Posted by: westafricanfootball | 10/11/2010

OBSERVATIONS AND STATISTICS FROM GHANA

ADUANA STARS FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Bernard Dong Bortey 4, Joseph Mugri 2, Samuel Asiedu 1.

Observations:

The key player so far for Aduana Stars FC has arguably been playmaker / striker Bernard Dong Bortey (born 22.09.1982). According to several reliable sources, right-back Godfred Saka (born 02.11.1988) and central defender Emmanuel Akuoko, have both made an impressive start to the season. Godfred Saka was presented in my post from 09.10.2010.

ALL STARS FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Nathaniel Asamoah 3, Frank Nortey Sowah 2, James Kwame Abban 1, Safo Gyamfi 1, Isaac Ofori 1.

Observations:

Safo Gyamfi has played the last three league matches, scoring against Aduana Stars FC in Round 9, and is an unknown player to me. Talented goalkeeper David Dadzie (born 23.10.1990) looks set to challenge Robert Dabuo (born 10.11.1990) for the number one shirt. Dadzie is a former member of the Red Bull Academy and played for Nungua United FC in 2006-2007. He was also member of Ghana U-17 in 2006 and 2007.  Seidu Shaibu Zida (born 05.08.1992) was recently added to the Ghana U-20 national football team and apparently his main position is attacker. Defender Saeed Adinan (born 20.03.1991) was named in the same squad. Other players that are performing well at the moment are defensive midfielder Edwin Gyimah,who according to some sources is currently playing as a winger, and attacker Frank Nortey Sowah (born 06.05.1991). Nathaniel Asamoah (born 22.02.1990), that I wrote about on 22.10.2010, has not scored in three matches.

ARSENAL FC BEREKUM

List of scorers after Round 10:

Nana Poku 4, Shaibu Adams 1, Stephen Amankwah 1, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour 1, Bennet Ofori 1.

The goalscorer against AshantiGold SC on 31.10.2010 (Round 9) is still unknown.

NB: According to some sources, Saliu Yakubu scored in Round 8 against Mighty Jets, and not Nana Poku.

Observations:

I am currently working hard to find out more about Nana Poku, apparently the biggest star Arsenal FC Berekum. I know he played for Arsenal in 2009-2010 but are so far unable to track him any further back in time. I have also found out that young attacker Ernest Obeng (born 24.01.1992) is still with the club. 

ASANTE KOTOKO FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Alex Asamoah 4, Daniel Nii Adjei 3, Louis Agyemang 2, Edward Affum 1.

Observations:

The experienced Aziz Ansah (born 07.10.1980) has joined Asante Kokoto FC from Heartland FC of Nigeria. The versatile defender is a former full international player for Ghana and won his last cap against Angola on 18.11.2009. Ansah can fit comfortably on the left or right side of defense. He has played for several foreign clubs, including RC Harelbeke(Belgium), SSC Napoli(Italy), RWD Molenbeek(Belgium), MS Ashdod(Israel), Al-Ahli(Bahrain) and FC Dallas(United States). He has also spent several seasons at Asante Kotoko, but his comeback has so far not been a success as both his matches have ended with a loss. Right-winger Ekow Benson (born 23.04.1989) has apparently established himself in the starting eleven. Benson was once regarded as a future regular for the Black Stars and made his full international debut against Brazil on 27.03.2007. Central defenders Henry Ohene Brenya (born 04.05.1985) and John Kuffour (born 15.01.1988) have formed a good partnership. Defensive midfielder Albert Bruce (30.12.1992) has recently been named in the squad of the Ghana U-20 national football team.

ASHANTIGOLD SC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Yakubu Mohammed 3, Addoquaye Addo 1, Nana Yaw Afriyie 1, Theophilus Anobaah 1.

The goalscorer against Arsenal FC Berekum on 31.10.2010 (Round 9) is still unknown.

NB: According to http://www.ghanafa.org, Latif Mohammed scored in Round 10 against RTU, and not Yakubu Mohammed.

Observations:

Yakubu Mohammed (born 26.07.1990) is a striker who apparently played for Heart of Lions FC and Nungua United FC before joining AshantiGold SC. He has been impressive this season and looks like a player that could create chances on his own. I am getting more and more sure that right-back Nana Yaw Afriyie (born 08.11.1992) soon could be heading for bigger leagues than the Ghanaian.

BRONG AHAFO STARS FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Daniel Larbi Coomson 4, Mamudu Suleman 1.

NB: According to some sources, Mahmud Oshee scored in Round 3 against Real Tamale United, and not Mamudu Suleman.

Observations:

Thanks to a friend, a professional scout, that was present at the Stadium in Sekondi-Takoradi, I am now able to publish the starting eleven for BA Stars FC against Kessben FC in Round 8:

Nurudeen Mohammed, Kwame Osei, Samuel Adams, Daniel Ocran, Daniel Larbi Coomson, Amos Akwasi Frimpong, Mamudu Suleman, Abubakari Sadiq, Ishmael Otoo Amoah, Kwasi Samuel Poku, Joseph Halm.

My friend was impressed with Daniel Larbi Coomson (born 22.09.1989) who is having a wonderful season.

Based on this line-up, I am unsure that Fuseini Adams played for BA Stars FC against Hearts of Oak SC in Round 5. It could very well have been Samuel Adams. Amos Akwasi Frimpong is a talented midfielder and was recently named in the squad of the Ghana U-20 national football team.

I have previously written that Daniel Ocran of BA Stars FC is the former central defender of Hasaacas FC. I am not so sure about this any longer, given that another Daniel Ocran played for Kessben FC in Round 10.

CHELSEA BEREKUM FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Emmanuel Clottey 3, Bismark Idan 2, Alfred Arthur 1, Emmanuel Osei Banahene 1, Mohammed Abdul Basit 1, Obed Owusu 1, Own Goals 1.

Observations:

The attacking trio of Emmanuel Clottey (born 30.08.1987), Bismark Idan (born 10.08.1989) and Emmanuel Osei Banahene (born 16.08.1988) could very well make Chelsea Berekum champions this season. Emmanuel Clottey, that made his full international debut for Ghana against Sudan in October, was included in the squad for the international friendly against Saudi Arabia later this month. According to some reports, left-winger Frank Acheampong (born 16.10.1993), has signed for Chelsea. This is not confirmed as he is linked to several European clubs, including Udinese Calcio from Italy and Manchester City FC from England. Acheampong was widely regarded as the best winger in the GLO Premier League 2009-2010, playing for King Faisal Babes. He is also a regular for Ghana U-20 and sometimes referred to as “Messi”. Anyone that is not familiar with Acheampong should check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtJLiT7SWNU. During the last couple of weeks, I have also learned that Edward Kpodo is a brilliant central defender. Other players that has played for Chelsea this season includes winger Paul Aidoo (born in 1988 or 1989), formerly of Hasaacas FC, Alexander Antwi (born 22.02.1986), formerly of Tema Youth FC, and talented defender / winger Eric Kwaku Opoku (born 11.11.1991), formerly of King Faisal Babes and currently a member of Ghana U-20

EBUSUA DWARFS

List of scorers after Round 10:

Bismark Asiedu 4, Moustapha Douglas 2, Francis Gyebi 1, Abdul Aziz Yusif 1, Seidu Bansi 1, Own Goals 1.

Observations:

I am starting to realize that goalkeeper Foli Adade (born 10.12.1992) is one of the most talented in Ghana at the moment. He is still part of Ghana U-20 and seems to be first choice at club level, despite competition from more experienced goalkeepers. Bismark Asiedu (born 17.09.1984) gets a lot of positive attention for his performances.

HEART OF LIONS FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Gilbert Fiamenyoh 2, Daniel Acquaye 1, Sheriff Danladi 1, Edmond Owusu-Ansah 1.

NB: According to some sources, the two goals in Round 3 against Dwarfs were scored by Danladi. According to other sources, Fiamenyoh and Danladi scored. I personally think the goals were scored by Acquaye and Danladi.

Observations:

Several players have been impressive so far this season, especially goalkeeper Joseph Addo (born 02.11.1990) and the back-four, usually consisting of left-back Emmanuel Anarfi (born 18.10.1986), right-back Prosper Aveh, and central defenders Kweku Andoh and Godfred Rockson (born 20.10.1986). Former Asante Kotoko FC right-winger Ofosu Amoah (born 25.12.1984), often referred to as Tico-Tico, is still with the club. An exciting player to watch when he is in good shape. Strong striker Gilbert Fiamenyoh (born 06.07.1992) is linked to several foreign clubs and it seems likely that he will leave Ghana in January.

HEARTS OF OAK SC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Edwin Osei Pele 3, Uriah Asante 2, Douglas Nkrumah 2.

NB: According to some sources, it was Yufa Zugah and not Uriah Asante that scored in Round 5 against BA Stars.

Observations:

Goalkeeper Sammy Adjei (born 01.09.1980) was included in the Black Stars-squad for their friendly against Saudi Arabia later this month. Adjei has arguably been the top goalkeeper in the GLO Premier League this season. Striker Wilson Andoh (born 29.11.1990) has actually kept Edwin Osei “Pele” on the bench for the last couple of matches. However, Osei got a new chance to impress at Ghana U-20, being named in the squad for the friendly against Bulgaria U-20. Central defender and captain Karim Alhassan (born 30.04.1991), was named in the same squad.

KESSBEN FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

James Boadu 4, Hans Coffie 4, Richard Mpong 2, Joseph Hendricks 1.

Observations:

Defender Nurudeen Yusif (born 28.08.1992) has forced his way into the starting eleven. Yusif is a former player of Hearts of Oak SC and played for FC Medeamaa at second level last season. He is widely considered as a big talent and was recently named in the squad for the Ghana U-20 friendly against Bulgaria U-20. Two other defenders, Otou Acheampong (born 07.06.1990), who was part of Ghana B earlier this year, and veteran central defender Nana Kofi Egyir, signed from Hasaacas FC, are also challenging the usual back four, consisting of Eric Kwabena Adusei, Joseph Hendricks, Augustine Sefa and Seth Owusu. I have also learned that Alex Kwadwo Tettey is the reserve goalkeeper for the exciting Mozart Adjetey. Midfielder Kassim Adams was recently named in the squad for the Ghana U-20 friendly against Bulgaria U-20. Other players that so far has played a rather peripheral role is midfielder Godfred Awotwe (born 10.08.1988), formerly of Wa All Stars FC, left-back Suraj Mohammed (born 02.10.1993) and central defender Daniel Ocran, formerly of Hasaacas FC and FC Medeamaa . I have previously written that Ocran signed for BA Stars FC before the season, but this looks like to be a different player.

Thanks to a friend, a professional scout, that was present at the Stadium in Sekondi-Takoradi, I am now able to publish the starting eleven for Kessben FC against BA Stars FC in Round 8:

Mozart Adjetey, Suraj Mohammed, Eric Kwabena Adusei, Joseph Hendricks, Augustine Sefa, Godfred Awotwe, Richard Mpong, Isaac Osei, Issah Salihu, James Boadu, Hans Coffie.

Joe Paul Asante came on as a substitute.

My friend was impressed with in-form Hans Coffie and Isaac Osei. The latter is perhaps somewhat of an unsung hero at Kessben FC but is a strong defensive midfielder with good passing abilities and an aggressive style of play.

KING FAISAL BABES

List of scorers after Round 10:

Abdul Wahab 5, Daniel Addo 1, George Ekow Annan 1, Prince Arkoh 1, Farouk Mohammed 1, Awudu Nafiu 1.

NB: There seems to be some confusion regarding the three goalscorers in Round 8 against Asante Kotoko. Some sources write that Samuel Adade scored one goal and that Prince Arkoh scored two goals. I personally think Annan, Arkoh and Wahab were the scorers.

Observations:

From my point of view, the major question is: who is Abdul Wahab? I know one “Abdul Wahab”, one certain Ibrahim Abdul Wahab (born 04.06.1989), that was registered for Eleven Wise FC in 2008-2009. I have no reason to believe this is the same player. Abdul Wahab is apparently a striker and is currently on fire, scoring 4 goals in the last three matches. Another unknown player that I have noticed is defender Mohammed Farouk. Ever-green veteran Micky Ofosu (born 15.09.1984) is having a good season and is important for the attacking play of King Faisal.

LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Morou Zakari 2, Atta Kusi 1, Bright Lukeman 1, Naby Capi Soumah 1, Mawuli Tuglo 1.

Observations:

According to the Wikipedia-article about Naby Soumah, a full international player from Guinea that played for CS Sfaxien in Tunisia, this is actually the same player as Naby Capi Soumah of Liberty Professionals FC. In fact, one of my former posts is used as reference. These are actually two completely different players. Both midfielder Naby Capi Soumah and his countryman Fodé Moussa Sylla, a target man, have finally found the form they showed last half of the 2009-2010 season, which is obviously good news for Liberty Professionals FC. Right-back David Kabu (born 24.02.1987), who had a very impressive 2009-2010, made his first start of the season in Round 10. I guess the competition between Kabu and wonderboy Atta Kusi (born 25.10.1992) will be tough. Liberty has a player called Issah Yakubu, described as a young, enterprising central midfielder. I think this is the same Issah Yakubu that played for Real Tamale United FC and was member of Ghana B earlier this year. Patrick Antwi (born 04.11.1987), became the fourth goalkeeper used this season. Antwi played for the Black Stars against Mexico on 26.03.2008. One of his challengers, James Akwasi Acheampong (born 30.11.1991), was recently named in the Ghana U-20 squad, together with left-back Francis Morton (born 05.11.1992), presented in my post from 26.10.2010. I am still wondering what happened to youngster Latif Salifu (born 01.08.1990), widely regarded as the best striker at Liberty. Liberty Professionals FC are apparently interested in signing attacking midfielder Tawrick Jibril, the 1992-born prodigy of Hearts of Oak SC.

MIGHTY JETS FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Stephen Adams 3, Aaron Amoah 2, Yahaya Mubarak 1, Kofi Owusu 1.

Observations:

I am looking hard for more information about Stephen Adams, who is getting rave reviews for his performances. Nevertheless, Aaron Amoah (born 07.07.1993) is the big star of Mighty Jets FC. Amoah was presented in my post from 16.10.2010. Striker Kofi Owusu was added in the Ghana U-20 squad recently, somewhat surprising to me as he is born 07.04.1990 according to my sources, which of course could be wrong. Tall left-back Abdul Rahman Baba played for Ghana U-17 against Senegal U-17 earlier this month.

NEW EDUBIASE UNITED FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Stephen Manu 6, Fuseini Nuhu 3, Abubakari Mumuni 1.

Observations:

Baba Gullit (born 23.09.1987), Stephen Manu (born 21.01.1985) and Fuseini Nuhu (born 20.06.1989) are the current stars of New Edubiase United FC. Manu and Nuhu are forming one of the best striking duos in the GLO Premier League, while Gullit is the creative force in midfield.

REAL TAMALE UNITED FC

List of scorers after Round 10:

Toufik Alolo 1, Richard Annan 1, Hassan Mohammed 1, Richard Yeboah 1.

Observations:

Benjamin Boateng (born 03.06.1991), the former striker of Hearts of Oak SC, has joined RTU. Atia Sumaila (born 20.06.1985) is apparently having a good season and turns out to be more of an attacking midfielder / forward than I thought he was.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

It is almost impossible to follow Ghanaian football without noticing striker Nasiru Mohammed, the current captain of Ghana U-17. He seems to be scoring goals in every international match and is obviously a player to watch, although it is way too early to find the superlatives. I also find it interesting that Romeo Agban, the attacking midfielder that played for Great Olympics FC last season, played for Ghana U-17 earlier this month.


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