In four posts I will present information about the GLO Premier League in Ghana, primarily lists of scorers and basic player information.
ADUANA STARS FC
List of scorers after Round 8:
Bernard Dong Bortey 2, Joseph Mugri 2, Samuel Asiedu 1.
The goalkeeper of Aduana Stars FC is the impressive Stephen Adams (born 28.09.1984) – the man who conceded only 10 goals in 30 league matches last season. Adams is described as a quite agile goalkeeper that instills a lot of confidence in his back four. Formerly of Real Sportive Tema. Celestine Damptey (born 20.01.1992) formerly of Tema Youth FC, provides cover. Aduana Stars FC has a reputation for having a brilliant defense, usually consisting of right-back Godfred Saka (born 02.11.1988) who I wrote about on 09.10.2010, central defenders Johnson Adomah (born 05.06.1985) and Emmanuel Akuoko and talented left-back Francis Larbi (born 17.07.1992). Emmanuel Ansong (born 22.10.1989) provides cover, mainly at right-back. Ansong is a former key player for Heart of Lions FC and played full international matches for Ghana in both 2008 and 2009. Veteran veteran Gabriel Opoku-Ware (born 24.09.1978) was impressive last season but seems to be a bit down the pecking-order, as far as I know because of the exciting Akuoko, formerly of Arsenal FC Berekum. Samuel Asiedu (born 27.11.1980) is still the main man in central midfield, which he has been for at least six years. A player who is very comfortable with the ball. Former Liberty Professionals FC and Gamba All Blacks FC midfielder Ashmond Asamoah looks to have a less important role this season. Left-winger Francis Aduhene (born 15.05.1986) will probably compete with attacking midfielder Joseph Bentil (born 20.06.1987), formerly of Eleven Wise FC, for the role as the creative force on the left. The major signing for Aduana Stars FC this season is arguably Bernard Dong Bortey (born 22.09.1982). The former playmaker / right-winger of Hearts of Oak SC was often found in the Black Stars-squads from 2002 to 2005. Dong Bortey is a dead-ball specialist, but unfortunately a bit controversial and eccentric. The former star of Ghana U-23 and Liberty Professionals FC, Emmanuel Allan (born 09.06.1986) can perform well as both playmaker, central midfielder and striker. Aduana Stars FC is not known for scoring a lot of goals and strikers Richard Addai (born 27.07.1986), Joseph Doe (born 16.07.1986) and Nurudeen Ali (born 16.05.1991) have all struggled so far this season. Ali is an exciting prospect and was member of Ghana U-17 in 2007 and Ghana U-20 in 2009. Daniel Kofi Bonsu (born 28.08.1991) is a new signing from Liberty Professionals FC, but has so far not made any headlines. However, a player with potential. Joseph Mugri is another new signing and he has so far been a success. Mugri was signed from FC Medeamaa, one of the best clubs at second level last seasons, where he apparently was top goalscorer. He also scored 5 goals in one single match when Medeamaa hammered West Ham United FC in May 2010. Daniel Danquah, Daniel Darkwaah or Daniel Darkwa and is apparently a midfielder that is fairly regular for Aduana Stars FC. He is an unknown player to me at the time of writing.
ALL STARS FC
List of scorers after Round 8:
Nathaniel Asamoah 3, Frank Nortey Sowah 2, James Kwame Abban 1, Isaac Ofori 1.
Robert Dabuo (born 10.11.1990) is first-choice goalkeeper and a former member of Ghana U-20. He is actually a “veteran” since he has been fairly regular for All Stars FC since 2006-2007. Backup is provided by former Arsenal FC Berekum-goalkeeper Issahaku Shaibu (born 02.12.1987). Joshua Otoo, the former defender of Red Bull Academy, joined All Stars before the season and I think he will become an important member of the team. Left-back Livingstone Logoh (born 08.08.1987) is from the same academy, where he apparently was captain of the side. Ishmael Amin is still one of the first names on the sheet and a rock in the defense. Amin has been with All Stars for at least three years and is still a young man (probably born in 1990 or 1991). Joshua Tijani is a new right-back who joined All Stars from from Hasaacas FC – together with defensive midfielder Edwin Gyimah. Gyimah provides a good shield in front of the back four, and also has a good passing range. Obviously a great signing for All Stars. A more creative key-player is winger Isaac Ofori who is arguably one of the stars of the side. He was part of Ghana U-17 in 2009 and is still a teenager. Ofori scored his first goal in the Premier League back in 2007-2008. Frank Nortey Sowah (born 06.05.1991) is an attacking midfielder who has performed well for the club since signing from Great Olympics FC. Formerly of Heart of Lions FC.. Striker James Kwame Abban (born 31.07.1988) was top goalscorer for the relegated Great Olympics FC last season. Top goalscorer this season will probably be star-striker Nathaniel Asamoah (born 22.02.1990), who I wrote about on 22.10.2010. Ebenezer Adjei (born 04.08.1988) and Seidu Shaibu Zida (born 05.08.1992) are both playing regularly, but are somewhat unknown players to me.
ARSENAL FC BEREKUM
List of scorers after Round 8:
Nana Poku 4, Shaibu Adams 1, Stephen Amankwah 1, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour 1, Bennet Ofori 1.
NB: According to some sources, Saliu Yakubu scored in Round 8 against Mighty Jets, and not Nana Poku.
Arsenal is a difficult team to find information about. One of their goalkeepers is Haruna Razak who also played for the team back in 2008-2009 according to my statistics. I don’t know if last season’s regular goalkeeper Thomas Tuah Asare is still with the side. However, the defense is still centered around captain and veteran Saliu Yakubu (born 21.04.1983). Yakubu has actually been with Arsenal FC for at least seven years. Stephen Amankwah (born 16.05.1983) is another important veteran player, usually found in defense but is at the same time an attacking force. Their most creative player at the time is arguably top goalscorer Nana Poku, an attacking midfielder according to my sources. Bennet Ofori (born 10.03.1989) is a promising striker, formerly of Chelsea Berekum. Midfielder Shaibu Adams (born 10.07.1987) and youngster Emmanuel Osei Kuffour (born 01.07.1992) are two players that are pretty unknown to me.
ASANTE KOTOKO FC
List of scorers after Round 8:
Alex Asamoah 4, Daniel Nii Adjei 3, Louis Agyemang 2, Edward Affum 1.
The regular goalkeeper is veteran Isaac Amoako (born 20.08.1983) – a fringe player for the Black Stars. The former full international goalkeeper for Burkina Faso, Abdoulaye Soulama (born 29.11.1974), provides an experienced backup. The defense is centered around central defender Henry Ohene Brenya (born 04.05.1985), a new signing from Arsenal FC Berekum, and hard-tackling John Kuffour (born 15.01.1988), a new signing from Heart of Lions FC. At left-back, Louis Quainoo (born 14.09.1987) seems to be preferred before Prince Anokye (born 08.08.1987). When talented Gideon Baah (born 01.10.1991), returns from injury, he will probably be a strong contender for this position. Godfred Ofosu (born 21.01.1989) has made the right-back position his own and will primarily be contested by Prince Boateng (born 01.08.1986). Michael Ofosu Appiah (born 29.12.1988) and Mutalabi Mohammed (born 11.11.1982) are pushing the centre backs, while the versatile Ofosu Appiah can fill in many roles in the back-four. The midfield is as always ruled by Daniel Nii Adjei (born 29.09.1988). His ball-winning skills and ability to support the attack is essential for the team. Fans of Kotoko are happy to see that the experienced playmaker Stephen Oduro (born 13.04.1983) is back after almost two years of injuries. Midfielder Albert Bruce (born 30.12.1992) was signed from Arsenal FC Berekum before the season and is described as a player of tremendous potential. David Ofei (born 07.06.1989) was apparently signed from New Edubiase United FC and is a former youth international midfielder. Abdul Haruna Ganiyu (born 23.10.1987) has started the season well before getting injured. Well-known for his accurate passes and excellent ball control. Hard-tackling defensive midfielder Afranie Yeboah (born 05.05.1988), formerly of Sporting Mirren FC and Zaytuna FC is another option in the middle of the park. Alidu Harif Mohammed (born 14.10.1994) is the wonderboy, who I wrote about on 11.10.2010. Usually found on the left-side of the midfield. Hard working midfielder. Ekow Benson (born 23.04.1989), arguably the top-signing before the season, is still not in his best form but when he gets match-fit he will most likely be a regular at the right-wing. Jordan Opoku (born 08.10.1984) is one of Ghana’s best midfield creators when at top form. Famous for his skill and vision. Striker of right-winger Samad Oppong (born 21.07.1988) was known for his dribbling and goal scoring ability when he was at King Faisal but has struggled to provide goals for Kotoko since joining them before 2009-2010.
Former Tema Youth FC striker / winger Edward Affum (born 20.05.1989) must work hard to split the striking duo of Alex Asamoah (born 16.01.1986) and Louis Agyemang (born 04.04.1983). Asamoah scored 16 goals for Kotoko in 2008-2009 and played professionally for South Korean club Gyeongnam FC during early 2010. Agyemang played in South Africa between 2005 and 2008 and is now back in his best form since he left Ghana. Reagan Obeng is a new signing from Feyenoord Academy. Rather unknown to me but has already gotten playing-time.