ISL: Chennaiyin FC rep in Ghanaian striker Kwame Karikari

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) []July 2 (): Indian super league club Chennaiyin FC has strengthened its attack by recruiting forward Kwame Karikari for the upcoming season.

The Ghanaian footballer will join Marina Machans after an impressive outing in the Thai League for Nakhonratchasima Mazda. He scored 13 goals in 29 league games for the Thai club last season.

Karikari was also the second highest scorer for Mazda in the Thai FA Cup with four goals in six matches. Karikari adds valuable experience to Chennaiyin’s attack, having played 261 games during his 11-year professional career with 84 goals and 13 assists. to his name.

The striker has done his job for 12 clubs in eight top leagues worldwide.

He also has two Europa League goals, which came against CSKA and PSV Eindhoven in 2012.

Speaking about the club’s third foreign signing this summer, Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani said: “I would like to welcome Kwame Karikari to the Chennaiyin family. I think he has the technical ability and the physical ability to succeed in India. We have had many fantastic forwards at this club and I think Kwame should be able to match those standards. ” Karikari has spent most of his in the Swedish league, including for AIK Solna, with which he made his professional debut as a 19-year-old in 2011. He played 58 matches, including seven Europa League matches, for them and made 10 goals over competitions in five seasons.

Halmstads and Degerfors were the other Swedish clubs Karikari chose for.

“I am very happy to join Chennaiyin FC. I can not wait to get started with the new team and I am really looking forward to this new and exciting challenge,” said Karikari, who also represented at U-20 Africa. Cup.

It was 2015 when Karikari made a permanent move from and went to the Turkish side, Balikesirspor.

He played 40 games for them in two seasons and recorded 12 goals and five assists. He later appeared for clubs in such as , , Georgia and . He was part of Dinamo Tabilisi’s title-winning campaign in the Georgian league 2018-19. (ANI)





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