Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first league goal in the Eintracht Frankfurt shirt in a 1-0 win on the road against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
The 30-year-old dedicated his goal to Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri who suffered serious brain damage after collapsing in a pre-season friendly in July.
Breaking the deadlock in the first half of the matchday 3 trip, Boateng lifted up his Frankfurt jersey to reveal a red T-shirt printed with Nouri’s name and squad number.
“I’m happy we could take home the three points, which was the most important. Of course, I’m happy that I scored and was able to help the team.
“My celebration for the little boy Nouri, because we all know what happened to him and I just wanted to show him that we are praying for him and for his family,” Boateng said after the game.
Boateng, the former Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke man was making good on a promise he made earlier in the summer.
Aside being Kevin-Prince Boateng’s first goal for new club Frankfurt, it was also his first in the Bundesliga since netting in Schalke’s 2-1 win over Wolfsburg on 1 February 2014.
Abdelhak Nouri collapsed due to heart failure during a friendly with Werder Bremen on the 8th of July.
Later, Ajax confirmed the devastating news that the 20-year-old had suffered permanent brain damage due to his brain being starved of oxygen for too long.