Ghanaian defender Joseph Baffo's goal helps Halmstad BK to vital win in Sweden
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Ghanaian defender Joseph Baffo’s debut goal for Halmstad BK proofed the difference in their 2-1 victory over Norrköping in the Swedish Allsvenskan on Monday night.
The enterprising 21-year-old defender who joined Halmstad from Norwegian side Vålerenga hit the opener for Halmstad in the first-half added before Mikael Boman netted the winner after Emir Kujovi?, in the 76th minute, had cancelled out Baffo’s opener.
Norrköping had paraded men who defended gallantly and prevented their host from scoring. But it took the aggression of Baffo who won two league trophies at Helsingborg to break their resolve.
Johan Blomberg swung in a free kick from the left and the guests’ defenders could only stand and admire the force and strength with which he leaped above them to crash the ball into the net in the 2nd minute of added-time to score just his third career league goal.
While Baffo was in magnificent form in defence, midfielder King Osei-Gyan played a majestic role for Halmstad to recover from their last league loss and claim the maximum points at the Norrköpings Idrottspark.
Elsewhere in other games in Sweden, at the Nya Gamla Ullevi, four Ghanaians clashed when BK Hacken and Helsingborg IF squared off in a tight game. Attacker David Accam started for Helsingborg while former Ghana U17 skipper Nasiru Mohammed was in the Hacken line-up. On their respective benches were Richard Donkor and Ema Boateng who were not involved in the game.