Posted by: westafricanfootball | 03/01/2011

GLO PREMIER LEAGUE 2010-2011 – HALF-SEASON REPORT (PART ONE)

ADUANA STARS FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Bernard Dong Bortey 4, Joseph Mugri 3, Nurudeen Ali 2, Samuel Asiedu 1.

Observations:

* Many experts thought Aduana Stars FC, the champions from 2009-2010, would experience a difficult second season at highest level in Ghanaian football. However, thanks to one of the strongest defences ever seen in the GLO Premier League, Aduana Stars FC are currently third and looks like an outsider for the title once again. Last season, Aduana Stars FC conceded 10 goals in 30 matches. Currently, they have conceded 6 goals in 15 matches. The defence usually consists of agile goalkeeper Stephen Adams (born 28.09.1984), left-back Francis Larbi (born 17.07.1992), central defenders Emmanuel Akuoko and hard-tackling Johnson Adomah (born 05.06.1985) and right-back Godfred Saka (born 02.11.1986), presented in my post from 09.10.2010. Emmanuel Ansong (born 22.10.1989) is a versatile defender who has been impressive the last months.

* Aduana Stars FC have several good attacking players as well, eccentric playmaker Bernard Dong Bortey (born 22.09.1982) being the most prominent. Lanky striker Joseph Mugri, the top goalscorer of second-level club FC Medeamaa last season, has been a great signing.

* All the above mentioned players was included in preliminary squads for Ghana B, who are preparing for the 2011 CHAN-tourmanent. However, Larbi, Adomah and Mugri was cut from the squad when Coach Herbert Addo named the official 30-man pre-CHAN squad on 31.12.2010, according to Ghana Football Association.

* Talented attacker Nurudeen Ali (born 16.05.1991) has found his form during November and December. Nurudeen Ali was an important member of Ghana U-17 in 2007 and Ghana U-20 in 2009 and has been regarded as a man for the future for quite some time.

ALL STARS FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Nathaniel Asamoah 6, Fatau Owen Mohammed 3, Frank Safo Gyamfi 2, Frank Nortey Sowah 2, James Kwame Abban 1, Isaac Ofori 1.

Observations:

* The major question for fans of Wa All Stars FC will be how the team can cope without top striker Nathaniel Asamoah, presented in my post from 22.10.2010, and top defender Mohammed Yahaya Sabato, who reportedly will join Asante Kotoko FC in January.

* Other key-players so far this season has been goalkeeper Robert Dabuo (born 10.11.1990) and defensive midfielder Edwin Gyimah, signed from Hasaacas FC before the season. Dabuo, Gyimah and Sabato were included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010 according to Ghana Football Association.

* Accoring to fresh reports, Emmanuel Osei, a talented attacker that has been with Wa All Stars FC since 2007, has joined Liberty Professionals FC. Osei was part of Ghana U-17 during 2008-2009. I cannot document that Osei has played for All Stars this season. According to the same reports, a Wa All Stars FC-player called James Armah has also joined Liberty Professionals. This is an unknown player to me.

* Striker Fatau Owen Mohammed (born 10.05.1982) has brought some valuable experience to a young squad and has been in good form in November and December. He is a former key player of Real Tamale United FC. 

* All Stars are currently mid-table but I fear they will experience difficulties if Asamoah and Sabato leaves, although the team always seems to find new talent. Perhaps Seidu Shaibu Zida, the Ghana U-20 attacker born 05.08.1992 will have a more prominent role in the second part of the season?

ARSENAL FC BEREKUM

List of scorers after Round 15:

Nana Poku 6, Bennet Ofori 1, Shaibu Adams 1, Francis Aggrey 1, Stephen Amankwah 1, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour 1, Moumouni Ouattara 1.

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

Observations:

* The burly striker Nana Poku, presented in my post from 19.11.2010, was included in preliminary squads for Ghana B, who are preparing for the 2011 CHAN-tourmanent. Surprisingly, he was cut from the final squad, presented on 31.12.2010.

* Arsenal FC have only conceded 12 goals in 15 matches and have several excellent defensive players. The two goalkeepers Haruna Razak and Thomas Tuah Asare (born 17.03.1984) are almost  equally good and pushes each other in training. Giant centre-back Kofi Agyare (born 19.02.1982), 198 centimeters according to my sources, captain Saliu Yakubu (born 21.04.1983), the versatile Osei Berko (born 13.02.1989) and the talented Akwasi Acheampong are all quality defenders at this level.

* Huge, experienced forward Francis Aggrey, Arsenal’s top goalscorer in 2009-2010, has not found his form yet and has been placed on the bench in recent matches. Aggrey, often referred to as “Mboma”, has been the star striker of Arsenal since 2001 and is very important for the team.

ASANTE KOTOKO FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Daniel Nii Adjei 4, Alex Asamoah 4, Louis Agyemang 2, Prince Boateng 2, Edward Affum 1, Michael Ofosu Appiah 1, Jordan Opoku 1.

Observations:

* The following Kotoko-players were included in preliminary squads for Ghana B, who are preparing for the 2011 CHAN-tourmanent:

–          Louis Agyemang (born 04.04.1983), an experienced striker who played in South Africa between 2005 and 2008. According to unconfirmed reports, Agyemang will sign for Kessben FC in a matter of days.

–          Albert Bruce (born 30.12.1992), a defensive midfielder with tremendous potential. Bruce was signed from Arsenal FC Berekum before the season.

–          Isaac Amoako (born 20.08.1983), experienced goalkeeper who has been an important member of Kotoko for several years.

–          Michael Ofosu Appiah (born 29.12.1988), versatile defender, primarily right-back or central defender. Formerly of Kessben FC. Some reports suggest he is about to leave Kotoko. Should not be confused with Ofosu Appiah, another defender at Asante Kotoko FC.

–          Alex Asamoah (born 16.01.1986), injury-plagued striker who arguably is the best player at Kotoko when at top-form.

–          Mohammed Awal (born 01.05.1988), the central defender from Feyenoord Academy and Mohammed Yahaya Sabato, the star defender at Wa All Stars FC, will apparently join Kotoko during January 2011.

–          Prince Boateng (born 01.08.1986), right-back who has forced his way into the first eleven of Kotoko during November and December, scoring two goals during the process. Boateng is a former player of Sporting Mirren FC.

–          Samad Oppong (born 21.07.1988), right-winger who apparently is a favorite of Bogdan Korak, the new Kotoko-coach. Oppong was out in the cold until October but has made some impressive performances during November and December. Well-known in Ghana for his immense dribbling skills.

* Isaac Amoako, Mohammed Awal, Mohammed Yahaya Sabato and Samad Oppong were all included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010 according to Ghana Football Association.

* In my post from 19.12.2010, I presented the new signings of Asante Kotoko – Michael Akuffo, Nathaniel Asamoah, Mohammed Awal, Yaw Frimpong, Iddrisu Nafiu, Mohammed Yahaya Sabato, Joseph Tachie-Mensah and Ahmed Touré. During the last couple of weeks, Kotoko has apparently also signed a player from Mali, Seydou Traoré, left-back Gershon Akuffo (born 27.12.1987), formerly of Wa All Stars FC and Serbian side Napredak Krusevac, as well as two youth players called Bukari Alhassan and Apraku Frimpong. Traoré is unknown to me at the time of writing but Akuffo could prove to be an excellent signing, as he was highly regarded when he left Wa All Stars FC after 2009-2010.

* The unsung hero of Asante Kotoko FC, central midfielder Daniel Nii Adjei (born 29.09.1988) is surprisingly ignored from the CHAN-preparations. As far as I know, Adjei has been ever present this season, scoring four goals. Adjei is strong, uncompromising and smart but perhaps not too skillful. His powerful shots could have been an asset during the CHAN-tournament.

* Peter Amoah, the central defender that was signed from Arsenal FC Berekum before the season, has apparently been put on the transfer list – without making a single league appearance for Kotoko.

* Ekow Benson (born 23.04.1989), once regarded as the most talented right-winger in Ghana, has failed to establish himself at Kotoko and is apparently on his way out.

* It is still not confirmed whether striker Kabiru Imoro will re-join struggling Real Tamale United FC during January.

* Fans of Kotoko will be hoping to see Gideon Baah (born 01.10.1991), the highly gifted left-back, during the second part of the season. Baah was horrifically injured during 2009-2010 and has not played for Kotoko this season. Baah is known for a cultured left foot and graceful dribbling.

ASHANTIGOLD SC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Yakubu Mohammed 5, Addoquaye Addo 1, Nana Yaw Afriyie 1, Theophilus Anobaah 1, Edmund Owusu Peprah 1.

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

Observations:

* According to Ghanasoccernet, AshantiGold SC recently named their squad for the 2011 Confederations Cup:

Addoquaye Addo, Emmanuel Adjetey, Nana Yaw Afriyie, Malik Akowuah, Isaac Akrong, Daniel Asamoah, John Ashong, Michael Boakye, Sampson Cudjoe, Fatau Dauda, Henry Entsir, Eric Fordjour, Jonas Frimpong, Aziz Ibrahim, Sadat Karim, Melvin King, Mohamed Lamine Kouyaté, Aminu Mohammed, Latif Mohammed, Yakubu Mohammed, Edmund Owusu Peprah, Eugene Owusu Prempeh, Alhaji Sani, Henri Traoré, Salomon Aka Wisdom, Issahaku Zakari.

The list raises several interesting questions. I personally miss the lively winger Theophilus Anobaah. I have not found reports that should imply that he has been sold. According to Ghanasoccernet, Aziz Ibrahim is a goalkeeper which is not true. He is actually a defender or midfielder. Sadat Karim, the attacker born 24.10.1989, actually played for Chelsea Berekum FC earlier this season. Melvin King is the former full international goalkeeper for Liberia, who should be considered as third choice goalkeeper, behind Fatau Dauda (born 06.04.1985) and Isaac Akrong (born 29.08.1988). Mohamed Lamine Kouyaté is an unknown player to me. His name suggests that he is from Mali or Guinea. However, the most interesting name on the list is Beninese international striker Salomon Aka Wisdom (born 01.10.1988), who has played professionally at Slovak club MSK Zilina for several seasons, failing to establish himself.

* Strong central defender John Ashong (born 02.11.1981) was included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010. Goalkeeper Isaac Akrong, central defender Henry Entsir (born 07.09.1990) and burly attacker / winger Eric Fordjour (born 07.08.1988) were all considered in November but did not reach the final squad. Surprisingly, top goalscorer Yakubu Mohammed (born 26.07.1990) was not even a candidate for the squad. The strong and hard-running striker has scored two goals in the last three matches for AshantiGold SC, currently 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.     

BRONG AHAFO STARS FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Daniel Larbi Coomson 4, Oscar Amponsah 1, Mohammed Bawa 1, Mamudu Suleman 1.

Observations:

* Top goalscorer and key player Daniel Larbi Coomson (born 22.09.1989), the attacking midfielder / winger, was included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010, and has been one of few bright spots this seasons. Therefore I expect that fans of BA Stars FC will be shocked by the recent news that Coomson has joined fourth placed Kessben FC. The transfer is still unconfirmed but several trustworthy sources report that it has taken place.

* Besides Coomson, young captain Amos Frimpong, a right-back or defensive midfielder who has been part of Ghana U-20 earlier this year, has been a key player.

* BA Stars FC are currently at last place and I must say that the team looks very weak at this point of the season. The team have several experienced players that have yet to shine, including Joseph Onyinah Ababio, who actually played for Heart of Lions FC as early as 2003, Daniel Bomfah, an experienced striker who scored regularly for Wa All Stars FC the last couple of seasons, Kwabena Dodzi (born 12.12.1983), once the promising playmaker of Asante Kotoko FC, and Kwame Osei (born 10.03.1987), a regular left-back for Asante Kotoko FC between 2006 and 2010.

* The major problem for BA Stars FC has been scoring goals. Ishmael Otoo Amoah, Oscar Amponsah, Mohammed Bawa and the burly Joseph Halm, have all wasted several chances during the season.

* Based on their low performance, it is no surprise that BA Stars FC has brought several new players to the club during the last couple of weeks. As mentioned above, key player Daniel Larbi Coomson has apparently joined Kessben FC, but according to fresh reports, BA Stars FC have gotten three players in return. These are Bala Tigana, Prince Attakora Gyimah and Solomon Lamptey.

Bala Tigana was a key player for FC Medeamaa at second level in 2009-2010. Tigana is primarily a striker and was a trialist at Hearts of Oak SC during 2008-2009. Tigana is in early twenties as far as I know.

Prince Attakora Gyimah (born 25.12.1990) is a rather experienced attacker despite his young age. Gyimah played for Ghana U-17 in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2007 and was an important member of Arsenal FC Berekum for several years until he joined Kessben FC before 2009-2010. Gyimah went back to Arsenal during the season, but has played for Kessben FC in 2010-2011, primarily being a squad player.

Solomon Lamptey (born 30.10.1992), primarily a winger, played for Sporting Mirren FC in 2007-2008 at second level, then had a stint at Hearts of Oak SC, without playing for the first team, and then played for FC Medeamaa at second level in 2009-2010.

Other interesting new signings include Kweku Essien (born 12.12.1984), an attacking midfielder formerly of Eleven Wise FC and Hearts of Oak SC, as well as several other clubs. In 2007-2008, Essien played one league match for VfL Osnabrück – a German club who was playing at second level (2. Bundesliga) at the time. Essien is 185 centimeters and 80 kilos. Edmund Allan Shearer and James Nanor has joined BA Stars FC from Chelsea Berekum FC. As far as I know, center forward Shearer has only scored one goal in the GLO Premier League since 2007-2008, then playing for Heart of Lions FC. James Nanor is an experienced goalkeeper with about 10 full international matches for Ghana. Nanor has recently played for New Edubiase United FC and AshantiGold SC. Interestingly, Nanor features with two date of births on the official FIFA-page – 12.08.1976 and 12.08.1979. As far as I know, Nanor has not played for Chelsea this season. Two other experienced performers are left-back / central defender Godfred Yeboah (born 06.07.1980) and striker Michael Osei (born 22.09.1982). Yeboah last featured for Asante Kotoko FC in 2008-2009 and has a handful of full international matches for Ghana, the last one in 2008. Osei is primarily known as a former player of Liberty Professionals FC but also had a stint in India. Osei performed well for Ghana U-17 in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 1999 and played one full international match for Ghana in 2002.

From my point of view, the most interesting signing besides Essien is striker Mawuli Tuglo (born 02.10.1989) from Liberty Professionals FC. Although Tuglo has struggled for the last couple of seasons, he is a player with obvious qualities.

Other signings that are rather unknown to me include Abubakar Sualla (from Liberty Professionals), Solomon Pamford (from Manganese FC), Obed Ashiagbor (from King Solomon FC), Emmanuel Okine and Fauzy Osuman.

CHELSEA BEREKUM FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Emmanuel Clottey 6, Mohammed Abdul Basit 4, Bismark Idan 3, Emmanuel Osei Banahene 2, Yaw Alexander 1, Alfred Arthur 1, Obed Owusu 1, Own Goals 1.

Observations:

* Chelsea are the current leaders of the GLO Premier League 2010-2011, seven points in front of number two. They are also the team that scores the most goals (19) in the league and the Chelsea-squad are busting with impressive attacking players. Top goalscorer Emmanuel Clottey (born 30.08.1987), right-winger Obed Owusu (born 16.04.1985), striker Bismark Idan (born 10.08.1989), presented in my post from 17.11.2010 and Emmanuel Osei Banahene (born 16.08.1988) were all included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010. This was also the case for left-back Alfred Arthur (born 25.12.1986), midfielder Yaw Alexander (born 06.01.1987) and perhaps form-player number one this season, playmaker Mohammed Abdul Basit (born 19.01.1986). Basit, formerly of Great Olympics and Heart of Lions FC, has simply been a revelation.

* According to several reports, striker Emmanuel Osei Banahene was on his way to Hearts of Oak SC a few weeks ago. However,  the deal has apparently stranded.

* Goalkeeper Ernest Sowah (born 31.03.1988) and talented left-winger Frank Acheampong were both considered for the squad but failed to make the final list.

* Some of the unsung heroes this seasons has been Edward Kpodo (central defender) and Eric Agyemang (right-back, born 01.05.1989).

EBUSUA DWARFS

List of scorers after Round 15:

Bismark Asiedu 6, Seidu Bansi 3, Mustapha Douglas 2, Francis Gyepi 1, Michael Amissah Insaidoo 1, Amoah Mensah 1,

Observations:

* Central defender Rashid Sumaila was the only Dwarfs-player considered for the CHAN-tournament, but failed to reach the final cut. He is apparently born in 1992 and has also been part of Ghana U-20 during 2010.

* The captain and playmaker Bismark Asiedu (born 17.09.1984) has been a revelation and striker Seidu Bansi (born 15.05.1990), who was scoring for fun for New Edubiase United FC in 2009-2010, has finally found his scoring form with 3 goals in the last 8 matches.

* Goalkeeper Foli Adade (born 10.12.1992) must be one of the best young goalkeepers in the country.


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