Sports News of Friday, 15 January 2016
Ghana defender Daniel Opare is delighted to return to the pitch after a long injury lay-off.
The right-back was a second half substitute in Augsburg’s 1-0 friendly win over Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday.
“Obviously, I’m very happy to be back and playing for my team and showing what I can do on the field,” Opare told GazzettaGhana.
“I’ve been working hard the last few months because I wanted to get fit and make sure I was back playing with my teammates and help the team to the top.
“Tuesday was my first day back with the team and I feel really good. So now, I have to work hard and maintain a spot in the team.”
Yet to make a competitive debut for the club, Opare joined the German side on a three-year contract on a free transfer last August after parting ways with Portuguese outfit Porto.
The 25-year-old spent the second half of season 2014-15 with Besiktas in Turkey on loan from Porto after four earlier seasons with Belgian side Standard Liege.
Augsburg will play Basel in another friendly on Saturday before travelling to Hertha Berlin on January 23 on the return of the Bundesliga.
The Ghana international and former Real Madrid Castilla trainee has featured 16 times for the Black Stars, including an appearance at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
He was also a member of Ghana’s team that won the 2009 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.