Posted by: westafricanfootball | 17/11/2010


The current leaders of the GLO Premier League in Ghana, Berekum Chelsea FC, have three of the best attackers in Ghanaian football in their squad. Emmanuel Clottey (born 30.08.1987) is currently Chelsea’s top goalscorer with three goals and has forced his way into the squad of the Black Stars, the Ghana national football team. Emmanuel Osei Banahene (born 16.08.1988) has only one goal to his name, but I think there will be more to come from this notorious goal poacher, who made his mark for Heart of Lions FC before he had a stint in Israel during 2008-2009. From my point of view, the most interesting player is however striker Bismark Idan. According to the official homepage of Berekum Chelsea FC, Idan has recently been included in a preliminary Ghana-squad for the 2011 CHAN-tournament that will be played in Sudan from 04.02.2011 to 25.02.2011.

The tournament is for home-based players only and should therefore be considered as a tournament for national B-teams. The inclusion is still not confirmed. It is nevertheless fair to say that Bismark Idan is one of the hottest strikers in the GLO Premier League. According to my statistics, Idan has currently scored 2 goals in the GLO Premier League 2010-2011. He is a regular member of the team and I can document that he has played in at least 8 of the 11 rounds that is currently played. It is probable that he has played in all 11 matches.

Bismark Idan is known as a burly striker and has previously been described as a player “skilled in possession” that “likes to attack down the channels and can be quite lethal on his day”.

In an article from Ghana Soccernet, dated 29.07.2009, Idan was described as a “22-year-old” striker, which should imply that he is born in 1987. However, according to Ghana Football Association, Bismark Idan is born 10.08.1989.

In Ghana, Idan is perhaps first of all known as the Top Goalscorer of the GLO Premier League 2009-2010. He scored 13 goals during the season, playing for Kessben FC. It should be pointed out that Idan had to share the award with Samuel Affum of Hearts of Oak SC, currently playing for Smouha SC in Egypt.

My first record of Bismark Idan is from September 2005, when Idan was playing for Gamba All Blacks FC, at that time playing at the second level of Ghanaian football. The club won promotion and played in the Onetouch Premier League in 2006-2007. Idan showed great promise during the season. In November 2006, he was included in the squad of the Black Meteors, the Ghana U-23 national football team. The other players in the squad were born in 1985, 1986 or 1987, while Idan, based on the information from Ghana Football Association, had just turned 17. After the 2006-2007 season, Idan was included in the squad of the Black Satellites, the Ghana U-20 national football team. He scored a goal for Ghana U-20 against Lesotho U-20 in June 2007, playing alongside Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, currently with Udinese Calcio, amongst others. As far as I know, the players from this Ghana U-20 squad were born between 1987 and 1990. I personally think it could be correct that Idan is born 10.08.1989.

Idan played for Kessben FC during 2007-2008 and scored one goal for his new club. Idan was back at Gamba All Blacks FC in 2008-2009 and had somewhat of a breakthrough in Ghanaian football, scoring four league goals for a struggling club that was eventually relegated. In 2009-2010, Idan was back at Kessben FC, and he was arguably their most important player, scoring 13 goals for a rather ordinary team that ended in ninth place.

Idan was not happy with the situation at Kessben FC and was looking for a new club. He was linked to several clubs, including Hearts of Oak SC. There was apparently some interest from Egypt as well. In May 2010, Idan was quoted in local media, claiming he was worth more than the US$ 40.000 price tag placed on his head after a flourished season at Kessben FC. Idan won a contract with Chelsea Berekum FC before the 2010-2011 season.

During 2010, Idan has been a regular member for Ghana B, scoring and impressing in both the so-called WAFU-tournament for national B football teams and a tri-nation tournament for B-teams in Liberia.

The name of Bismark Idan is commonly misspelled. His first name is often written “Bismarck” while there are several versions of his last name, including “Aidan”, “Idun” and “Ayidan”. “Bismark Aidan” is actually a rather common version of the name.


  1. Thanks, very informative! 🙂

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