N'Golo Kante Scores Worldie to Inspire Al Ittihad to Crucial Win in Saudi Pro League

N'Golo Kante Scores Worldie to Inspire Al Ittihad to Crucial Win in Saudi Pro League

Rene Otinga
September 22, 2023 at 12:54 PM
  • N’Glo Kante opened his Al-Ittihad account with a worldie on Thursday, September 21
  • The 32-year-old joined the Saudi Arabian outfit after his contract at Chelsea expired in the summer
  • His goal was a classic one as he struck a beautiful shot which came off the post and went into the net

Former Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante officially introduced himself to the Saudi Pro League with a wonder goal for his new club Al-Ittihad on Thursday.

The French midfielder joined Al-Ittihad in the summer after his contract at Chelsea ran out, and is currently one of the highest-paid players in the league.

His new team, who are strong contenders for the title, came up against Al-Fateh, and despite being at home, went behind through Moroccan midfielder Marwane Saadane's goal at the half-hour mark.

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N'Golo Kanté of Al-Ittihad during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Ittihad and Al Fateh at Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium on September 21, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Khalid Alhaj.
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As cited on SportBible, Romarinho restored parity for his side eight minutes later, and the game was turned on its head just before halftime thanks to a lovely strike from Kante.

He collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area and did well to beat his man before unleashing a curling strike that was simply too good for the goalkeeper to keep out.

The shot came off the post and went into the net to give Al-Ittihad a deserved lead.

Since then, a compilation of Kante’s performance has gone viral on social media and it is safe to say the French international is back to his best.

It is just as well that Kante took up scoring duties as Al-Ittihad were playing without their talisman, Karim Benzema, who missed the game through illness.

Other Saudi results

Elsewhere, Neymar’s new club Al-Hilal had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Damac FC, with the former PSG man unable to inspire his side to victory, as per

Former Liverpool star, Georginio Wijnaldum netted a brace as his side Al-Ettifaq secured a 4-3 victory over Al-Taee.

Al-Shabbab earned a 4-1 victory over Al-Hazem in a game in which former La Liga stars Yannick Carrasco and Ever Banega scored.

Onana becomes meme

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on how Andre Onana has been subjected to hilarious banter online following a disastrous start to his Manchester United career.

The Cameroonian came in with a reputation as a ball-playing goalkeeper, a trait David de Gea lacked, which made him a target of heavy criticism last season.

Onana's latest howler came at the hands of Bayern Munich, to whom Manchester United lost 4-3 in their opening Champions League group game.

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