KP Boateng: former Ghanaian international missing for Hertha Berlin in Bundesliga


Germany-born Kevin-Prince Boateng has been suggested for a possible return to Ghana, but the midfielder was completely absent when Hertha Berlin and Augsburg settled for a 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

On Matchday 13 at the Olympiastadion, Marco Ritcher opened the scoring for hosts Hertha in the first half before a reply from Michael Gregoritsch in the second half evened the score.

The result places the local team in 14th place in the standings, two places and one point ahead of the opponents of the day.

Boateng failed to make Hertha’s day squad a day later GOAL reported on how he was supported for a return to national duty by former Ghanaian defender Dan Quaye, having been sidelined since he last played for the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup .

Algerian striker Ishak Belfodil, meanwhile, led the attack on Hertha that day.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Togolese striker Ihlas Bebou scored a hat-trick as Hoffenheim beat Greuther Furth 6-3 to move up to fifth place in the league table.

The game’s first goal, however, came from Ghanaian-born German Under-21 forward Jamie Leweling for Furth in the 22nd minute.

Nigerian center-back Kevin Akpoguma and Malian midfielder Diadie Samassekou were part of Hoffenheim’s starting lineup.

At the heart of the home side’s defense was Ghanaian export Hans Nunoo Sarpei, who played away from his more familiar midfield position.

Nigerian forward Dickson Abiama has also started for the Cloverleaves, for whom young German-Ghanaian star Gideon Jung continues to not be sidelined with injury.

Nigerian full-back Kingsley Ehizibue and Ghanaian midfielder Kingsley Schindler were left out of Cologne’s starting XI as they kept Borussia Mönchengladbach in a 1-1 stalemate.

The latter, however, came on in the 51st minute, but the former watched the full game from the dugout. Tunisian midfielder Ellyes Skiri held the entire match, however.

Algerian left-back Ramy Bensebaini played the full 90 minutes for Mönchengladbach.

At Vonovia Ruhrstadion, Ghanaian winger Christopher Antwi-Adjei replaced Bochum in the 85th minute in his 2-1 home win over Freiburg.

His compatriot and teammate Raman Chibsah was not part of the day’s squad.


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