Posted by: westafricanfootball | 09/10/2010

SPECIAL REPORT – KESSBEN FC

Scouts heading for Africa should consider watching a game with Ghanaian side Kessben FC, the current leader of the GLO Premier League. Having seen the side two times, I am rather impressed with their work-rate and the creative style of play.  Kessben FC was actually bought by the owner of second division side FC Medeamaa before the 2010-2011-season. This implied that some of the Medeamaa-players were thrown into the side of Kessben and some thought this could lead to chaos. The club also lost their regular right-back Akwasi Bobie Ansah to Hearts of Oak SC, their top defender Sampson Cudjoe to AshantiGold SC, the top goalscorer of the GLO Premier League 2009-2010, Bismark Idan – who signed for Bechem Chelsea – and one of Ghana’s most promising midfielders Yufa Zugah to Hearts of Oak SC. It is therefore fair to say that the current success of Kessben FC was against all odds.

Their current goalkeeper, Mozart Adjetey, has been a revelation. Adjetey was the backup-goalkeeper of Heart of Lions FC the last seasons and signed for Kessben when it became obvious that Lions preferred youth-international Joseph Addo whe Stephen Ahorlu went to Israel. Adjetey is a well-built goalkeeper who seems very confident.

In defence, Augustine Sefa, born 18.03.1991, is the regular right-back. A very attacking full-back who loves being involved in the offensive play.  The left-back, Seth Owusu, is to me somewhat of a mystery-man. Owusu can actually get his full debut for the Black Stars (the national football team of Ghana) later today against Sudan. Owusu was to me completely unknown until he made his debut for Kessben FC on 05.09.2010. The hard facts is therefore that Seth Owusu had played four matches in the GLO Premier League before he was called up to the Black Stars. Rather surprising to most fans of Ghanaian football. However, it is easy to notice that Owusu is a very exciting prospect. Apparently 19 years of age, he is a modern full-back with attacking qualities and an especially impressive left-foot. He has already taken responsibility as the dead-ball specialist of his side. Usually I would write an own report about a young local player being called up to the Black Stars, but it is difficult to write about a player which past is completely unknown to me.

The central defenders of Kessben is the towering Eric Kwabena Adusei, born 03.06.1985 and apparently 188 cm tall. He is a former player of Tema Youth FC and has been a regular for Kessben since 2008-2009. A very strong defender who has formed an impressive partnership with Joseph Hendricks, one of the players transferred from Medeamma. Hendricks is born 19.06.1975 and was a regular for the Black Stars in parts of 2002 and 2003, playing five full internationals according to my statistics. Hendricks has also played as a professional in Israel, for Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion FC. Hendricks is a very experienced defender who compensates his lack of speed with cleverness and the ability to read the play of the game.

In midfield, young exciting Issah Salifu, easily recognized with his rasta-hair, is for me the most important player. Extremely mobile, he is comfortable both in central midfield, as the hard working dynamo of the side, and as a hard-running winger. Issah Salihu has played for Wa All Stars FC since 2007-2008 and is a new summer-signing. Tall Isaac Osei, born 19.11.1984, does the dirty work as the more defensive of the midfielders. At left-wing, Richard Mpong, has made an impressive start to the season, already having two goals to his name. Mpong is born 04.07.1990 and is a well-known player in Ghanaian football, being part of the Ghana-team for the 2007 World Cup for U-17 players. Only 161 cm, he is a typical winger with great speed and dribbles. At right-wing or as a center forward, James Boadu will most likely be a contender for the top-goalscorer award for Kessben this season. Born 24.01.1985, Boadu has already been a professional in Albania for Vllaznia Shkodër and in Turkey for Genclerbirligi Ankara. Boadu is a tricky player who will make a lot of problems for opponents this season.

Striker Hans Coffie is the top goalscorer at the time of writing, scoring 3 goals in 6 matches. Coffie never managed to establish himself at Heart of Lions FC during 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 and played for Medeamma at second level in 2009-2010. Coffie was part of Ghana U-20 during 2008 and should therefore be in his early twenties. Other players who can play in the attacking roles of Kessben is Ibrahim Ali Baba, born 15.08.1989, an attacker who broke through for Wa All Stars FC in 2008-2009 but managed only a few goals for Kessben last season. One of Kessben’s top goalscorers in 2008-2009, Anum Lanquaye, born 28.07.1988, will probably lose the whole season due to a broken leg against Mighty Jets in September. Former Hearts of Oak-striker Raphael Obeng, born 29.01.1987, will be working hard to establish himself again in the Premier League, spending the 2009-2010 with Medeamma at second level. A player with obvious talent but who has struggled to make an impact the last years. Personally I think youngster Joe Paul Asante, mostly used as a substitute so far, is the most exciting player from a scouts point of view. Asante is born 22.11.1993 and was recently named in the Ghana U-17-squad. An extremely fast player, he has been impressive both in midfield and in a more attacking role. Still 16 years of age, this is a player for the future who has already received a lot of attention in Ghanaian football.


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