Ghana star Andre Ayew thankful for goal in Istanbul derby

Ghana star Andre Ayew thankful for goal in Istanbul derby
Andre Ayew

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 26, 2018. 09:00

Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew has expressed his excitement after scoring for Fenerbahce against Istanbul derby rivals Besiktas in the Turkish Super Lig on Monday night.

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel put Besiktas ahead with a superb long-range strike in the 40th minute of the clash at the Ülker Stadyumu Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu Spor Kompleksi.

However, Fenerbahce fought back to level the game at 1-1, with Ayew scoring a superb header in the 71st minute, with an assist from Hasan Ali Kaldirim.

The Black Stars player, who is on loan at the Istanbul-based club from EFL Championship side Swansea City, has now scored twice in six league appearances in Turkey.

The result left Fenerbahce, who also featured North Africans Islam Slimani, Yassine Benzia and Aatif Chahechouhe in their starting line-up, in 13th place on the Super Lig table, while Besiktas are fourth.

Ayew took to Twitter to express himself after the match: “We really wanted a win in our stadium... an incredible atmosphere,” he wrote.

“We fought till the end and we will never give up... I thank Allah for this goal in my first derby.

“Let’s prepare for Sunday,” the Ghanaian added, referring to Fenerbahce’s upcoming Turkish Super Lig match away to Rizespor on September 30.

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