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Ackwei, Mwape Named to Team of the Week

By Patrick Wood, 04/30/19, 3:00PM EDT


Players Honored Following Victory Against Chattanooga

RICHMOND, Va. – (Tuesday, April 30, 2019) – USL League One announced on Tuesday that Wahab Ackwei and Mutaya Mwape have been named to the USL League One Team of the Week for Week 5.  
Ackwei is making his third appearance in the USL League One Team of the Week after the Kickers recorded their second straight shutout, and third for the season. The Ghanian defender completed 95.6% of his passes, and also made eight clearances and made one block. 
Mwape earned his first appearance in the Team of the Week after picking up his first assist of the season. The Zambian midfielder won nine of 15 duels and made 38 passes.  
The Kickers are back at City Stadium next Saturday night for the third and final meeting with Lansing Ignite FC at 7:00 p.m. The party gets started at 5:30 p.m. for Star Wars Night, with happy hour drink specials for the first 30 minutes after the gates open with craft beer on tap and selections of wine, live music. The players will come out for warm ups in limited edition Star Wars pregame jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit Sportable. This match will be available to stream live on ESPN+. Tickets are available now at
GK – Juliano Chade, Orlando City B: Chade kept OCB in the game against North Texas with six saves, with his only goal against coming off an unfortunate deflection for an own goal.
D – Conner Antley, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Antley’s late insurance goal against Tucson capped a display that saw him win 8 of 10 duels, make five recoveries and record two key passes for Tormenta FC.
D – Cole Seiler, Greenville Triumph SC: Seiler was solid in the middle of Triumph SC’s defense, winning 15 of 22 duels and making five recoveries as Greenville earned a point with a shutout in Madison.
D – Shaun Russell, Forward Madison FC: Russell recorded three interceptions, four recoveries and eight clearances while completing 23 of 29 passes as the Flamingos posted a shutout against Greenville.
D – Wahab Ackwei, Richmond Kickers: Ackwei completed 66 of 69 passes, won 7 of 9 duels and made five recoveries and eight clearances in the Kickers’ 1-0 win against Chattanooga.
M – Fito Ovalle, Toronto FC II: Ovalle put in a solid two-way display as he won 3 of 4 tackles and made five recoveries and two interceptions before scoring a late penalty kick to ice TFC II’s road victory in Lansing.
M – Lucas Coutinho, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Coutinho scored the game-winning goal and completed 25 of 31 passes overall to help South Georgia to victory in Tucson.
M – Mutaya Mwape, Richmond Kickers: Mwape produced a sterling display, setting up the lone goal in the Kickers’ victory against Chattanooga while also completing 31 of 38 passes and winning 9 of 15 duels.
M – Luca Petrasso, Toronto FC II: Petrasso scored a remarkable opening goal off a free kick from the right side, and also recorded two interceptions while completing 12 of 17 passes overall.
F – Arturo Rodriguez, North Texas SC: Rodriguez put in a strong shift leading the NTSC line, winning three tackles and completing 28 of 31 passes while recording two chances created in his side’s victory.
F – Alex Morrell, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Morrell was the creative hub for Tormenta FC in Tucson and logged one assist and four key passes in addition to completing 21 of 27 passes overall.