Ghana’s Acheampong makes history in China by scoring a brace in one minute

Acheampong celebrating goal

Frank Acheampong registered a  double in one minute in Tianjin Teda’s 4-1 victory over Tianjin Songjiang FC on Saturday in the Chinese Super League.

 The winger scored the two goals in one minute (25th and 26 minutes respectively) for the relegation-threatened side

Yuanyi Li scored the third goal in the 76th minute before Brazilian Alexandre Pato reduced the arrears in the 85th minute for the away side.

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A 93rd minute own-goal from Wang Jie gave Tianjin Teda’s three-goal lead.

He started his football career with Ghanaian side, under the direction of Romain Krider, his first coach. He was called up for trials by Sheikh Mansour, who owns the English side Manchester City, to his base in Abu Dhabi, to be observed by Al-Jazeera, the other club he owns. In 2010, he was on trial for Croatian club NK Osijek but he couldn’t secure a work permit.

In February 2011, he moved to Thai League T1 side Buriram United. After his impressive performance in Thai League T1, Archeampong received an invitation for a trial with Scottish club Celtic in December 2012. In January 2013 Acheampong joined Belgian club R.S.C. Anderlecht on a loan spell until the end of the 2012–2013 season.

On 16 April 2013, Belgian champions R.S.C. Anderlecht secured the services of Acheampong for a fee of €1 million. On 28 July, Acheampong made his debut for Anderlecht against KSC Lokeren; he came on in the 70th minute in a 2–3 loss.

In the 4–1 win over KAA Gent, he came on in the 69th minute and netted his first goal in Belgium.

On 13 July 2017, Anderlecht declared that Acheampong had joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda on a six month loan. He made his debut on 22 July 2017.

In August 2012, Acheampong was invited to the national team for the international friendly match against China PR in Xi’an. He made his first appearance in the starting lineup while Ghana drew 1–1 with China on 15 August. On 17 September Acheampong made his  UEFA Champions League debut against Benfica; he came on as a substitute in the 46th minute; it ended as a victory for Benfica.

On 23 September 2012, he was named the captain of the Ghana U-20’s. In a match against Morocco U-20 in 2013 African Youth Championship qualification, he netted twice as the Ghana U-20’s won the match 4–1.

On 10 September 2013, Acheampong registered his first international goal for Ghana against Japan in an friendly match.

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