Decisive African goals in Nordic football leagues

Ivorian striker Franck Boli in action for Stabaek in the Norwegian league

With six matches remaining, the Swedish football championship is in its decisive stage and goals from African strikers will surely prove to be important.

The 24th round last weekend saw Nigerian Moses Ogbu hit the equalizer for lowly-placed Sirius in a 1-1 draw against Norrkoping, who are at the second spot, eight points behind league leaders AIK. Ugandan defender Ronald Mukiibi lifted the curtian in the 13th minute as Ostersund beat Djurgarden 2-0.

Orebro made light work of Trelleborg, winning 4-0 with Nigerian Kennedy Igboananike scoring in the 12th minute.

In Sweden’s second tier football championship, the Superettan, also in its closing stages, Nigerian Chison Egbuchunam hit his 11th goal in the competition when he struck after 53 minutes for first-placed Falkenberg in a 3-2 win over Brage. Ivorian attacker Christian Kouakou made it 2-2 for Brage.

Other leagues in the Nordic region had a a few African strikes.

Liberian international Sam Johnson scored twice as Valerenga, 6th on the table, won 3-2 over IK Start. He scored in both halves before setting up the winner in the 89th minute in the 24th round encounter. Haugesund collected all the points after pipping Bodo/Glimt 1-0 with Nigerian Babajide Akintola providing the goal. Aliou Coly opened the score for Krisitiansund as they went down 2-1 to Ranheim. Ivorian Franck Boli scored two goals for Stabaek who went down 3-2 to Lillestrom

The Danish Superliga witnessed a hatrick from Ghanaian Godsway Donyou, who scored in both halves as Nordsjaelland trounced 4-1 while Nigerian Paul Onuachu hit Midtjylland’s fifth in a 5-2 bashing of Sonderjyske, all in 11th round matches.

In Finland, Senegal’s Issa Thiaw scored one for Ilves as they overcame PS Kemi 4-0. That was the player’s 7th goal in the league. Central Africa Repulbic’s Sterling Yateke scored for TPS in a 5-2 win over Lahti.