New start: Donsah prepares for Cagliari life after Zola sack


Godfred Donsah’s breakthrough in the Italian league suffers a temporary setback after Cagliari parted company with the man who made him a regular starter in Serie A, Giafranco Zola who has been replaced by the man he replaced in December, Zdenek Zeman.

The 18-year-old Ghanaian wonder kid first joined Palermo in 2012 from DC United Agogo but then made just one substitute appearance for the whole of 2013/14 season on loan at Hellas Verona.

Donsah then signed for Cagliari at the beginning of this season when the now returnee Zdenek Zeman gave him a few substitute appearances before the Czech coach was sacked in December with the team stuck in the relegation zone.

Chelsea legend, Zola who completed his playing career at Cagliari in 2005, was handed the rescue mission but after taking a mere 8 points from his ten games, in charge, the Italian club said it had taken a “reluctant decision against a great man who has written unforgettable pages in our history”.

Before his departure however, Zola had helped Cagliari realise the talents of Donsah, the teenage sensation who is now wanted by a host of Europe’s top clubs was handed his first ever Serie A start by Zola on January 11, a 2-1 win over Cesena.

Donsah who had hitherto made seven substitute appearances was quick off the mark, netting Cagliari’s second to grab the first of only two wins for the club under Zola. The Ghanaian youngster went on to start all 8 next Serie A games for Cagliari before he got injured against old club, Hellas Verona on March 1st to miss last Saturday’s 0-2 defeat at Sampdoria that proved the undoing of Lazio.

Donsah is expected to recover from the twisted ankle injury he sustained against Verona to return for Cagliari’s next league game Empoli on Saturday, but under a new coach of course, Zeman Zdenek, nevertheless the man who signed him for Cagliari. Follow @thedonplato

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