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Ghanaian striker Abdul Basit grabs quick-silver brace to save Free State Stars from relegation in South Africa

Published on: 10 May 2014
Abdul Basit Adams scored twice for Free State Stars

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghanaian striker Abdul Basit came off the bench to hit a brace to help Free State Stars maintain their top-flight status with a 3-0 victory over Moroka Swallows in the South African Premier Soccer League on Saturday evening.

Free State Stars started the game a little slowly with both Ghanaian international Basit and Daniel Adjei both on the bench, but came alive in the 28th minute when a shot from an acute angle on the right from Sibusiso Mthethwa struck the side netting.

After a pulsating first-half that ended scoreless, Stars coach Kinnah Phiri introduced the former New Edubiase United striker and he secured the destiny of his side with a double strike.

And, in the 72nd minute Basit turned home a Venter pass to give the Ea Lla Koto a 1-0 lead.

He then grabbed his brace and doubled his side’s lead a minute later, this time expertly scoring from a Henyekane assist.

Free State Stars went into the last game of the season facing the dangers of being relegated from the South African top-flight but a magically moment inspired by the 23-year-old Ghanaian ensured they remain on the top-flight.

The brace took his season tally to 7 goals in 19 league appearances.