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02.09.2013 Sports News

Ghanasoccernet.com's Team-of-the-week Is Here, Find Out Who Is On The Team-sheet

By ghanasoccernet.com
Samuel Afum leads the team of the week attackSamuel Afum leads the team of the week attack
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Ahead of the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Zambia, Ghanasoccernet.com runs the rule over the performance of Ghanaian players and select the best XI for the week. 

Find out who made the team-sheet and who has gatecrashed the starting line-up and who is dropped to the bench.

Formation: 4- 1 -3- 2
Daniel Agyei – Free State Stars
The former Liberty Professionals shot-stopper deposes Adam Kwarasey after his heroics against Bloemfontein Celtic in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Though Free State Stars conceded two late goals to split the points, it was the bribery of the 23-year-old which helped Ea Lla Koto to salvage a point from the game at the at the Free State Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Agyei possessed excellent reflexes in goal as he made two crucial stops.

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah should watch the former Ghana U20 hero again.

Daniel Opare – Standard Liege
Liege are unstoppable in the Belgian Pro League as they have recorded six wins in their opening six games. On Sunday they downed Kortrijk with a commanding display to establish a territory at the summit of the table.

And, at the heart of that eye-catching showing is Daniel Opare, the former Real Madrid Castilla player.

Though Kortrijk are not one of the most fearsome sides attackingly but there were absolutely toothless and disappointed with most of their orchestrations with as Opare stamped his authority, cutting almost every single attacking intentions they made at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.

The former AshGold Academy graduate had a hand in Laurent Ciman's 57th minute doubler for Liege.

Nana Akwasi Asare – KAA Gent
Since his return to the Pro League, the former FC Utrecht captain has displayed top class performance in every single game and Saturday's win over Mons was one of such performance.

His show was a top drawer and he was a constant threat to the away side.

Jonathan Mensah – Evian TG
Beating top level clubs always demand something special and Jonathan Mensah helped Evian Thonon Gaillard do just that as they condemned Lyon to their fourth straight defeat in all competitions this season.

Lyon's attack looked razor-sharp alright but an Evian defensive shield made of Jonathan Mensah always made them struggle as they faltered to yet another defeat.

John Boye – Stade Rennes
After coming off the bench in the 13th minute, Boye solidified the hosts' defence and kept Salomon Kalou and the Lille strikeforce under close surveillance.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu - Udinese
His first goal of the season propelled Udinese to their first win of the season.

The 22-year-old capitalised on a defensive howler by Mattias Cassani to claim the opening goal at the Stadio Communale Fruili for Udinese.

His high brimming energy levels helped and power helped Udinese to claim their win over Parma.

Kwadwo Asamoah – Juventus
Asamoah held down his place in the starting line-up as the Bianconeris defeated Lazio 4-1 to keep their 100% record intact.

His understanding and telepathy with Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo was a hallmark of his deep thinking abilities.

Kevin-Prince Boateng – Schalke
The former AC Milan enforcer marked his debut for Schalke and in the 30th minute, his audacious curler from 25 yards formed the talking point at the Veltins Arena.

His speed, vision and deliveries provided Schalke with something they had missed all season.

Indeed he was influential in their first win of the season.

Andre Ayew – Olympique Marseille
A winger of so many qualities and AS Monaco learnt their lessons on Sunday night.

Though Marseille surprisingly lost the game, Andre was on the standout player on the night.

He perpetually harassed the Monaco defence and he never went to rest until the final whistle.

Ernest Asante – IK Start
The former Fetteh Feyenoord winger assisted three of Start's seven goals and got his name onto the score-sheet finishing from close range with a precised low volley.

Samuel Afum – Young Boys Bern
Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah must be watching the progress of the 23-year-old. In Sunday's Swiss Super League top-liner, he came off the bench to score a goal of the week contender for Young Boys in their 2-1 loss at FC Basel.

Afum's pace, technique and range-shooting abilities made him the most dangerous player on the pitch.

His goal was a header and the hosts' defence could do nothing but stand and admire the confidence and power with which he went into the air and directed the ball at goal.

Richmond Boakye-Yiadom – Elche FC
The Juventus loanee marked his debut in the Spanish La Liga and he scored deep into second half stoppage-time to steal a point for Elche at Almeria in a 2-2 draw.

Subs: Adam Kwarasey – Stromsgodset, Baba Abdul Rahman – Greuther Furth, Harrison Afful – Esperance de Tunis, Kwame Karikari – Balikesirspor, King Osei-Gyan – Viking, Shadrach Kwesi Eghan – FC Twente.

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