Franck Kessie Served With Traditional Arabian Dates as Al Ahli Welcome Ivorian MidfielderFootball
Video: Mahrez and Franck Kessie Combine to Secure Late Winner as Ivorian Scores Debut Al Ahli Goal
- Franck Kessie scored a late winner as Al Ahli beat AL Akhdoud
- The Ivorian midfielder headed home a cross from Riyad Mahrez
- Al Ahli are joint top of the Saudi Pro League after three games
Al Ahli maintained their hundred percent start to the Saudi Pro League season after Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie scored late to secure victory against Al Akhdoud.
The former Barcelona player headed home from a sumptuous cross from Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez in the 96th minute as the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium erupted in excitement.
It was Kessie's first goal for the club since joining in the summer transfer window while Mahrez continues to assist goals for his teammates.
In a video shared on social media, Mahrez took on his marker before brilliantly whipping the ball into the box with Kessie at the right place at the right time.
Al Ahli have now won three games in three matches and sit top of the table alongside Al Ittihad.
"Three valuable points, it was a wonderful night.. Thank you, Ahly fans," wrote the Ivorian midfielder on Twitter.
The Royals started their season with a 3-1 win over Al Hazm, a game in which Roberto Firmino netted a hat-trick, before defeating Al Khaleej by the same scoreline in their second match.
Al Ahli will next face Al Tai as their quest to win the Saudi Pro League continues.
Mahrez scores debut Al Ahli goal
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Riyad Mahrez scored a stunning half-volley to open his goal-scoring account in the Saudi Pro League as Al Ahli defeated Al-Khaleej on Thursday night to go top of the table.
Having joined Al Ahli from Manchester City in the summer transfer window, the Algerian is already enjoying life in the Gulf after providing an assist in his first game before scoring in his second match.
Former Premier League stars Firmino, Mahrez rip up Saudi Pro League on debut, VideoFootball
Mahrez doubled his side's lead before halftime to add to Roger Ibanez's early opener.
Franck Kessie joins Al Ahli
Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie was treated to the rich Arabian culture following his arrival at Saudi club Al Ahli.
The 26-year-old joined Al Ahli SC from Spanish giants Barcelona on a three-year deal in a move reportedly worth 12.5 million euros.
Kessie becomes the latest high-profile player to make a move to the Saudi Pro League and will link up with Roberto Firminio and Riyad Mahrez at his new club.