Ghana national team goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi finally made his debut in a league game for French side Sochaux seven months after joining the club.
The 21-year-old glovesman replaced Frenchman Maxence Prevot on the 58th minute mark as his Sochaux side slipped to a heavy 3-0 whipping at Stade de Reims in the French Ligue 2 on Friday.
He was in action for the Yellow and Blues when they suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat against giants PSG in the Coupe de France competition.
With his numbers for the season, Ati was the cornerstone of the Coupe de France campaign for Sochaux until they faced their elimination against the moneybags, playing in several games.
But, Friday’s appearance was his first ever in the league since arriving at the club.
Ati, a former Red Bull Academy product, was bidding his time since arriving from Austrian side Liefering – Red Bull Salzburg’s feeder club, in July.
But his competitive game time was limited to appearances for the Sochaux II side and Cup games in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.
He however got his chance when goalkeeper Prevot suffered an injury at the Stade Auguste Delaune I and was given the mantle to guard the goal.
But his first time in between the sticks for Sochaux proved difficult for him as he picked two goals from his net.
Despite the heavy loss on his debut the young keeper will be hoping for more game time to justify his quality and agility to seal a regular berth in the Sochaux squad as he seeks to consolidate his place in the Black Stars squad.
He represented Ghana at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in Zealand and has been called into the Ghana squad twice by head coach James Kwesi Appiah.
By El Akyereko