Ghanaian Players Abroad – 28-30 March, 2014: Norwegian and Swedish leagues open, Asante makes mark in Norway
By Ing. George-Patrick Bediaku
The Norwegian Eliteserien kicked off with a host of matches, notable among them being the one with the most Ghanaians involved. Champions Strømsgodset at home to Start. And it was the rather obscure Ernest Kwabena Asante who grabbed a brace.
The Swedish Allsvenskan also kicked off on Sunday.
And…oh… Matthew Amoah is back on the score sheet. Albert Adomah too.
In the Championship, new left back convert Jeffrey Schlupp played the entire game as leaders Leicester City beat Burnley 2-0 away on Saturday.
Albert Adomah (87 minutes) scored the first goal as Middlesbrough beat Brighton & Hove 2-0 away on Saturday.
Emmanuel Frimpong came on in the 94th minute as Barnsley went away to beat bottom side Yeovil Town 4-1 on Saturday.
In the League Two, Partick Agyemang came on in the 80th minute as Portsmouth went away to beat Newport County 2-1 on Saturday.
In the Serie A, Sulley Muntari played 45 minutes and was replaced by Michael Essien as AC Milan beat Chievo 3-0 at home on Saturday.
Kwadwo Asamoah played 53 minutes as Juventus went away and were beaten 2-0 by Napoli on Sunday.
Afriyie Acquah played 70 minutes as Parma lost 2-3 away at Lazio on Sunday.
In the Serie B, Masahudu Alhassan played the entire game as Latina beat Carpi 1-0 at home on Saturday.
Raman Chibsah played the entire game as Sassuolo lost 0-2 at home to Roma on Sunday.
In the Bundesliga, Anthony Annan came on in the 84th minute for goalscorer Chinedu Obasi as Schalke 04 beat Hertha BSC 2-0 at home on Friday.
In the 3Liga, Phil Ofosu-Ayeh played the entire game as MSV Duisburg beat bottom Saarbrücken 2-0 away on Saturday.
In the Ligue 1, Jordan Ayew played the entire game against his parent club as Sochaux drew 1-1 at home against Andre Ayew's (90 minutes) Marseille on Saturday.
In the Ligue 2, Dennis Appiah featured for Caen who drew 1-1 away at Nancy on Friday.
In the Pro League, Eugene Ansah came on in the 79th minute as Lokeren were thrashed 5-1 away by leaders Club Brugge on Friday.
Bennard Yao Kumordzi played the entire game as Genk lost 0-3 at home to Zulte-Waregem on Saturday.
Nana Kwesi Asare played the whole game as Gent lost 0-1 at home to KV Oostende on Saturday.
Abraham Kudemor came on 81st minute as 10-man Sporting Charleroi went away to beat Mechelen 2-0 on Sunday.
In the 1.Division, Carlos Ohene came on in the 45th minute as AEL Limassol thrashed Ermis FC 4-0 at home on Saturday.
Razak Nuhu played 58 minutes as Apollon Limassol lost 0-3 away to APOEL Nicosia on Saturday.
In the Czech Liga, Isaac Sackey came on in the 12th minute as Slovan Liberec were thrashed 0-6 away at Viktoria Plzeň on Saturday.
In the Eredivisie, Christian Atsu provided the assist for the equaliser before being subbed out in the 73rd minute as Vitesse drew 2-2 at home with Heerenveen on Saturday.
Kwame Quansah played the entire game, Matthew Amoah came on in the 58th minute and scored a late winner as Heracles beat NEC 2-1 away on Saturday. Quansah was yellow-carded in the 85th minute.
In the Eliteserien, Enock Kofi Adu played the entire game as Stabæk beat Sogndal 3-0 at home on Sunday. Mahatma Otoo was on the bench for the visitors.
Adam Larsen Kwarasey conceded twice, Mohammed Abu played the entire game as Strømsgodset beat Start 4-2 on Sunday, with both the visitors' goals coming from Ernest Asante. Abu was yellow-carded in the 21st minute.
In the Premier League,
In the Premiership, Prince Buaben played 62 minutes as Partick Thistle drew 1-1 away with St. Johnstone on Saturday.
In the PSL, Rashid Sumaila came on in the 74th minute as Mamelodi Sundowns beat Pretoria University 2-1 at home on Sunday.
John Arwuah played 78 minutes as AmaZulu drew 0-0 away with Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.
In the Allsvenskan, Godsway Donyoh lasted 70 minutes in the season opener as Falkenberg were beaten 0-3 away at Malmö FF on Sunday.
King Osei Gyan played the entire game as Halmstad lost 1-2 at home to Sam Mensah's Örebro on Sunday. Mensah came on in the 90th minute.
In the Super League, Ebenezer Assifuah-Inkoom played the entire game as FC Sion lost 0-1 at home to St. Gallen on Saturday. He earned himself a 27th-minute yellow card.
Samuel Afum came on in the 78th minute as Young Boys were beaten 1-2 away at Aarau on Saturday.
In the 1Lig, Shaibu Yakubu scored the first goal as 1461 Trabzon drew 2-2 at home with Mersin İdmanyurdu on Saturday.
Emmanuel Banahene played the entire game as Şanlıurfaspor lost 1-3 away at Samsunspor on Saturday.
Richard Kingson, aka Faruk Gursoy, conceded once as Balıkesirspor beat Adanaspor 2-1 at home on Saturday.
United States of America
In the MLS, Patrick Nyarko came on in the 57th minute as Chicago Fire drew 2-2 away at DC United on Saturday.
Gershon Koffie played 76 minutes as Vancouver Whitecaps beat Houston Dynamo 2-1 at home on Sunday.
Khalif Alhassan came on in the 62nd minute as Portland Timbers lost 1-2 away at Dallas FC on Sunday.
Dominic Oduro played 62 minutes as Columbus Crew beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 away on Sunday.