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Sports News of Monday, 10 December 2018


The best and worst of Ghanaians players abroad

Too Good: Jeffrey Schlupp - While Jordan Ayew continues his search for a first Premier League goal for Crystal Palace, compatriot and club mate Jeffrey Schlupp registered his second strike of the season as The Eagles fell to a 3-2 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday. Having joined the action in the 55th minute, the substitute made the most of his limited opportunity by adding his name to the score sheet 21 minutes later. It was his eighth league substitute appearance of the campaign.

Too Bad: Baba Rahman - For the umpteenth time, the left-back was nowhere in Schalke 04's matchday squad for a major game. The 24-year-old, on loan from Chelsea, has made only two Bundesliga appearances for the Royal Blues so far this season, remaining an unused substitute on one other occasion. On Saturday, he again could not make the bench as Schalke lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund.

Too Good: Caleb Ekuban - Yet to start a league game for new side Trabzonspor, the Italian-born striker of Ghanaian descent registered his third goal of the Turkish Super Lig as his club handed Konyaspor a 3-0 defeat on Saturday. He moved to Turkey on loan from English outfit Leeds United in August and has so far made 10 substitute outings for the Black Sea Storm.

Too Bad: Patrick Twumasi - On Wednesday, the attacker was a second half substitute as Deportivo Alaves lost 2-1 to Girona in the Spanish Cup. On Saturday, the 24-year-old was completely missing from El Glorioso's matchday squad as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in La Liga. Twumasi has just two league appearances to his name for Alaves following a summer move from Kazakh club Astana.

Too Good: Alfred Duncan - The Ghana international put up a Man of the Match performance as Sassuolo and Fiorentina played out a 3-3 draw in the Italian Serie A on Sunday. The midfielder scored the opener for the Neroverdi before setting up Khouma Babacar for the second goal. It was his first league strike of the season, the game his 10th start of the term.

Bad: Raphael Dwamena - Having scored his first ever goal for Levante in the Spanish Cup on Thursday, it was surprising to see Raphael Dwamena completely missing from the club's matchday squad as they faced Eibar in La Liga on Sunday. The game, which ended in a 4-4 draw, could have been the striker's fourth league appearance for Levante following a move from Swiss club FC Zurich in August.

Too Good: William Owusu Acheampong - The Royal Antwerp striker took his goal tally in the Belgian topflight to six as he netted in a 3-0 away victory over Cercle Brugge on Sunday. It was his 16th league outing, involving 11 starts.

Too Good: Francis Amuzu - There was a debut league goal for Belgian youngster of Ghanaian descent Francis Amuzu when Anderlecht hosted Sporting Charleroi in the Belgian topflight on Sunday. The winger, who can also play in defence, scored the opener for the Purple and White but Cristian Benavente's own goal a minute to full-time forced a 1-1 draw. It was the 19-year-old's 13th league outing and 10th start of the season.

Too Good: Elvis Manu – The Dutch-born striker, who has pledged his international future to Ghana, registered his fourth league goal for Turkish side Akhisarspor in their stunning 3-0 home victory over giants Fenerbahce on Sunday. His 13th Super Lig appearance following a summer move from Genclerbirligi, the 25-year-old joined Sunday’s fixture as a 69th-minute substitute and scored 13 minutes later.