The other day I had the pleasure of watching a replay of the match in the GLO Premier League 2010-2011 between AshantiGold SC vs King Faisal Babes, played on 15.11.2010. The entertaining match ended 1-1 and several players stood out. In this post I will write a short profile on some of the players that caught my eye.
MALIK AKOWUAH – ASHANTIGOLD SC
Akowuah is a central defensive midfielder, born 07.04.1989. Akowuah had a good game, although I know he can be even better, and showed that he is hard-working, a good passer and fiercely competitive on the ball. He was part of a strong partnership with Aminu Mohammed. Akowuah played for Great Olympics in 2009-2010, where he was one of the revelations of the season even though the club was relegated.
THEOPHILUS ANOBAAH – ASHANTIGOLD SC
It was interesting to finally see Anobaah in action, a player that has been with AshantiGold for more than four years. Anobaah started the game as a right-winger but showed that he is also comfortable as a left-winger. Anobaah is obviously a hard-working player and he caused a lot of havoc with his speed and skills.
PRINCE ARKOH – KING FAISAL BABES
My impression of Arkoh has always been that he is an exciting attacker, however a bit ineffective. It proved to be a rather precise description. Nevertheless, his contributions for Faisal are essential. He is good at holding up the ball, has impressive skills and causes a lot of problems with speed. Arkoh is born 29.12.1990 and was part of Ghana B earlier this year. As far as I know, Arkoh has scored 8-10 goals in the league since joining Faisal in 2008-2009.
MICHAEL BOAKYE – ASHANTIGOLD SC
The surprise of the game from my point of view. Boakye is in principle a right-back or central defender but made an impressive performance at left-back. He made several good attacking runs and showed good technique and control of the ball. Michael Boakye is born 20.06.1992 and started his professional career at Gamba All Blacks FC. Before 2009-2010, he signed for Asante Kotoko FC but failed to make the grade.
IBRAHIM IDDRISU – KING FAISAL BABES
Ibrahim Iddrisu is a rather unknown goalkeeper in Ghanese football but I have noticed several comments in articles and on different discussion forums, all implying that Iddrisu is a very confident goalkeeper. I have seen Iddrisu two times and he impresses me with his rock-solid appearance. Iddrisu is obviously a key player for King Faisal Babes. Iddrisu has been with Faisal for three seasons, as far as I know. His date of birth is unknown to me.
AMINU MOHAMMED – ASHANTIGOLD SC
Aminu Mohammed, born 21.05.1989, has previously been described as the “midfield engine” of AshantiGold SC. It was easy to see why as he is obviously one of the most creative players in the squad. Mohammed should be labeled as at attacking midfielder and as far as I know, he scored six goals in the league last season (2009-2010). He has yet to score this season. He was part of Ghana B earlier this year.
AWUDU NAFIU – KING FAISAL BABES
Arguably the most important member of the team. Nafiu is a hard-tackling and tough central defender who forms an impressive partnership with Ransford Kwakye. Nafiu is born 02.12.1988 and is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the GLO Premier League. He has been part of Ghana B for several years and many experts think he should get a chance for the Black Stars.
HENRI TRAORÉ – ASHANTIGOLD SC
Henri Traoré started the game at right-back but could easily be mistaken for a right-winger. I was very impressed with his second half, when he on several occasions made dangerous runs down the right-wing and into the box. He was very much part of the AshGold-goal scored by Edmund Owusu-Peprah. Henri Traoré is an unknown player to me, but based on his name, I expect him to be from one of the French-speaking West-African countries. I suspect Traoré is the same Henri Traoré that played for Burkina Faso in 2005 and has several matches for their B and U-23 side. This is yet to be confirmed.
ABDUL WAHAB – KING FAISAL BABES
This was the first time I saw Abdul Wahab in action and I was very impressed with this aggressive and mobile player, who partly was a lone striker during the match. Apparently, Asante Kotoko FC turned Wahab down before the season, which obviously was a mistake. Wahab showed his trademark clinical finishes when he scored a pretty goal in the first half. He was sent off few minutes before full time. Wahab is born 30.07.1989 and played at second level for Universal Stars FC during 2009-2010. At the time of writing, he has scored six goals in 2010-2011.