Posted by: westafricanfootball | 12/05/2012

NJALLA QUAN SPORTS ACADEMY

The Njalla Quan Sports Academy, based in the seaside city of Limbe in the South-West Region of Cameroon, is one of the promoted teams in the MTN Elite One 2012. The academy, which focuses on talent development, is currently number 13 in the league, struggling hard to win points against their more experienced opponents.

Sadjo Sodea (born 01.02.1983) is first choice goalkeeper and one of the most experienced players in the squad. Sodea played for Scorpion FC during the MTN Elite One 2010-2011. Franklin Esambe Ekolle and Martial Meyangue are backup goalkeepers. Meyangue was part of the Cameroon U-17 national football team in 2010.

Njalla Quan has retained several inexperienced players from the squad that won promotion last season, including Denis Ngweni Ngasi (defender) Derrick Pkwai (defender), Ronald Lakem Lane, Alex Tchaguen, Edmond Sigala, Paterson Ajong Fogha, Frédéric Kwedi Elombo (attacker), Georges Mooh Djike (striker) and Frankline Metuge (born 17.06.1988). Metuge, a striker or right-winger, has a reputation for scoring goals in the lower leagues of Cameroonian football. As far as I know, Metuge and Mooh Djike scored the most goals for Njalla Quan last season. I believe the talented Mooh Djike was top scorer of the two.

Two key players from last season, Sylvestre Bell (born 31.12.1991) and Stanley Ekema (born 11.08.1987), have top level experience and are important players. Bell, formerly of Astres Douala, is a key player at defensive midfield, while Ekema, formerly of Tiko United FC and the Young Sports Academy, have a more attacking role in the midfield.

Njalla Quan has also signed a couple of players with top level experience before the current season.

Ransom Etengeneg Akangmba (born 11.03.1990), primarily a right-back, was signed from Tiko United FC. Akangmba was part of the Cameroon U-20 national football team in 2010. Romuald Monthe (born 19.08.1986) is a central defender with plenty of experience from the Young Sports Academy and Unisport FC.

On paper, Joseph Marie Gaël Foé (born 10.04.1989), formerly of Canon Yaoundé and Collins Tabot Orock (born 13.05.1988), formerly of Union Douala, Tiko United FC and Cotonsport FC, are perhaps the two players with the most impressive CV in the squad. Foé, primarily a midfielder, has done well but Orock, an attacking midfielder, has yet to stand out.

Joseph Yanki (born 27.11.1993) and Fabrice Kerdy (born 11.02.1992) are perhaps the most exciting prospects at the club. The lively striker Yanki was part of the Cameroon U-20 national football team earlier this season, together with teammate Robert Ndip Tambe. Kerdy was part of the Cameroon U-17 national football team during the CAN U-17 in Algeria in 2009. Watch out for attacker Charles Zeh Nghie. The picture is of Zeh Nghie and is taken from http://nqsa-cameroon.org.

Njalla Quan has signed several players from the MTN Elite Two 2010-2011 or even lower leagues, including Marc Eric Mbia (defender) from Lion Blessé de Foutouni, Julien Aimé Bako from Tonnerre Kalara Club and Noël Bendegue (attacker) from Achille FC.

List of scorers so far this season (9 goals):

Frankline Metuge 2, Joseph Marie Gaël Foé 1, Fabrice Kerdy 1, Frédéric Kwedi Elombo 1, Ronald Lakem Lane 1, Georges Mooh Djike 1, Charles Zeh Nghie 1.

A goalscorer against Unisport FC on 18.03.2012 is currently unknown.

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 10/05/2012

BENJAMIN ELI AGBEKO

Benjamin Eli Agbeko of Mighty Jets FC is arguably one of the most exciting prospects in the GLO Premier League 2011-2012. Mighty Jets FC, based in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, is currently struggling to avoid relegation from the top flight. Despite playing for a rather poor team, Agbeko has been a shining light. A few days ago, Agbeko was linked to Ghanaian top club Asante Kotoko FC, who recently became league champions.

Agbeko is a product of the Unistar Soccer Academy, also based in Accra. As far as I know, Agbeko is still contracted to the academy, having signed a loan deal with Mighty Jets FC before the current season. According to M&M Consulting, Agbeko is born 18.05.1995 and will therefore turn 17 in a week. According to the same source, Agbeko is 178 centimeters and 75 kilos.

Agbeko is a versatile player, mostly used as a left-winger or as a striker. He has played regularly for Mighty Jets FC this season, sometimes making substitute appearances.

Agbeko played about 10 top level matches before he was named in the squad of the Ghana B national football team. At the time of writing, Agbeko is part of the Ghana U-20 national football team.

Agbeko has scored one league goal, on 21.03.2012 against Tema Youth FC.

Agbeko is described as a “playmaker”, “a dynamic, energetic” player with “strong tactical experience” and a “very good dribbler”. I have seen Agbeko a couple of times and can confirm that he is an excellent dribbler. I have also noticed that he is a lively player with great speed and a brilliant left-foot. Agbeko has stood out for Mighty Jets FC this season, alongside great players such as Musah Inusah (central defender), Jacob Kwao (midfielder), Emmanuel Laryea (full-back, midfielder), Tamimu Muntari (winger) and Abubakar Sidi Soufian (striker).

The following clip shows a few of his qualities:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INOUKjaZym0

The picture of Agbeko is taken from M&M Consulting.

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 07/05/2012

SCORPION FC

Scorpion FC, currently rock bottom in the MTN Elite One, is the “baby brother” of Garoua, the capital of the North Province in Cameroon. Cotonsport FC, the best club in Cameroon, gets most of the attention and more importantly, most of the talented players in the region. I have taken a closer look at the team who will struggle hard to avoid relegation this season.

Charlie Ekoa Kouma is the first choice goalkeeper of the team. Ekoa Kouma was backup goalkeeper at Canon Yaoundé last season.

The defence is centered around veteran Georges Eyidi Banimb (born 23.10.1979) and Paul Sarwissi. Telli Tchoanfine Padé, who was part of the Cameroon U-20 national football team in 2010, is also an interesting central defender. I believe Souleymanou Dori, formerly of Danay Yagoua, and Charles Matakon are regular full-backs.

Eyidi Banimb is one of several players signed from Ngaoundéré University FC before the new season. Ngaoundéré University FC was relegated last season and the leaders of Scorpion FC have done well to sign some of the best players from the club, including Kalba Bebdang, Moussa Saïdou and attacking midfielder Oumarou Sanda (born 06.11.1982), formerly of Cotonsport FC. Especially Saïdou has done well and is now an established player. Pierre Fanguargue (born 31.12.1980) and Eric Toukour are both important midfielders.

Scorpion FC is sorely missing their top scorers from last season. Ismaël Mamane from Niger travelled to Hassania d’Agadir (Morocco) and Patrick Naï joined YOSA. Abdouraman Siddi and Moussa Nassourou (born 17.04.1985) will have to score more goals if Scorpion FC shall retain their top level status. Nassourou scored 11 goals for Cotonsport FC in 2007 and played top level football for Roumdé Adjia FC in 2009-2010.

André Ngon did well for CNIC-UIC de Douala at second level last season but has yet to score for his new club.

List of scorers so far this season (7 goals):

Pierre Fanguargue 2, Moussa Nassourou 2, Abdouraman Siddi 2.

The goalscorer against Union Douala on 14.03.2012 is currently unknown. 

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 06/05/2012

AIGLE ROYAL

Aigle Royal de la Menoua, mostly referred to as Aigle Royal, is currently number 12 in the

MTN Elite One 2012. The league, consisting of 14 teams, has reached the halfway mark and Aigle Royal, based in Dschang in Western Cameroon, will most likely face a struggle to retain their status as a top level side.

Aigle Royal has traditionally been good in developing talented players. Therefore, I decided to take a closer look at their current squad.

Aigle Royal has two goalkeepers fighting for the number one shirt – Jaguar Kilama, sometimes referred to as Benjamin Kilama, and Leonard Ngam. As far as I know, Kilama, formerly of Astres Douala and Tiko United FC, is the most experienced. Kilama was preferred at the beginning of the season but Ngam seems to be first choice at the moment.

Abdoulaye Alingar, formerly of Achille FC from Yaoundé, is a central defender and one of the players who have stood out. Francois Ndongo Mpessa is a central defender who has been captaining the team several matches. It is currently somewhat unclear to me if this is the same Mpessa who played for the Cameroon national football team in 1997 and played professionally in South Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia. If so, Mpessa is 33 years and one of the oldest players in the league. Another experienced player is defender Richard Ngote (born 15.07.1984), formerly of Sable FC.

From my point of view, one of the most interesting players in the squad is full-back Joël Sandriel Boheu, who was part of the Cameroon U-20 national football team in 2010, playing for third level side FC Yaoundé II Formation. The following video shows a few glimpses of his quality:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSpKBqLwCyo

I know that Boheu has been awarded “Meilleur Joueur”-awards in a couple of matches this season and I believe it is fair to say that Boheu is one of the key players of Aigle Royal. Yannick Gaël Ntonme, formerly of Tiko United FC, is also a key player in defence.

Aigle Royal recently signed Thierry Nyangoua, formerly of Unisport FC and Panthere Sportive, to beef up the defensive line-up.

Lenekourman Baidam (born 02.04.1984) is one of the veterans of the team, often playing as a defensive midfielder. Baidam was mostly used as a striker at his former clubs, including Cotonsport FC, Espérance de Guider, Douala AC and Roumde Adjia FC.

Strongman Rodrigue Djithe and Baba Oumarou (born 04.11.1986), who has top level experience with Canon Yaoundé and Sable FC, are important players in midfield.

Attacking midfielder Wilfrid Etondo, formerly of YOSA, was part of the Cameroon B national football team in 2009. Etondo decided to travel to the Republic of Congo, starring for Diables Noirs from the Congolese capital of Brazzaville. Etondo made the first eleven for Aigle Royal in the first match of the season, but I have not seen him feature ever since. I don’t know if Etondo has left the club or if he is injured but normally, he would be a key player for the team.

Gautild Monsio Abissama (born 11.03.1991) has been one of the revelations of the seasons and the former player of Achille FC is currently top scorer at Aigle Royal with three league goals. David Mpouma is an experienced striker, formerly of Union Douala, who has mostly been used as a substitute. The picture is of Mpouma and is taken from 45fois2.com.

Landry Nguene and Nana Arnaud Njeukou are two other attackers who have mostly been shooting blanks this season. Nguene, formerly of Ngaoundéré University FC, was part of the Cameroon U-20 national football team earlier this year. Njeukou is a former player of Union Douala and Matelots de Douala.

Aigle Royal recently signed experienced attacker Alain Rodrigue Djomou (born 22.10.1985), formerly of Panthere Sportive, and Alassane Mongbet, formerly of Union Douala.

Victor Kueti Edepan, Pascal Achille Mvogo Ngono, Brian Tata and Kemjou Tamatieu are three important players who I struggle to find information about. Tamatieu was part of the Cameroon U-20 national football team earlier this season.

List of scorers so far this season (9 goals):

Gautild Monsio Abissama 3, Abdoulaye Alingar 1, Joël Sandriel Boheu 1, Alassane Mongbet 1, Pascal Achille Mvogo Ngono 1, Nana Arnaud Njeukou 1, Yannick Gaël Ntonme 1

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 03/05/2012

LOÏC MAXIME FEUDJOU

Goalkeeper Loïc Maxime Feudjou has been nothing less than a sensation since joining Cameroonian giants Cotonsport FC before the start of the MTN Elite One 2012. It’s not often a young goalkeeper makes such an early impression.

Feudjou started his career at Botafogo FC from Douala, currently playing at second level of Cameroonian football. In June 2011, Feudjou was named in the squad of the Cameroon U-23 national football team. Botafogo FC was playing at third level of Cameroonian football in the season 2010-2011.

According to unconfirmed sources, Feudjou has been a trialist at Spanish side Real Zaragoza. He has also been linked to several French clubs.

In December 2011, Feudjou was signed by Cotonsport FC. The flagship of Cameroonian football also signed Jean Efala Komguep from Fovu Club, widely considered as the biggest goalkeeping talent in the country. Most experts of Cameroonian football had thought Efala Komguep would fight for the number one shirt with Nigerien international goalkeeper Daouda Kassaly. However, Feudjou was selected for the first match of the season and has never looked back, establishing himself as the regular goalkeeper with several clean sheets and match-winning saves. Cotonsport FC has currently played 13 matches, having only conceded five goals. Feudjou has played most of these matches, probably at least 10 of them. As a result of Feudjou’s dominance, Efala Komguep is unsettled and apparently looking for a new club.

In February 2012, Feudjou was rather sensationally named in the squad of the Indomitable Lions, the Cameroon national football team. At the time, Feudjo had played approximately five games at top level of Cameroonian football.

On 25.03.2012, Feudjou made his debut in the CAF Champions League 2011 against Dolphins FC of Nigeria. Feudjou saved a penalty and his performance was described as “outstanding” by MTN Football. Cotonsport FC advanced to the second round, playing away to Berekum Chelsea FC of Ghana on 29.04.2012. Feudjou made another wonderful performance and kept a clean sheet, making several decisive saves.

Feudjou is born 14.04.1992 and has therefore turned 20 years old a few weeks ago. According to Camfoot, usually a reliable source, Feudjou is 182 centimeters and 74 kilos. In other words, Feudjou is rather small for a goalkeeper. Feudjou’s major strength is his cat-like reflexes and quick reactions. Feudjou’s shot stopping is brilliant and his good positional sense and judgement makes him an all-round goalkeeper. Apparently, Feudjou was initially an outfield player, suggesting he is good with his feet and a good ball player.

My biggest concern is obviously that Feudjou could lack the height to play in a tough European league – although that does not seem to be a problem to goalkeepers such as Iker Casillas of Real Madrid, who is also 182 centimeters.

Feudjou is very athletic and a true professional. He seems very sincere and reflected in interviews I have read. I find it rather obvious that Feudjou is a rare talent and if it is developed in the right way, he could be a future star of Cameroonian football.

The full name of Feudjou is “Loïc Maxime Feudjou Nguegang”. The picture is taken from Lechabba.

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 02/05/2012

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE NIGERIA PREMIER LEAGUE 2012

* At the time of writing, Rangers International FC is leading the Nigeria Premier League 2012. Even though the Enugu-based club has been impressive, I have always thought they could use more power up front as top striker Chikeluba Francis Ofoedu is not a typical target man. Earlier this month, Rangers signed stongman Ifeanyi Ede (born 05.12.1990) from Enyimba FC, possibly to create more space around the tricky Ofoedu. Ede failed to break through at Enyimba FC and has scored only once for Peoples’ Elephant this season, apparently during seven appearances. Ede scored seven goals for Enyimba FC during the Nigeria Premier League 2010-2011,

Ede made a goalscoring debut for Rangers when they won 3-0 against Gombe United FC on 29.04.2012. Ofoedu was also on the scoresheet, scoring his ninth league goal of the season, making him joint top scorer in the Nigeria Premier League 2012 together with youngster Mustapha Babadidi of Gombe United FC. Babadidi has been struggling with injury for the last couple of weeks. Hard-working striker Efe Yarhere scored the third goal of the match, also his third goal of the season.

* Right-winger Chinonso Okonkwo of Enyimba FC and the already mentioned Ofoedu will be strong candidates for the “Newcomer of the season-award” as both players are enjoying their first ever season at top level of Nigerian football. Okonkwo was signed from second level side First Bank FC before the season and his performances have been spectacular. Okonkwo is one of the quickest players at the club and has excellent dribbling skills. Okonkwo, who can also play as a striker, has scored four goals so far this season.

* I only recently found out that Enyimba FC has signed Paul Onobi (born 27.12.1992), formerly of Warri Wolves FC and Niger Tornadoes FC.

* In Stanley Dimgba, Kwara United FC has made one of the best signings of the mid-season transfer window. Dimgba, primarily a left-winger, was one of the bright spots at Plateau United FC last season, scoring twice for the relegated side. According to some sources, Dimgba scored on his debut for Kwara United FC on 28.04.2012 against Wikki Tourists FC. Other sources claim the goal was an own goal scored by Wikki’s brilliant captain Mustapha Ibrahim. Defender Ibrahim and strikers Alaba Johnson and Abubakar Umar are three players to look out for at Wikki Tourists FC.

* Akwa United FC, currently number six in the league, has been the surprise package so far this season. The club has several quality players, including goalkeeper Olufemi Thomas (born 05.08.1989), central defender Monday Osagie (born 31.12.1989), defensive midfielder Solomon Jabason and versatile attacker Ini Akpan. As far as I know, these four players have been essential to the success of the team.

The picture is of Solomon Jabason and is taken from SuperSport.

* Watch out for Fuad Ekelojuoti at Ocean Boys FC. The attacking midfielder is one of several young, promising players signed by the struggling club during the mid-season transfer window.

* I have previously written about Moses Bunde of Lobi Stars FC and described him as a striker. As far as I know, Bunde has lately been used as a central defender – with great success. As far as I know, Bunde has yet to turn 20 and he is definitely a wonderful talent.

* After a somewhat shaky start, goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye (born 07.08.1990) is now the established number one goalkeeper at Shooting Stars FC. Ajiboye, who made one appearance for Pontevedra CF, a Spanish third level side, during 2010-2011, has played several impressive matches for 3SC this season.

* I believe Kaduna United FC has signed right-winger Ndubuisi Nkoro, formerly of Heartland FC. Nkoro will bring valuable experience to the young side.

* Attacking midfielder Abdullahi Shehu has been a revelation for Kano Pillars FC. Shehu, who was recently named in the squad of the Nigeria U-20 national football team, joined Pillars from Plateau United FC before the season.

* Right-winger Gomo Onduku of Sharks FC is currently in top form, having scored four league goals during March and April 2012.

* Yesterday, central defender Shehu Majama’a (born 13.11.1989) of Wikki Tourists FC was named in the squad of the Nigeria B national football team. Hamza Ikenna Onwuemenyi (born 04.04.1988), who I believe is playing as a right-back for Akwa United FC, was a surprise inclusion in the squad.

 * It has been a rough season for Rising Stars FC, currently rock bottom in the league. However, several players can hold their heads high for the newly promoted side, including goalkeeper Moruf Olasupo, defender Adeniyi Adekunle, Clement Jonah Ayanfe, Philip Ede, captain Alaba Fadoju and top scorer Kayode Agboola (four goals). I won’t be surprised if some of these players sign a contract with bigger clubs during 2012.

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 28/04/2012

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE NIGERIA PREMIER LEAGUE 2012

* Earlier this month, attacking midfielder Thomas Zenke of ABS FC was included in the squad of the Nigeria U-20 national football team. I have read some rave reviews about Zenke and this is definitely a player to look out for. Zenke has scored two league goals so far this season and has featured regularly for ABS FC.

* Sharks FC has signed centre forward Felix Ogbuke (born 18.09.1985), formerly of MS Ashdod(Israel), Hapoel Tel-Aviv(Israel), Maccabi Petach Tikva(Israel), Hakoach Ramat Gan(Israel), Apollon Limassol(Cyprus) and Legia Warszawa(Poland). I find it positive that such an experienced player is back in the Nigeria Premier League. Further, I think Sharks has signed midfielder Emmanuel Tubonemi (born in 1985), formerly of AS Trencin of Slovakia.

* Saheed Babinton Fabiyi (born 23.12.1990) made a goalscoring debut for Enyimba FC on 25.04.2012 against Kwara United FC. In 2007, Fabiyi was part of the Nigeria U-17 national football team that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Fabiyi has been at several trials since 2007 but as far as I know, he has never played an official league match in Europe. Fabiyi is primarily a right-winger but can also play on the left or as a striker.

* Abashi Barnabas is an attacking midfielder / striker who was part of the Nigeria U-23 national football team in 2008. Barnabas is now playing for Niger Tornadoes FC after a stint in the Middle East, most likely in Yemen.

* Ocean Boys FC has signed some interesting new players:

-          Olushola Soji Jolayemi (born 09.06.1989) is a striker, formerly of Séwé Sport from the Ivory Coast. He failed to break through in the Ivorian Ligue 1 but will be hoping for success in his country of birth.

-          Erefaa Horsfall is a goalkeeper, formerly of Julius Berger FC. Horsfall has been impressive since taking over the number one shirt at the club.

-          Ahmed Kadiri (born 13.12.1992) is an attacking midfielder, formerly of Bayelsa United FC and Enyimba FC. Kadiri was part of the Nigeria U-20 national football team during 2011.

* In March 2012, I wrote about the “mysterious” player at Ocean Boys FC called “Raphael” whose last name has been written six different ways in Nigerian media. I recently learned that this real name most likely is Raphael Onwerebe and that he is a former player of USS Kraké of Benin. Onwerebe has scored three league goals for Ocean Boys FC so far this season.

* Centre forward Gero Alhaji (born 10.10.1993) failed to score during 14 matches for Kaduna United FC but the powerful youngster showed enough to be picked up by the more ambitious Rangers International FC earlier this month, making a goalscoring debut against Akwa United FC on 22.04.2012. A few days later, Alhaji was included in the squad of the Nigeria U-20 national football team. The picture is of Alhaji and is taken from MTN Football.

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 25/04/2012

MANDELA OCANSEY

Séwé Sport, based in San Pédro in the southwestern part of the Ivory Coast, is currently leading “Poule A” of the Ivorian Ligue 1 2012.

On 14.04.2012, Séwé Sport won 2-0 away to Stella Club. Mandela Ocansey, a full international player for Burkina Faso, scored one of the goals for Séwé Sport. Ocansey joined Séwé Sport in March 2012 and the goal against Stella Club was his first ever for his new club.

The observant reader will perhaps notice that “Mandela Ocansey” does not seem like a Burkinabe name. Ocansey is actually born in Ghana and my first record of the player is from the Ghanaian Onetouch Premier League 2006-2007. At the time, Ocansey was playing for the Feyenoord Academy, alongside famous players such as Dominic Adiyiah (Arsenal Kyiv, Ukraine), Harrison Afful (Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Tunisia) and Ernest Asante (IK Start, Norway).

I know that Ocansey played matches for the Feyenoord Academy in February 2007. According to his Facebook-page, Ocansey is born 02.02.1990, suggesting he had just turned 17 when he played at top level of Ghanian football.

Apparently, Ocansey was spotted by the ASEC Mimosas during the season. I believe he signed a contract with the Ivorian powerhouse in 2007 or 2008.

As far as I know, Ocansey travelled to Burkina Faso in 2008, joining ASFA-Yennenga from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Ocansey was an immediate sensation in Burkina Faso, ending the season as top scorer of the “Championnat National de 1ère Division 2008-2009” with 13 goals. Ocansey was widely regarded as the “Most Valuable Player” of the season. ASFA-Yennenga eventually won the championship.

The following season, the Championnat National Première Division 2009-2010, proved to be another success story for Ocansey. Ocansey scored another 13 goals, ending the season as top scorer for the second season in a row. ASFA-Yennenga won the championship.

I have not been able to find information about Ocansey’s performances during the Championnat National Première Division 2010-2011. However, ASFA-Yennenga won the league yet again and Ocansey was the star striker of the team. After three successful seasons in Burkina Faso, Ocansey decided to join the Ivorian league and Séwé Sport.

Ocansey is a rather experienced player despite being only 22 years old.

In early 2010, Ocansey was contacted by the Fédération Burkinabé de Foot-Ball. Despite being a Ghanaian, Ocansey was asked whether he would consider playing for “Les Etalons”, the Burkina Faso national football team.

Ocansey accepted the offer and in March 2010, he played for the Burkina Faso B national football team. In August 2010, Ocansey played for “Les Etalons”. At the time of writing, Ocansey has made a handful of appearances for the Burkina Faso national football team. He has also played for the Burkina Faso U-23 national football team.

Ocansey did not participate for Burkina Faso during the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea / Gabon in January / February 2012.

Ocansey has experience from the CAF Champions League. He scored an impressive tally of five goals during the CAF Champions League 2010 and one goal during the CAF Champions League 2011.

Ocansey is described as a petit striker. He is a fast player with good ball control and dribbling abilities. Despite being rather small, Ocansey is quite burly and strong enough to hold up the ball as his teammates advance. Ocansey is very energetic, mobile and a hard worker.

To be honest, I was rather surprised when I learned that Séwé Sport had signed such a brilliant player as Ocansey. I expect Ocansey to form a lethal partnership with Koelly Kevin Zougoula, both petit strikers, at Séwé Sport.

The picture of Ocansey is taken from lefaso.net. 

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 23/04/2012

ALASSANE DIALLO

At the time of writing, Alassane Diallo of US Gorée has scored six goals in the Ligue 1 2011-2012. Diallo has played approximately 10 matches and an average of 0,6 goals per match is quite impressive in the Senegalese league. Diallo is the star striker of US Gorée, a club playing their home matches in Dakar, despite originating from the Gorée Island, located 2 kilometres at sea from the main harbor of the Senegalese capital.

My first record of Diallo is from the Ligue 1 2010. Diallo scored at least two league goals for US Gorée, but it seems likely that he scored at least one more goal.

After the season, during the early parts of 2011, Diallo travelled to Lebanon and top level side Safa Beirut SC. Not much is known about the foreign adventures of Diallo. It is uncertain whether Diallo actually signed a contract, or if he was only attending trials. According to goalzz.com, Diallo did not score any goals for Safa Beirut SC from November 2010 to March 2011.

In March 2011, Diallo returned to Senegal and the Ligue 1 2010-2011 proved to be a breakthrough season for Diallo. Diallo played his first match of the season on 22.03.2011 (Week 11). Despite missing 1/3 of the season, Diallo scored at least six goals in approximately 20 matches. There are three goals unaccounted for during the season and it seems likely that Diallo scored at least one of these goals.

After the season, in October / November 2011, Diallo was part of the Senegal B national football team for the 2011 UEMOA Tournament. Apparently, Diallo had a good tournament as Senegal B eventually became champions. Diallo started the final match but did not score a goal during the tournament.

In February 2012, Diallo was training with “Les Lions de la Teranga”, the Senegal national football team. This clearly shows that Diallo is currently regarded as one of the top strikers in the Senegalese league.

Diallo is described as a burly striker who plays with both feet. He is effective as a centre forward but also likes to attack from the flanks.

The date of birth of Diallo is currently unknown. As far as I know, Diallo has never played for Senegal U-17, Senegal U-20 or Senegal U-23, making it difficult to estimate his age.

The picture of US Gorée is taken from iledegoree.wordpress.com.

Posted by: westafricanfootball | 22/04/2012

ASHANTIGOLD SC 1-1 MEDEAMA SC

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of watching the match between AshantiGold SC and Medeama SC in Week 25 of the GLO Premier League 2011-2012. The first half was excellent, perhaps the best I have seen all season, and the highlight was two beautiful goals from two players who I think are ready for professional contracts abroad. After seven minutes, AshantiGold SC took the lead through a stunning goal from their promising playmaker Aaron Amoah. Amoah ran 20 meters with the ball in his feet before placing the ball behind goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe, who was rooted to the ground, with a clinical finish. Richard Mpong, the skillful left-winger of Medeama SC, reduced the scoreline with a precise shot after a beautiful set-up by the intelligent Daniel Larbi Coomson.

The picture is of Richard Mpong and is taken from greenwichtime.com.

From my point of view, Fatau Dauda (born 06.04.1985) is the best goalkeeper in the GLO Premier League. The veteran number one was excellent picking out crosses and blocked several attempted shots, making a few matchwinning saves. He showed what an intelligent player he is by setting up his attackers with precise goal kicks. The current season is Dauda’s seventh or eighth season at AshGold.

Captain Daniel Asamoah is mostly found in central defence. Against Medeama SC, Asamoah played at left-back, returning to the position where he started his career. Asamoah showed that he is a good reader of the game but was rarely seen making off-the-ball runs down the channels.

Right-back Louis Quainoo (born 14.09.1987) showed aggressiveness and tough tackles before being replaced at half-time by Henri Traoré, the hard-running full-back from Burkina Faso. Quainoo, who has traditionally played at left-back, struggled with Medeama left-winger Richard Mpong but Traoré was able to quiet him down.

Henry Entsir (born 07.09.1990) and Lawrence Lartey yet again showed what an impressive central defensive pair they make. The rugged Entsir always seems to be intercepting dangerous crosses, shots and through-passes. When second level side FC Nania won the MTN FA Cup last year, Lartey was the captain of the team. Lartey joined AshGold in January 2012 and has been a sensation. I have never seen Lartey play before but it was easy to see that this stylish defender is a quality player. He showed good heading and jumping ability, strength and bravery. Lartey is definitely a player to watch.

Eric Kwaku Opoku (born 11.11.1991), who joined AshGold in January 2012 on a loan deal from Berekum Chelsea FC, is a versatile player who played as a defensive midfielder, shielding the central defenders and covering the full-backs. Opoku is a hard worker but was a rather quiet performer against Medeama. Opoku was replaced with defensive midfielder Malik Akowuah (born 19.04.1990). Akowuah was brilliant last season but the current season has been somewhat difficult for this quality player. Didier Florent Guibihi Koré (born 17.04.1989), a lanky player from the Ivory Coast, played in central midfield. Koré can also play as a striker but has been rather ineffective (four goals in just over 20 appearances) when playing up-front. However, I think Koré is a good player, perhaps at his best in a midfield role. Koré showed that he is a good ball-winner and a surprisingly good distributor as well.

When using a physical player like Koré in midfield, playmaker Aaron Amoah (born 07.07.1993) gets more space. Amoah had a brilliant game, showing yet again what an exciting prospect he is. I’ve already described his goal, his fifth this season, and Amoah showed excellent technical ability throughout the game. I am particularily impressed on how quick Amoah is with the ball in his feet. At times, Amoah runs past defenders like a hot knife through butter.

Bernard Akuffo (born 20.12.1986) joined AshGold from Tema Youth FC in January 2012. Akuffo played at the left side of the midfield and showed creativity and speed. Nana Poku (born 01.09.1988), who scored 16 goals for Berekum Arsenal FC last season, played at the right side of the midfield. Poku, who has had a difficult season, failing to break through at Berekum Chelsea FC earlier this season, is definitely more of a centre forward and he seems to have lost some of his confidence. At his best, Poku is a player who can outmuscle any defender.

Yakubu Mohammed, the top goalscorer of AshGold with 12 goals, was suspended this afternoon. In his absence, Alex Asamoah (born 16.01.1986) played up front. Asamoah, who had a stint at ES Sétif (Algeria) last year, is a natural goal scorer. I was impressed with Asamoah’s direct style of play. He always seemed to take the shortest way to goal. Asamoah was replaced with midfielder Latif Mohammed (born 22.10.1990) who always seems to cause havoc when attacking down the left-flank.

Medeama SC used youngster Muntari Tagoe (born 15.12.1992) in goal. Tagoe, apparently 195 centimeters tall, was named in the squad of the Ghana U-20 national football team last month. Tagoe made a couple of great saves but it was easy to see that he is rather inexperienced, looking somewhat shaky at times. I think Tagoe could become a wonderful goalkeeper when he has gained more experience.

I have seen Medeama SC several times this season and they often play with three central defenders, usually marshaled by the impressive Godfred Rockson (born 20.10.1986). Rockson is perhaps not the most stylish of defenders but he is strong as a bull and highly effective. Kwabena Adusei (born 03.06.1986) is the set-piece expert at Medeama, but he never showed his thunderbolt shots against AshGold. Adusei and Rockson have a great understanding and must be a nightmare to meet for any striker. The third central defender was Osei Berko (born 13.02.1989) who seems to have a more “fluid” role then Rockson and Adusei. Berko works hard but had a rather uneventful afternoon.

Captain Daniel Ocran (born 10.04.1991) played as a left wing back. I have always liked how comfortable Ocran is with the ball in his feet.

Augustine Sefa (born 13.03.1991) played as a right wing back. From my point of view, Sefa is a top-shelf defender with exceptional stamina, blistering speed and an adventurous style of play.

Suleman Masawudu (born 09.09.1989) has had a good season as a holding midfielder for Medeama. Masawudu struggled to deal with Amoah and was substituted at half-time with the stronger Atia Sumaila (born 20.06.1985). Sumaila gave Amoah less space but made few attacking contributions.

The job of Masawudu / Sumaila is to provide great working conditions for the playmaker Daniel Larbi Coomson (born 22.09.1989). Coomson is such an intelligent player with great close control and accurate passes. Coomson was often seen on the right side of the midfield while the left side was controlled by the enterprising Richard Mpong (born 04.07.1990). Mpong, who is a full international player for Ghana, is a great dribbler. The combination of skills, speed and hard work makes Mpong a quality player at this level. Personally, I think Mpong could do well in a bigger league. Mpong was replaced with petit striker Karim Abubakar (born 05.08.1991).

At times, Louis Agyemang (born 04.04.1983) is a target man. At times, he is a deep-lying forward. Agyemang, the top scorer of Medeama (seven goals), likes to wander, making this strongman extremely difficult to handle for any defense. I have always liked this player. Hans Coffie (born 10.06.1989) had scored four goals in four matches but had a difficult game against AshGold. Coffie is predominately right-footed and unfortunately, he could have scored a few goals if his left foot was as sharp as his right. Coffie worked hard but never looked dangerous in front of goal. Coffie was replaced with wonderboy Jacob Asiedu Appau (born 12.10.1994) who got a few minutes on the field.

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