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Daniel-Kofi Kyereh: Ex-St. Pauli professional has arrived in Freiburg

The time went more or less the same as his previous career, just in fast forward: After initial reluctance, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh asserted himself at SC Freiburg. The former St. Paulian has arrived in Breisgau.

Of all things, the moment that many believed from a distance to have been a failure was the final turning point for the 26-year-old. He had to fight in the 3rd division, in the second team of the SC in the 1-0 win against FC Ingolstadt, playing for 78 minutes – and without any complaints. His back had bothered him before, but those were a thing of the past and the door for Kyereh was open.

FC St. Pauli: Daniel-Kofi Kyereh held his ground in Freiburg

The Ghana international came on as a substitute in the Europa League game against Quarabag (2-1) and was even in the starting XI in the three following games. He scored his first point in the impressive 3-0 win in Saloniki, when he set up another ex-Kiezkicker, Michael Gregoritsch, to score.

Freiburg’s sporting director Klemens Hartenbach said in “Kicker” that Kyereh was “a little stranger” in his starting XI debut against Gladbach, Piraeus and the following encounter in Hoffenheim were then “steps forward”. According to Hartenbach, it shouldn’t stay that way: “It can definitely be done better!” There is still room for improvement, especially physically and in terms of teamwork, Kyereh already showed his technical skills with the Gregoritsch-Assist.

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He will also need it on Friday. Then the next highlight awaits Kyereh when the national team in France face Brazil. At the beginning of next week it will be in Spain against Nicaragua before Kyereh wants to continue his and the team’s trend with the SC in six (!) English weeks. “It’s a fantastic snapshot,” he said of an actual situation that his former club in St. Pauli can unfortunately only dream of at the moment.