Posted by: westafricanfootball | 01/10/2011

TEMA YOUTH FC – SEASON PREVIEW

On 26.09.2011, the Ghana Football Association published the squads for the GLO Premier League 2011-2012. Tema Youth FC, from the seaport city of Tema about 25 kilometers east of the Ghanaian capital Accra, is one of the newly promoted teams in the league. I have gone through the Tema Youth squad and made some observations:

* Tema Youth FC has a very young squad. Apparently, only three players are over 23 years of age. The big stars of the team are arguably playmaker Abdulai Hamza, an attacking midfielder who played for top club Hearts of Oak SC in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, and midfielder Derrick Mensah. Mensah was part of the Ghana U-23 national football team in early 2011.

* Joseph Halm is an experienced goalkeeper and I would assume he is the first choice at the club. Tema Youth FC has signed a player called “Mohammed Abbas” and this could very well be the talented goalkeeper from the Red Bull Academy, born 07.10.1991.

* Issah Sayibu and Jonathan Eshun could also be former players of the Red Bull Academy, but this is yet to be confirmed. Jonathan Eshun of the Red Bull Academy is a very talented defender, born 13.11.1994, who was part of the Ghana U-17 national football team in 2010.

* Defenders Benjamin Akuffo and Emmanuel Ofori Teyehugmeh are two new signings from the very strong U-20 team of Berekum Chelsea FC. A clip of Teyehugmeh can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC8N7egzQwQ. Akuffo was part of the Ghana U-17 national football team in 2010.

According to a source I find trustworthy, defender Jeremiah Arkorful was captaining the side in the promotion season.

* The experienced Bernard Akuffo is a goalscoring midfielder and some of his qualities can be viewed in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8_6cxpPhQM. I’ve also found a clip of another midfielder at the club, Zubeiru Salifu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgU7_aAr5MI. Issah Huzeifa was apparently brilliant last season and could be a player to look out for.

* Right-winger Kofi Koomson is one of few players with top level experience. Koomson was actually part of the team as early as the season 2006-2007, which obviously makes it somewhat strange that he is registered with the birthdate 06.06.1992.

* According to a source I find trustworthy, striker Daniel Appiah was one of the leading scorers for Tema Youth FC in the promotion season.

* Watch out for the Odjer-brothers! Midfielder Moses Odjer was very important when Tema Youth FC won promotion and his brother Nicholas Odjer is a talented striker.

* Tema Youth FC has signed a player called John Nyamekye. I am still not sure if this is the striker John Nyamekye of Anokye Stars FC that was starring for the Ghana U-17 national football team in 2009 and 2010. If this is the same player, Tema Youth FC has possibly signed one of the future stars of Ghanaian football. Tema Youth FC has also signed a player called John Antwi. I am not sure if this is the big striker John Antwi of Hearts of Oak SC, formerly of Eleven Wise FC, as some sources claim has joined Wassaman United FC. An experienced strongman as Antwi could nevertheless be very much needed in the young, inexperienced squad.

* The picture is of the talented defensive midfielder Charles Ankapong and is taken from scoutingtalents.com.

Known players in the squad:

Name Position D.O.B. Nat.
ADJEI, Michael G GHA
AKUFFO, Benjamin D GHA
AKUFFO, Bernard M 20.12.1986 GHA
ANKAPONG, Charles M 22.05.1993 GHA
APPIAH, Daniel F GHA
ARHIN, William M GHA
ARKORFUL, Jeremiah D GHA
ASHUN, David F GHA
ATTAMAH, Joseph Larweh D GHA
BARTELS, Joseph Kofi M GHA
BOABENG, Francis M GHA
HALM, Joseph G GHA
HAMZA, Abdulai M 30.11.1987 GHA
HUZEIFA, Issah M GHA
KOOMSON, Kofi F 06.06.1992 GHA
LARWEH, Jacobson GHA
MENSAH, Derrick M GHA
NYAMEKYE, John F GHA
ODJER, Moses M GHA
ODJER, Nicholas F GHA
ONINKU, Joshua D GHA
OSABUTEY, Derrick F GHA
PARTEY, Thomas M GHA
SALIFU, Zubeiru M GHA
SAYIBU, Issah GHA
TERRY, Benjamin GHA
TETTEH, Stephen M GHA
TEYEHUGMEH, Emmanuel Ofori D 07.10.1992 GHA

Other players in the squad, according to the Ghana Football Association:

Mohammed Abass, Richard Amesimeku, John Antwi, Joseph Nii Amartei, Emmanuel Boateng, Jonathan Eshun, Enoch Koomson, Francis Narh, Mustapha Osman, Bernard Ossah, Kenneth Owusu, James Lolo Terkpetey.

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