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UEFA Con: Dynamo Kiev’s Mircea Lucescu blame defeat on Besiktas’ African nature

by Lesley Ngwa
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Dynamo Kiev’s head coach Mircea Lucescu, has attributed his club’s 2-3 defeat to Beşiktaş in the first-leg of the second preliminary rounds of the 2023/24 UEFA Conference League to the huge presence of African players in the ranks of the visitors.

The Black Eagles as Beşiktaş is fondly called line up seven players of African descent in their starting XI and when on to record a 3-2 win, in the game Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar put them ahead after 40 minutes from a well-taken penalty.

Thursday’s defeat at the Superbet Arena – Giulești in Stadium Bucharest defeat didn’t go down well with fans of the home side.

Second-half goals from Shaparenko and Voloshyn weren’t enough as Colley and Zaynotdinov added to Aboubakar’s first half goal to win it for the Turkish guest.

At the end of the game, Coach Mircea acknowledged the task was made even more difficult.

“We didn’t play against Beşiktaş, we played against the African National Team. The Gambian, Cameroon, Congolese, Ghanaian, Angolan. It’s hard to play against them because we only have 11 players trained in the club, the experienced Russian trainer revealed.

Daniel Amartey of Ghana, DR Congo’s Jackson Muleka plus Angolan finisher Gelson Fernandez, Jean Emile Onana of Cameroon form part of the African contingent which the 2018 Turkish champions are counting on this season.

Both clubs will fold their sleeves again to go down the Stadyumu Beşiktaş and perform on Thursday, August 31st in a game they need to avoid a defeat to advance.

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