Goitom goals propel AIK to Swedish title

Goitom keeps scoring in the decisive stage of the championships
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Henok Goitom was on target Thursday as AIK beat Gothenburg 2-0 in a 23rd round encounter in the Swedish football premiership.

This was the Eritrean strikers’s 12th goal for the season as league leader AIK, take joint steps every week to winning the tittle. Seven matches are left in the competition.

The AIK skipper is now the highest scoring African in the Allsvenskan and third overall. That was the only African strike in the round but the 22nd round last weekend saw more African goals.

Striker Maic Sema of DR Congo heritage pounced in the 85th minute as his side Sundsvall crushed Brommapojkarna 3-1 while Ghanaian defender Samuel Mensah grabbed the lone goal in added time as Ostersund dismissed Sirius 1-0.

Goitom served as the lone provided as AIK triumphed 1-0 over rivals Hammarby in front of close to 50,000 spectators at the Friends Arena.

Just one level below in the 24th round of the first division, known as Superettan, Nigerian Chisom Egbuchunam scored his 10th in the campaign when he grabbed one for Falkenberg in a 2-0 trouncing of Jonkoping. Ghanaian Karim Sadat scored the consolation for Landskrona as they lost to Halmstad 2-1.

Ivorian Christain Kouakou hit the net but his side Brage went down 4-1 to Orgryte while goals from Nigerian Onyedikachu Nnamani and Guinean Ousmane Camara helped Eskilstuna win 3-0 over Oster.

In the Norwegian premiership, Eliteserien, Nigerian Chidera Ejuke scored as Valerenga lost 3-2 to Odd while Ivorian striker Franck Boli hit a brace to steer Stabaek to a 3-2 victory over Ranheim. Another Ivorian Aboubakar Keita scored the winner for Stabaek three minutes from the end.

The Finnish top league saw Ghanaian Reuben Ayarna scoring for 4th placed KuPS in a 1-all draw with Honka, cancelling an earlier strike by Gambian goalgetter Macoumba Kandji, who has scored 15 times this season. Central African Republic’s Sterling Yateke opened the score in the 8th minute for TPS as they drew 2-2 with Mariehamn in the 29-week-old league. That was the 19-year-old’s 5th goal in six matches in his debut season.

Only one African strike was recorded in the Icelandic premiership. Guinea Bissau’s defender Eddi Gomes grabbed the winner for FH in a 2-1 defeat of Valur.