMARK

Former Ghana Premier League most promising player and Inter Allies midfielder Abdul Halik-Hudu came on as a second half substitute to make his second appearance for Lynby who went away to thrash Hobro 4-1 at the DS Arena.

Emmanuel Bio watched the game from the bench as his Fremad Amager side lost 2-1 at home to Jammerbugt.

Ghana Youth defender and former Inter Allies centre-back Frank Assinki was bench in HB Koge’s 3-1 loss to Nykobing.

 

EGYPT

Kwame Bonsu and Wilfred Cobbinah both started and got substituted in Ceramica Cleopatra’s 1-1 draw with Ghazel El Mahalla at the New Suez Stadium.

 

FINLAND

Former Black Stars midfielder Anthony Annan played 90minutes for Inter Turku when they lost 2-0 to Oulu.

Geoffrey Acheampong was on target for RoPS as they posted an emphatic 4-1 win over Klubi-O4. Mohammed Adams and Baba Mensah were all in action for RoPS and Klubi respectively.

 

LUXEMBURG

Brian Amofa featured in Progres Niederkorn’s 2-2 draw with F91 Dudelange at the Stade Jos Haupert

 

ISRAEL

Forward Richard Gadze made his debut for Bnei Sakhnin by coming on in the second half in their 3-2 defeat at home to Ironi Kiryat Shmona , the Ghanaian however had to make way 19minutes from time after picking up a knock.

 

JAPAN

Emmanuel Oti Esigba came on to play the final 10minutes for Vegalta Sendai as they shared honors at the Yurtec Stadium by drawing goalless with Yokohama in the J1 League.

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Brest’s French midfielder Hiang’a Mbock (L) fights for the ball with Rennes’ Ghanaian Kamal Deen Sulemana during the French L1 football match between Brest and Rennes at the Francis le Ble stadium in Brest, western France on August 15, 2021. (Photo by Fred TANNEAU / AFP) (Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

 

MEXICO

Former Inter Allies and 2013 FIFA U20 bronze ball winner Clifford Aboagye watched from the bench as his team Tigers UANL drew 1-1 with Puebla

 

PORTUGAL

Both Richard Ofori and Francis Cann played a role to help Vizela beat Tondela 2-1 in the Primeira Liga.

In the Segunda Liga, George Nana Kwame Ofosu came on to play in Varzim’s 1-1 stalemate with Academica.

 

MONACO

Former Ghana 17 captain Eric Ayiah played 90minutes as his Monaco II side lost 1-0 at home to Grasse in the National 2.

 

ROMANIA

Samuel Asamoah enjoyed the entire game for Chindia when they went away to draw 0-0 with U Craiova.

 

SERBIA

Both Sadick Abubakar and Ibrahim Mustapha played in Radnicki Sr.Mitrovica’s 5-2 victory over Timok Zajecar.

Former WAFA midfielder Ibrahim Tanko played 77minutes for Javor Ivanjica as they drew 1-1 with Red Beograd.

 

SLOVAKIA

Richmond Owusu played full throttle for Zilina II in their 3-0 loss to Slavoj Trebisov.

Former Dreams FC striker Zuberu Sharani was a second half substitute for Senica in their 1-1 stalemate with DAC 1904.

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Mauro ICARDI of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Alexander DJIKU of Strasbourg during the French Ligue 1 Uber Eats soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on August 14, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Black Stars goalkeeper Richard Ofori was back in post for Orlando Pirates and conceded twice as they lost 2-1 at home to Mbabane Swallows in the League Cup.

 

SWEDEN

Mohammed Abubakar could not help Malmo avoid a 3-2 defeat as he came on to play the last 15minutes in their 3-2 loss IFK Goteborg.

Thomas Boakye and Sadat Karim both helped Halmstad pick a point away from home by drawing 1-1 with Kalmar.

Enock Kwakwa watched the game from the bench when his Oster side lost 2-1 to Jonkopings Sodra.

Benjamin Acquah got some minutes in Helsingborg’s 3-0 win over Akropolis in the Superttan.

Naem Mohammed was one of the two scorers for Sandviken who beat Hudiksvall 2-0 in the Ettan.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: Mohammed Salisu of Southampton and Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton battle for possession during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on August 14, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

TURKEY

Joseph Attamah Larweh was introduced in the 46th minute but could do little to help them avoid a 3-0 loss to Altay in the Bornova Aziz Kocaoglu Stadium.

 

UKRAINE

Ghana youth defender Najeed Yakubu played the entire game for Vorskla as they managed a 1-1 draw with Vares Rivne.

Raymond Owusu also came on in the second half to play for Zorya as they shared honors with Minai.

In the 1.Lig, Striker Kwabena Owusu scored to help Ankaragucu draw 1-1 with Tuzlaspor.

Isaac Donkor and Samuel Tetteh were all in the Adanaspor team that drew 1-1 with Bursaspor. Tetteh was however unused in the game.

 

USA

In the USL Championship , midfielder Samuel Armah Ashitey was in action for Hartford as they lost 1-0 to Tempa Bay.

Isaac Bawa played 90minutes for LA Galaxy II when they lost 2-1 to Oakland Roots.

 

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Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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