Ghanaian Players Abroad – 16-18 May, 2014: Gyan scores to win Cup final; Accam loses Cup final; Assifuah brace; Muntari, Andre, Otoo, Boakye Yiadom on target
By Ing. George-Patrick Bediaku (Follow on Twitter @gpbediaku)
The major leagues have ended the seasons. And Ghanaian players were involved, either in the winning or losing situations.
Asamoah Gyan, who can’t seem to stop scoring, grabbed the winning goal as Al Ain won the UAE President's Cup. That is the fourth title he has won in three years at the club. He scored his 6th goal in 5 games of the competition. And in 42 games ina ll competitions this season, Gyan has scored 45 goals. Wow!
Fatau Dauda may not have played but Orlando Pirates won the Nedbank Cup, so yes, he has won a title in his debut season in South Africa.
Someone who will not be as happy is David Accam whose Helsingborg lost 0-1 to Elfsborg in the Svenska Cupen final in Sweden, especially after he missed a couple of good chances to score.
Jordan Ayew is also among the list of unhappy ones as Sochaux were relegated on the final day. But it is Jonathan Mensah who will be happy as Evian TG survived the drop at the expense of Sochaux. Andre Ayew also ended on a high note as his goal secured a win for Marseille on the last day. Muntari’s rocket of a goal helped AC Milan to a win.
Mahatma Otoo has found his scoring boots, Richmond Boakye Yiadom scored a consolation goal, Sadat Bukari scored in Romania and Ebenezer Assifuah-Inkoom grabbed a brace.
Here is your comprehensive round-up. Enjoy!
In the Serie A, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu came on in the 65th minute as Udinese drew 3-3 at home with Sampdoria on Saturday.
Kwadwo Asamoah played the entire game as champions Juventus hosted and beat Cagliari 3-0 on Sunday.
Afriyie Acquah played the entire game as Parma hosted and beat Alfred Duncan's (90 mins) relegated Livorno 2-0 on Sunday.
Sulley Muntari (59 mins) scored the opener as 9-man AC Milan ended the season with a 2-1 home win over Raman Chibsah's (73rd min) Sassuolo on Sunday.
In the Serie B, Moro Alhassan came on in the 85th minute as Cesena went away to beat Reggina 2-1 on Saturday.
Ransford Selasi came on in the 50th minute as Pescara lost 1-2 away at Padova on Saturday.
In the 2 Bundesliga, Abdul Baba Rahman came on in the 84th minute as Greuther Fürth hosted and beat Sandhausen 2-0 on Sunday.
In the Ligue 1, Andre Ayew (90 mins) ensured that Olympique Marseille ended their season on a high, as he scored to beat Guingamp 1-0 at home on Saturday.
Conversely, Jordan Ayew (90 mins) ended his season on a low as Sochaux were relegated with a 0-3 home loss to Jonathan Mensah's (90 mins) Evian TG on Saturday.
In the Ligue 2, Dennis Appiah played the first 45 minutes as Caen drew 2-2 away with Dijon on Friday.
In the La Liga, Richmond Boakye Yiadom came on in the 74th minute and scored his side's consolation goal as Elche lost 1-3 away at Europa Champs Sevilla on Sunday. Elche survived the drop.
In the Pro League, Frank Acheampong came on in the 84th minute as Anderlecht hosted and beat Lokeren 3-1 to become the new league champions on Sunday.
Daniel Opare (90 mins) may most likely have played his last game for Liège, providing the assist for the winner as Standard Liège beat Genk 1-0 at home on Sunday.
In the Superliga, Francis Dickoh played 81 minutes as Midtjylland lost 1-3 away at SønderjyskE on Sunday.
Thomas Agyiri came on in the 65th minute as TPS lost 0-2 away at Jaro on Saturday.
In the Eliteserien, Mahatma Otoo (70 minutes) opened the scoring as Sogndal let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 away with Aalesund on Friday.
Ernest Asante played 80 minutes as Start drew 2-2 at home with Vålerenga on Friday.
Enock Kofi Adu played the entire game as Stabæk went away to beat Rosenborg 3-1 on Friday.
Adam Kwarasey conceded once, Mohammed Abu played the entire game as Strømsgodset hosted and beat Sarpsborg 08 4-1 on Friday.
Republic of Ireland
In the Premier Division, Prince Agyemang played the entire game as Limerick were beaten 1-2 at home by leaders Dundalk on Friday.
In the Liga I, Sadat Bukari (64 mins) scored his side's 3rd, Seidu Yahaya played the entire game as Astra Giurgiu thrashed ACS Poli Timisoara 5-1 at home on Friday.
Fatau Dauda did not play as Orlando Pirates beat Wits University 3-1 to become NedBank Cup Champions on Saturday.
In the Allsvenskan, David Accam lost out on a title as Helsingborg lost 0-1 to Elfsborg in the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) on Sunday. However, he has something to smile about as he is joint top scorer in the competition with Robin Söder, with 6 goals.
In the Superettan, Karim Sadat made his debut, coming on in the 60th minute and providing the assist for the winner as Landskrona beat GAIS 2-1 at home on Friday.
In the Super League, Ebenezer Assifuah-Inkoom (34 mins) scored his side's first two goals as FC Sion hosted and beat Grasshopper 3-1 on Sunday.
United Arab Emirates
Asamoah Gyan scored the winner as Al Ain beat Al Ahly 1-0 to lift the UAE President's Cup on Sunday. His 6th goal in 5 games in the tourney.
United States of America
In the MLS, Patrick Nyarko played 59 minutes as Chicago Fire beat Kansas City Wizards (Sporting KC) 2-1 at home on Sunday.