Inaki and Nico Williams made history in the Spanish top flight when both found the net in Athletic Club’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Rayo Vallecano. They become the first brothers to do as such in quite a while – – in spite of the fact that they seem, by all accounts, to be on course to represent different countries at the World Cup in Qatar.
The Williams brothers are both partaking in a rollercoaster start to the new season, and, after both found the net at the end of the week, they will be expecting to end 2022 at the World Cup in Qatar.
The team made LaLiga history on Saturday September 17, when they became the first sets of brothers to score in a similar first class match since Diego and Gaby Milito scored for Genuine Zaragoza against Barcelona in 2005.
The goals were enough to help the Bilbao side bounce back from a goal down to defeat Rayo and head into the international break inside the top four.
For Basque-born Inaki Williams, his goal was the highlight of his 239th consecutive outing in LaLiga — a record-extending match in a six-and-a-half-year run that had appeared to be in jeopardy when he picked up a muscle injury earlier in the season.
Be that as it may, his goal sets him in great stead for his first international window with Ghana, having committed himself to the Black Stars earlier this year — six years after making his only appearance for Spain.
Brothers Nico and Inaki Williams play together at Athletic Bilbao, yet could represent Spain and Ghana separately at the World Cup in Qatar.
His more younger brother Nico scored his first senior goal the end of the prior week – – when Athletic crushed Elche away – – and he followed that up with a superb exertion against Rayo.
The 20-year-old has established himself as one of the brightest youngsters in the Spanish top flight this season, and La Roja promptly wasted no time in including him in their squad for the coming Nations League games against Switzerland and Portugal.
Williams’ call-up predictably prompted accusations that Spain called him up only as a way of blocking him from turning out for Ghana in the future.
“I’m not doing this to stop [Nico] going with Ghana; he’s young and a very interesting player,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said. “He’s playing more often with Athletic now, and is progressing wonderfully.
“I like him enormously. We’ve had him in the junior squad and have been following him for a long time. I reckon the family will be delighted: Imagine the party if they both go to the World Cup… and they reach the final; well, that would be the absolute business.”
Meanwhile, Mohammed Kudus has been one of Africa’s champion performers across Europe’s biggest leagues this season, and he proceeded with his eminent beginning to the campaign with one more goal in the Eredivisie at the end of the week.
The midfielder – – destined to be Inaki’s new colleague with the Black Stars of Ghana – – opened the scoring for Ajax Amsterdam away at AZ Alkmaar, and he has taken part in seven goal in his beyond five games.
However, he couldn’t motivate Ajax to another triumph, as their undefeated streak in the Eredivisie reached a conclusion with a 2-1 loss.
The loss saw Ajax slip from top spot on the ladder, but Kudus’s form ought to end talk of lingering discontent in Amsterdam after failing to secure a move to Everton on transfer deadline day.
Kudus will now turn his attention to the international break, and Ghana’s World Cup preparation against Brazil.