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Asante scores twice against Kwarasey in Norway opener but Ghana keeper excels

Published on: 30 March 2014
Ernest Asante scored twice for IK Start

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghanaian winger Ernest Asante got his Norwegian season to a flying start after scoring a brace for IK Start in a 4-2 reverse at champions Stromsgodset who had goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey pulling some excellent saves.

The 25-year-old scored in the 10th and 27th minutes to ensure Start ended the first-half with a 2-2 draw but Stromsgodset returned from the break to claim victory at the Marienlyst Stadion in Drammen.

Asante, a former Fetteh Feyenoord Academy graduate, stun the home fans when he cruised forward, to intercept an Adam Kwarasey pass to a team-mate and before firing past the Ghana goalkeeper.

Stromsgodset, featuring Mohammed Abu in midfield, drew level through Gustav Wikheim in the 16th minute but Asante rose to the occasion and restored his side's lead.

Espen Hoff moved into space and located an unmarked Asante who clinically finished off for his second goal of the game.

Asante's brace has helped him to be among top scorers of the Norwegian top-flight after the opening weekend.

Kwarasey's performances during the match will delight Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah as his agility prevented IK Start from scoring any further goals in the match.


  • nana says:
    March 31, 2014 07:52 pm
    @benito, you are funny Gigi bufon even concede and the German goal keeper ,if you are new to the game you expect perfection but no one is perfect homie, all you shd ask for is a good goal keeper and a great defenders
  • benito says:
    March 31, 2014 12:53 pm
    My brother I agree with ,kwarasey can't be the first keeper,he is inconsistent and lack much confidence,olele must come back with his experience now that he is playing.
  • Troy says:
    March 31, 2014 11:31 am
    Charlee me I don't really have hope in this Kwaresey Guy he always concedes. What if he concedes and we are unable to recover? BuT Dauda too hmm 3y3 asem o. I don't think Appiah will let Adams be our No1 too.
  • Ark says:
    March 30, 2014 08:45 pm
    Keep up the good work and may God bless u abundantly.