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Ghana and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman joins French side Stade Reims

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Ghana and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman joins French side Stade Reims

Ghana and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman joins French side Stade Reims

Ghana defender Abdul Baba Rahman has joined French top-flight side Stade Reims from English club Chelsea, Ghanasoccernet.com can reveal. Rahman is joining Ligue 1 side Stade Reims on loan until the end of the season.

After successfully passing the physical and medical tests on Tuesday, Reims contracted the left-back until June 2019.

Baba opted to move to France as he wants to get more playing time to secure a place in Ghana’s squad for the next African Cup of Nations.

Reims are looking for a strong defender to replace Ghislain Konan who is out for the rest of the season because of injury and Baba fit the description of the player they want.

The negotiation was long: Chelsea had to break the player’s loan agreement with FC Schalke 04, and take a big chunk of the player’s salary.

The 24-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Augsburg for £14m in 2015.

He made 23 appearances in his first season at the club under Jose Mourinho during a disappointing campaign for the team.

However, he fell out of favour under new boss Antonio Conte the following season and moved to Schalke on loan for the season.

Ghanasoccernet.com

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Kwesi Appiah scores as AFC Wimbledon lose to Fleetwood

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Ghana forward Kwesi Appiah was on target for AFC Wimbledon as they narrowly lost to Fleetwood Town in the English League 1 on Saturday.

The 27-year old scored his first of the season after putting the Dons in the lead on 26 minutes.

Wimbledon had to put in a resilient performance to hold their lead in the first half at the Highbury Stadium.

However, Paddy Madden pulled the level for Fleetwood after 56 minutes.

The home side then took the lead a little over the hour mark through Josh Morris.

Appiah lasted the entire duration but the Dons could not salvage a point despite a good end to the game.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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Thomas Partey happy to play first preseason game as Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 2-1

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is happy to have played his first preseason game which ended in a win against Italian giants Juventus at the Friends Arena in Sweden.

Atletico defeated Juventus by 2-1 in the International Champions Cup played on Saturday.

Record signing Joao Felix got the two goals for the Madrid club while Khedira pulled one back for the Italian Champions.

The Ghanaian International who missed Atletico Madrid’s tour to the USA due to his involvement with Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations made his debut for the club ahead of the new season as he came off the bench in the second half.

Partey had a decent game and helped his side to secure the win.

“Great team performance, happy for my first minutes to prepare for the season ahead”, Partey indicated on his page.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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CAF Champions League: Kano Pillars 3-2 Asante Kotoko – Rabiu Ali inspires comeback

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CAF Champions League: Kano Pillars 3-2 Asante Kotoko - Rabiu Ali inspires comeback

Captain Rabiu Ali scored with an overhead kick as Kano Pillars came from behind to beat Asante Kotoko 3-2 in the first leg Caf Champions League preliminary round clash at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Saturday.

Sai Masu Gida opened the scoring 11 minutes into the game through Rahaqqu Adam and held on to a 1-0 advantage until half-time.

However, the Porcupines came strong in the second half as goals from Justice Blay and then Godfred Asiamah looked like they were going to steal a famous 2-1 win in Nigeria.

Pillars are aware they still have a huge task ahead of them as they head for the second leg in Kumasi in a fortnight, having conceded two goals at home in Saturday’s thrilling encounter.

With four of his regular players not registered for this preliminary round, coach Ibrahim Musa expectedly tweaked his usual attacking set-up.

Nwagua Nyima was paired up front with Rahaqqu with captain Ali behind the two strikers.

Coach Kjetil Zachariassen also named a strong starting line-up for Kotoko having promised a solid away performance.

Justice Blay, Samuel Frimpong, Emmanuel Gyamfi and George Abege were all handed starting roles by the manager.

Pillars were dominant in the early exchanges and after a series of attacking pressure on the Kotoko defence, they got the opening goal in the 11th minute through Rahaqqu who hit a low shot from inside the box.

Despite the early opening goal, Pillars were unable to increase their advantage as they failed to utilise the other chances they created until half time.

Those missed chances by Pillars in the first half proved costly as the Porcupines came out smoking in the second half and ten minutes after the restart, the visitors got a deserved equaliser.

Blay, who had been threatening all day, kept his head down to produce a low header beyond the helpless Kano Pillars goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso to restore parity for his team.

While Pillars tried to get back in front as fast as they could, they committed some needless fouls and they were punished in the 67th minute for one of their rash challenges.

Asiamah won a free-kick after he was illegally halted in his run towards the penalty box.

The winger dusted himself for the resulting kick and hit it straight into the net to give Kotoko a shock 2-1 lead.

From then it was Pillars all the way as their vociferous fans cheered them on and captain Ali came to the rescue with his 70th-minute bicycle kick before Gambo sealed victory with another goal moments after.

Despite Saturday’s win, Pillars are still walking a tightrope in their quest to progress to the next stage as they would be faced with a stern test in the second leg in Kumasi in a fortnight.

The winners after the two-legged tie between Pillars and Kotoko are billed to face Hafia FC of Guinea or Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel in the next stage.

Source: Goal.com

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