Ghanaian Duo Gideon Mensah and Elisha Owusu Inspire Auxerre to Ligue 1 Promotion

Ghanaian Duo Gideon Mensah and Elisha Owusu Inspire Auxerre to Ligue 1 Promotion

Lukman Mumuni
May 11, 2024 at 8:38 AM
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  • Gideon Mensah and Elisha Owusu starred as Auxerre returned to Ligue 1
  • Auxerre held Amiens on the road to secure their Ligue 1 return on Friday
  • Mensah and Owusu were key figures for the club in the soon-to-end season

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Gideon Mensah and Elisha Owusu have secured Ligue 1 promotion with Auxerre with a game to spare after a draw against Amiens on Friday night.

The Black Stars duo played a pivotal role across the season as the former French champions returned to the topflight after a season in Ligue 2.

Mensah was a second-half substitute in the goalless draw while Owusu was not part of the team for the trip to Amiens.

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Gideon Mensah and Elisha Owusu celebrate with their Auxerre teammates after beating Paris FC. Photo: Christophe Saidi/FEP/Icon Sport
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The left-back replaced Ado Onaiwu moments after Louis Mafouta failed to convert from the spot for the hosts Amiens, as reported by Le Equipe.

The draw sees Auxerre open a four-point gap at the top of the table with a game remaining to end the season.

How Mensah and Owusu fared in Auxerre's campaign

Mensah and Owusu made almost 60 appearances between themselves as Auxerre fought back to the French Ligue 1.

According to Transfermarkt, Mensah made 25 appearances and delivered two assists in the course of the campaign. He missed a number of games due to his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana's Black Stars.

"God did his thing as usual. 2023/24 Ligue 2 champions," wrote the defender on X, formerly Twitter.

Meanwhile, Owusu made 32 appearances, scoring a goal and delivering two assists in Ligue 2.

Mensah joined Auxerre on a permanent deal in the summer of 2022 after a loan spell with Bordeaux while Owusu returned to France in January 2023.

Auxerre will end the season with a game against Concerneau, where they will be officially crowned champions of Ligue 2.

English clubs interested in Gideon Mensah

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Leeds and Wolves were interested in Gideon Mensah in the summer transfer window.

The Auxerre left-back has been in the radar of both clubs following an impressive outing at the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

According to multiple reports, the 24-year-old could make a dream move to England should Leeds and Wolverhampton Wanderers meet his 12 million Euros asking price.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.