Ghana duo Frank Acheampong and Mubarak Wakaso have helped Shenzhen FC to reach the championship stage of the 2021 Chinese Super League with a game to spare.
Shenzhen FC picked 21 points from 13 matches in Group A to qualify as one of the top 4 teams to challenge for the 2021/22 Chinese League title.
José Granero’s side will take on Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic on August 11 before a three-month break, with resumption set for December this year.
Acheampong is Shenzhen’s second top scorer this season with three goals and two assists in 11 matches.
He will be hoping for his first Chinese Super League title after joining from Tianjin Teda before the start of the season in April.
The former Anderlecht Star is optimistic about his side’s chances of winning the league.
“The first part of the job has been achieved and we are grateful to God, the club, coach, teammates and Shenzhen fans for this progress,” he said.
“We targeted to reach the playoffs and we have achieved this with one game to spare in the group stage and we are happy. But we need to improve some aspects of our game to do even better in the playoffs.
“I believe the break after the last round of matches this week will afford us the opportunity to work on these things with the coach and our teammates,” he noted.
The Black Stars winger admits that the move to Shenzhen FC where he linked up with fellow Ghanaian Wakaso is an upgrade and the two are motivated to achieve great things together.
“I have had the privilege of playing with and against great players in my career at club and international level and certainly teaming up with Wakaso is a delight.
“He won the Chinese super league with Jiangsu Sunning last season so he has tasted league title success here already and together we can achieve something special here with Shenzhen FC.
The duo are expected to return to the Black Stars squad for September’s round of international games after sitting out June’s doubleheader of friendlies due to club commitments.