HEART OF LIONS FC
List of scorers after Round 8:
Gilbert Fiamenyoh 2, Daniel Acquaye 1, Sheriff Danladi 1, Edmond Owusu-Ansah 1.
NB: According to some sources, the two goals in Round 3 against Dwarfs were scored by Danladi. According to other sources, Fiamenyoh and Danladi scored. I personally think the goals were scored by Acquaye and Danladi.
Joseph Addo (born 02.11.1990) is the highly rated goalkeeper of Heart of Lions. Last season he was reserve to the World Cup-participating Stephen Ahorlu (now Hapoel Ashkelon FC, Israel) but this season will probably be the first time Addo is first choice since 2007-2008 when he played for Hasaacas FC. Addo is arguably one of the brightest goalkeeper-prospects in Ghana and has several matches for Ghana U-20. Key-player Emmanuel Anarfi (born 18.10.1986) is a defender or central midfielder who is a product of the Feyenoord Academy. The captain of the team is usually Kweku Andoh – a solid defender. Defender Godfred Rockson (born 20.10.1986) is a former member of Ghana U-20. Prosper Aveh is a rather unknown defender to me but it looks like he is now rather established in the back-four. Sheriff Danladi (born 23.12.1986), also a product of the Feyenoord Academy is an excellent midfielder, formerly of Ghana U-23 and Ghana U-20. Defender / midfielder Bright Nsiah (born 19.10.1988) has really developed into a solid player since his teenage days at Arsenal FC Berekum. Daniel Acquaye is a midfielder who has been an important member of the team since 2007-2008. Godfred Asante (born 24.07.1988) is a great attacking option. The star of the team is arguably Gladson Awako (born 31.12.1990), the central midfielder who made his full international debut for Ghana A against Zambia in August 2009 and has played about 15 matches for Ghana U-20 in 2008 and 2009. However, the midfield-partner of Awako, experienced and composed Edmond Owusu-Ansah (born 02.04.1983) is perhaps just as important for the team. He is a consistent midfielder and apparently a typical coach’s player. Midfielder Isaac Morgan is rather unknown to me, despite having played for Lions for several seasons. Koffi Sena Fiabo is a Togolese striker, formerly of AS Douanes in his homeland. The top striker of Lions is arguably talented Gilbert Fiamenyoh (born 06.07.1992), a product of the Red Bull Academy. Apparently he is on the radar of several European clubs. A burly striker who can cause trouble for most defenses. Kwame Adjei is a rather unknown player to me.
HEARTS OF OAK SC
List of scorers after Round 8:
Edwin Osei Pele 3, Uriah Asante 2, Douglas Nkrumah 1.
NB: According to some sources, it was Yufa Zugah and not Uriah Asante that scored in Round 5 against BA Stars.
Goalkeeper Sammy Adjei (born 01.09.1980) is ever-present so far in the season. Adjei has more than 40 full international matches for Ghana, the last one in November 2007. He returned to his homeland in 2009 after playing professionally for Club Africain from Tunisia and FC Ashdod from Israel. Arguably the best goalkeeper in the local league and based on his recent performances, he could very well be challenging Richard Kingson for the number one shirt of the Black Stars. Laud Quartey is the backup-goalkeeper. Karim Alhassan (born 30.04.1991) is a rock-solid central defender and an improving reader of the game. The captain of the team despite being only nineteen. Made his full international debut against Argentina on 30.09.2009. A regular for Ghana U-20. Alhassan is usually partnered by Godwin Osei Bonsu (born 03.03.1989), a rock-solid central defender who I think deserves a chance in a bigger league. New signing from second-division side Mine Stars FC, Saeed Mohammed, could fill in as a central defender. Akwasi Bobie Ansah (born 14.12.1986) has been a revelation at right-back. Arguably one of the hardest defenders in Ghana, Ansah was signed from Kessben FC before the season. Ansah was part of Ghana U-20 in 2005 and Ghana U-23 in 2006. At left-back, Samuel Enzemoba (born 11.11.1987) and Owusu Sefa are both good choices. Both have several seasons of experience in the GLO Premier League but it looks like Sefa will be preferred. A new signing for Hearts before the season, coming from AshantiGold SC where he was known for his good tackles and his willingness to support to the attack. The versatile Philip Boampong (born 01.01.1990) is used in the central defense or as a defensive midfielder. A lot of matches for Ghana U-17 and Ghana U-20. Tetteh Nortey (born 20.11.1990) has a lot of the same qualities as Boampong, usually the regular defensive midfielder of the side, but can also partner Alhassan or Bonsu in central defense. Central midfielder Abraham Annan (born 08.12.1988) was a key player for Heart of Lions the last three seasons but it looks like competition is stronger at Hearts of Oak. Esme Mends (born 22.10.1989) is a central midfielder that has struggled with injuries. He has the ability to dictate the play and has a very good passing range. Yufa Zugah is a hard working central midfielder signed Kessben FC before the season, where he had a reputation as a goal-scoring midfielder. Seems to have a more defensive role at Hearts. He was recently added to the squad of Ghana U-17. According to my sources he is born 01.08.1989 but he was apparently registered as being born 01.06.1993 before the 2009-2010 season. In any case he is an exciting prospect. Samuel Ayisi is a midfielder for the future, signed from Seven United FC before the 2009-2010 season. Scored his first goal for Hearts of Oak in the last round of the season. Attacking midfielder / right-winger Abubakar Moro (born 07.08.1991) is a highly regarded midfielder who got his first taste of first team football last season. Obed Ansah (born 02.11.1986) is still struggling to find the form from 2008-2009, when he scored 12 goals and become a household name in Ghanaian football. At his best, he is one of the finest midfielders in the local league. Talented Theophilus Apoh (born 29.04.1989) is an attacking midfielder / winger who struggled to establish himself last season. A product of the Feyenoord Academy. Playmaker Tawrick Jibril (born in 1992) is widely regarded as one of the biggest talents in Ghana, but he seems to be troubled by bad advisors, constantly being involved in arguments regarding contracts and his future situation. Apparently Jibril was on the radar of several Premier League-clubs some years ago but interest seems to have cooled. Made his debut for Hearts in 2007-2008 but has mostly been used as a substitute. According to some rumors he is one his way to rivals Asante Kotoko, which will be a hard pill to swallow for the fans of Hearts of Oak. I personally hope Jibril will find peace soon and play regular football this season. Experienced left-winger Douglas Nkrumah (born 28.11.1986) should never be written off. It is my impression that Nkrumah often is put on the bench when new players are brought to the cub, but he always manages to fight his way back. Formerly of Asante Kotoko FC and Kessben FC. Left-winger Abdul Bashiru (born 17.04.1992) was signed from Kessben FC before the season, where he was one of the stars of the side. Not only can he provide quality crosses, he possesses a powerful shot which troubles the opposition. Wilson Andoh (born 29.11.1990) has often caused trouble for his opponents when coming on as a substitute this season. The talented attacker has previously played for Gamba All Blacks FC, Tema Youth FC and Chelsea Berekum. John Antwi is a new signing from Eleven Wise FC, where he scored at least 8 league-goals in 2009-2010. Apparently a burly striker that will need to work hard to get time on the pitch. Uriah Asante (born 06.03.1992) has been a sensation so far this season. The tricky attacker played for second division side Pure Joy Stars FC last season but is a product of the feeders team of Hearts, Auroras FC. Is either used as a center forward or as a left-winger. The first-choice as center forward this season has been Edwin Osei – often referred to as Osei Pele. Osei was brought to the club from Kessben FC this summer and was brilliant during the so-called Top Four-tournament before the season, becoming joint top-scorer together with exciting Fiamenyoh from Heart of Lions. According to my sources, Osei failed to score for Kessben in 2009-2010 and he was apparently registered as being born 17.08.1988, which probably is untrue as he made his debut for Ghana U-20 against Benin U-20 earlier this month. I personally think Osei is a gifted striker but perhaps still a bit inexperienced to lead the attack of such a big club as Hearts of Oak. A quick striker with a lot of tricks in his repertoire. Three players have gotten playing time this season that are rather unknown to me. Kofi Asiamah is apparently a striker, while I have no information on Eben Dele Aryee and Owusu Sekyere.
List of scorers after Round 8:
James Boadu 4, Hans Coffie 4, Richard Mpong 2, Joseph Hendricks 1.
Please find my post from 09.10.2010.
KING FAISAL BABES
List of scorers after Round 8:
Abdul Wahab 2, Daniel Addo 1, George Ekow Annan 1, Prince Arkoh 1, Farouk Mohammed 1, Awudu Nafiu 1.
NB: There seems to be some confusion regarding the three goalscorers in Round 8 against Asante Kotoko. Some sources write that Samuel Adade scored one goal and that Prince Arkoh scored two goals. I personally think Annan, Arkoh and Wahab were the scorers.
Goalkeeper Ibrahim Iddrisu often gets rave reviews. Has been with Faisal for at least three seasons. Samuel Adade (born 08.08.1991) is a promising defender who was a regular last season. Kwadwo Boateng is widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the GLO Premier League. Daniel Addo (born 03.09.1989) is the defensive start of the team, having played about 13 matches for Ghana U-20 during 2009. A strong central defender who is apparently leaving Faisal at the next transfer window. I personally think his partner Awudu Nafiu (born 02.12.1988) is more important for the team. The tough central defender received rave reviews last season. Ransford Kwakye is a good option in this position. Peter Oduro Kwarteng (born 27.09.1991) was sent off in his debut in the GLO Premier League. Nevertheless a talented defender, formerly of Hearts of Oak SC. Experienced midfielder Joseph Akoto Mensah (born 21.10.1987) is an important engine in the center of the park together with key-player Hamza Mohammed (born 05.11.1980). Mohammed played for Ceahlaul in Romania during 2007-2008 and has more than 30 full international matches for Ghana. Frank Nyarko (born 09.01.1987) is another strong midfielder, formerly of Chelsea Berekum and Great Olympics. Veteran midfielder Thomas Avorgbedor has been an important member of the team for several years. Bernard Coffie (born 09.06.1991) is a midfielder, formerly of Mighty Jets FC. Should not be confused with winger Nicholas Coffie (born 10.11.1989), known for his impressive performances for Sporting Mirren in 2008-2009. Creative winger Mickey Ofosu (born 15.09.1984) is a very popular player with the fans of Faisal and has been a consistent performer for several years. Playmaker / left-winger Enoch Ebo Andoh is apparently applying for so-called floating status, which means he wants to be released from his contract. A regular for Ghana U-20 and a brilliant talent. Striker Prince Arkoh (born 29.12.1990) has been accused of being ineffective but on his day he is a strong and lethal front-man. I am personally impressed with talented strongman Emmanuel Odoi (born 25.12.1991) who seems like a striker able to create problems for any defense. Abdul Wahab, George Ekow Annan and Farouk Mohammed are all unknown players to me.