Soccer News of Tuesday, 29 January 2013


Ghanaian players abroad


Both Ayew brothers again played 90 minutes and for the second straight week, both scored again for Olympique Marseille in their 2-2 draw at Rennes who of course had John Boye absent on Africa Cup duty with the Black Stars.

Elsewhere, Ishmael Yartey couldn’t even make the bench for Sochaux who lost 2-0 at Montpellier. In the Ligue 2, Haminu Dramani was absent for Arles Avignon in their 0-2 loss at Angers whilst dennis Appiah warmed the bench for AS Monaco who drew 2-2 against Guigamp.


Kevin Prince Boateng played all 90 minutes but Sulley Muntari was only a benchwarmer for Milan who won 1-0 at Atalanta.

Isaac Coffie played the entire duration whilst 18 year old compatriot Caleb Ekuban made the bench for the first time ever for Chievo Verona as they won impressively, 1-0 at Lazio but Amidu Salifu was only on the bench for Catania in their 2-1 victory over Fiorentina.

In Serie B, Yussif Raman Chibsah came on as a 90th minutes substitute for Sassuolo who lost 1-2 at Crotone who didn’t feature Parma loanee Bright Addae. .Yaw Asante was an unused substitute for Grosseto in their 3-1 win over Citadella.

AC Milan loanee Edmund EtseHottor was completely absent for Virtus Lanciano in their 2-1 win at Varese but MasahuduAlhassan played all 90 minutes but compatriot Ahmed Apimah Barruso was not even on the bench for Novara as they won 2-0 at Empoli.


Emmanuel Frimpong was late to make it for new loan club, Fulham’s 4-1 FA Cup loss to Manchester United.

In the championship, PrinceBuaben again failed to make the Watford squad for their 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest whilst Bristol City, albeit without Albert Adomah beat Ipswich Town 2-1but Jeffrey Schulpp who is reportedly training at Manchester United, missed Leicester City’s 1-1 draw at Huddersfield in the FA Cup to force a replay.

In League 2, Andrew Yiadom played 84 minutes for Barnet who lost 1-0 at Burton Albion.


Michael Essien played all 90 minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick for Real Madrid who beat Getafe 4-0 whilst Manchester United loanee, Michael Abu started on the bench for Rayo Vallecano against real Bwas in imetis.


Ghana-pursuit Karim Bellarabi, born to a Ghanaian father and Moroccan mother in Berlin and who has played for Germany at U-21 levelwas absent for Bayer Leverkusen in their 0-0 draw at Freiburg.

18 year old Abdul Rahman Baba played all 90 minutes for Greuther Furth but could not help them avoid a 0-3 home loss to Mainz which keeps them bottom of Bundesliga.

Teenage international, Afriyie Acquah was on the bench for 2nd from bottom, Hoffeinheim in their 2-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt after making the switch from Italy in midweek.


Daniel Opare returned from a 3-month injury layoff on the bench for Standard Liege in their 2-0 victory over Kortrijkt.

Abdul-Yajinu Iddi scored again, this time in injury time to power Mechelen to a 2-1 win over Genk who had Bernard Yao Kumordzi on the bench whilst Rahim Ayew and Richard Ofori both featured for 90 minutes in Lierse’s 0-2 loss at Zulte-Waregem.


Kwame Quansah lasted all game for Almelo Heracles lost 5-1 at home to PSV who had Dutch-born Ghanaian winger Memphis Depayon the bench.

Elsewhere, Nana Kwesi Asare played all 90 minutes for Utrecht in their 3-1 over Willem II, but Mattew Amoah’s statistics since joining Heerenveen at the beginning of the season remains played zero, scored zero after again missing their 1-1 draw at PFC Zwolle for who Fred Benson played 65 minutes.


Former Ghana goal king, Shaibu Yakubu played all 90 minutes for Enosis who drew 0-0at Appollon but Carlos Ohene’sAlki host Doxa on Monday.