Ghana forward Inaki Williams scores on 350th appearance for Athletic Bilbao


Ghana forward Inaki Williams have reached a new milestone of his career after making his 350th appearance for Athletic Bilbao in their stalemate against Getafe in the Spanish La Liga on Tuesday night.

The Black Stars forward started and lasted the entire duration as his side played a 2-2 draw against Getafe.

Williams netted the opener after just two minutes before Carles Alena levelled for the host in the 27th minute. Athletic Bilbao scored again in the second half to take the lead through Raul Garcia but with ten minutes remaining former Barcelona winger Munir El Haddadi earned Getafe a point.

The 29-year-old become the third footballer in this current squad with the most games, trailing Muniain (508) and De Marcos (465) who also have played the most games for the club.

Williams joined Athletic’s Junior Honor in the 2012-2013 season from Pamplona and has established himself as a key cog to the club.

The Spanish-born becomes the 31st to reach 350 games with the red and white shirt.

He has played in 34 Cup games, 30 in the Europa League and 4 in the Super Cup, scoring a total of 78 goals in all of them.

In 2014-15, after scoring 11 goals in 15 games with the subsidiary, he made his debut under Ernesto Valverde on December 6, 2014, against Córdoba at San Mamés.

In January 2015, Williams definitively joined the first team and on February 19, against Torino on an Italian pitch, he made history by becoming the first black footballer to score a goal with Athletic.

He holds a record for consecutive games in the League 243.

Williams has now scored four La Liga goals in the ongoing campaign and will be hoping to keep his rich form ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

— Ferdinand A Baah


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