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.