Posted by: westafricanfootball | 08/01/2011

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

HEART OF LIONS FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Gilbert Fiamenyoh 2, Daniel Acquaye 1, Godfred Asante 1, Sheriff Danladi 1, Koffi Sena Fiabo 1, Edmond Owusu-Ansah 1.

Observations: 

* Gilbert Fiamenyoh (born 06.07.1992), the burly and highly talented striker of Lions, was included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010. There has been a lot of transfer speculation surrounding Fiamenyoh during the season, which perhaps explains his low goal productivity. Fiamenyoh desperately needs more support upfront and so far Togolese striker Koffi Sena Fiabo does not seem to be the solution to this problem.

* Gladson Awako (born 31.12.1990), the central midfielder of Ghana U-20 fame, was also considered for the CHAN-squad but failed to make the final cut.

* I personally think goalkeeper Joseph Addo (born 02.11.1990) should have been considered. Lions have conceded only 6 goals during the first 15 matches and first-choice goalkeeper Addo has received some rave reviews. Addo was part of Ghana U-20 during 2008. The versatile midfielder Bright Nsiah (born 19.10.1988), a free kick specialist, is also considered to be good enough for CHAN by many followers of Ghanaian football.

HEARTS OF OAK SC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Douglas Nkrumah 4, Edwin Osei Pele 3, Uriah Asante 2, John Antwi 1.

Observations:

* Sammy Adjei (born 01.09.1980), arguably the best goalkeeper in Ghana and hard-working attacking midfielder Obed Ansah (born 02.11.1986), were both included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010. Sammy Adjei has been ever present this season. Ansah, the top goalscorer of Hearts of Oak in 2008-2009, has not yet scored this season but is nevertheless their most important midfielder. His contract is near expiry and Asante Kotoko FC are apparently interested in signing the mercurial midfielder.

* Central defender Karim Alhassan (born 30.04.1991), fast striker Edwin Osei Pele (born 17.08.1988) and winger Abdul Bashiru (born 17.04.1992) were all considered but did not make the final squad. The exclusion of Alhassan could be a result of a transfer to Polish outfit Wisla Krakow a few weeks ago. The transfer is not yet confirmed. Alhassan, arguably one of the most talented teenage defenders in Ghanaian football, has been linked to several top clubs in Europe and I guess some Ghanaian supporters are a little disappointed with the club choice. I have seen Abdul Bashiru several times this season and although he has not quite performed at top level, he is obviously a diamond in the rough. Skillful as they come and a good dribbler, Bashiru is a tricky winger who can play at both sides of the attack. Edwin Osei Pele, the most hyped player in Ghanaian football before the season, has failed to deliver so far. I am pretty sure Hearts of Oak will bring one or two quality attackers to the club during January.

* Right-back Akwasi Bobie Ansah (born 14.12.1986) has been a bright spot this season and has made the right-back position his own. A tough defender who is a very consistent performer.

* Hearts of Oak are boosted by the return of strikers Eric Gawu (born 10.11.1982) and Mahatma Osumanu Otoo (born 06.02.1992). Otoo scored 10 goals for Hearts in 2009-2010 and joined Tunisian powerhouse Espérance Sportive de Tunis. As far as I know, he has struggled to get playing time – which he desperately need if he shall be included in the Ghana U-20 squad for the Orange African Youth Championship in Libya in March 2011. Gawu is an experienced support striker.

* Hearts of Oak SC have signed a player called Osman Kamil, a Ghanaian midfielder who has been living in Denmark for a couple of years. In 2008, Kamil was a trialist at Danish top club Odense BK. In February 2009, he joined the youth team of Vejle BK, a Danish second division side. He was 20 years at the time and most likely born in 1988. Kamil did not play a single match for the first team, although he sat on the bench on some occasions. In early 2010 he was a trialist at Danish club SønderjyskE. Apparently, Kamil was part of a Soccer Academy in Ghana called Biriwa. In Denmark, Kamil was described as a skillful attacking midfielder.

* According to Ghanaweb, Hearts of Oak have registered 15 new players for the second round of the GLO Premier League 2010-2011. Some of the names mentioned are Awudu Alhassan, Emmanuel Laryea, Alhassan Shamsu, Eli Kuegbe, Isaac Acheampong, Isaac Owusu Ansah, Solomon Mensah and Clement Nii Ashitey.  None of these players can be categorized as established Premier League-players.

* Tawrick Jibril, the 19 year old attacking midfielder, has apparently signed a contract with Turkish side Bucaspor.

KESSBEN FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Hans Coffie 5, James Boadu 4, Emmanuel Dogbe 2, Richard Mpong 2, Joseph Hendricks 1.

Observations: 

* Kessben FC have apparently signed playmaker Daniel Larbi Coomson (born 22.09.1989) from BA Stars FC. A major signing who should fit in well at Kessben. Coomson was included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010 together with left-back Seth Owusu, a highly gifted player with a similar style of play as Nigerian Taye Taiwo, and top goalscorer Hans Coffie. Owusu was included in a list of “Ghana Best XI players for 2010”, named by Isaac Opeele Boateng on behalf of Ghanasoccernet. Coffie was highly regarded back in 2008 when he was part of Ghana U-20 and playing regularly for Heart of Lions FC. After a few years of struggle he is now back in top form and has arguably been the best player of Kessben FC so far this season.

* Several Kessben FC players was considered for the CHAN squad but were not chosen. These include goalkeeper Mozart Adjetey, towering central defender Kwabena Eric Adusei (born 03.06.1986), versatile and hard working midfielder Issah Salihu and petit winger Richard Mpong (born 04.07.1990).

* A player that has caught my attention is Emmanuel Dogbe who has scored goals in the two last matches. I am currently trying to find out more about this player.

* Kessben FC will apparently be known as FC Medeamaa in the second part of the 2010-2011 GLO Premier League. 

KING FAISAL BABES

List of scorers after Round 15:

Abdul Wahab 6, Daniel Addo 1, George Ekow Annan 1, Prince Arkoh 1, Bernard Coffie 1, Mohammed Farouk 1, Awudu Nafiu 1, Micky Ofosu 1. 

Observations:

*The impressive center back Awudu Nafiu (born 02.12.1988) was the only Faisal-player included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010. I have seen Nafiu twice this season and he must be one of the top three central defenders in the GLO Premier League. He never seems to put his foot wrong and is strong, hard-tackling and a true leader on the pitch.

* Ever-green left-winger Micky Ofosu (born 15.09.1984) is having one of his best seasons and was considered for the CHAN squad without being included. It is a surprise that top goalscorer Abdul Wahab (born 30.07.1989) was ignored and not even included in preliminary squads.

* According to unconfirmed reports, Enoch Ebo Andoh, the highly regarded winger who is an important member of Ghana U-20, has joined league leaders Berekum Chelsea. It is no secret that Andoh has been unhappy at Faisal and has been looking for a bigger club. Andoh was considered for CHAN but was not chosen.

LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Morou Zakari 5, Naby Capi Soumah 2, Ghandi Kassenu 1, Kevin Kouakou Kouadio 1, Atta Kusi 1, Bright Lukeman 1, Mawuli Tuglo 1.

Observations: 

* No player of Liberty Professionals FC made the Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010.

Talented left-back Francis Morton (born 05.11.1992), presented in my post from 26.10.2010, young enterprising midfielder Issah Yakubu and talented goalkeeper James Akwasi Acheampong (born 30.11.1991) were all considered.

* Liberty Pros has brought back experienced defender James Dissiramah (born 13.09.1983) to the club. Dissiramah played for Liberty in 2006-2007 before joining Indian outfit Mumbai FC. Dissiramah is primarily a central defender but will struggle to split the impressive defensive pair of Ofoe Ofotsu (born 20.12.1989) and Michael Annan (born 12.10.1985).

* Other new signings include the talented Emmanuel Osei from Wa All Stars FC, an attacker who was a regular member of Ghana U-17 during 2008 and 2009, and Reginald Asante, a much-travelled attacker formerly of Bechem United FC. Asante was a trialist at Polish club GKS Belchatow in 2007 and apparently had a stint at Vietnamese club Quan khu 4 in 2009.

MIGHTY JETS FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

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

Observations: 

* It has mostly been about Aaron Amoah (born 07.07.1993) this season. Amoah was presented in my post from 16.10.2010 and I predict that he will be sold to Europe as soon as he turns 18. Amoah was the only Mighty Jets player considered for the CHAN-squad. He was surprisingly not included in the final preliminary squad.

* Top striker Kofi Owusu is also a player to consider for scouts. Although his goal scoring record is not too impressive, he is a strong and lively striker. Owusu has actually been playing for Ghana U-20 in late 2010 although he is born 07.04.1990 according to my sources.

NEW EDUBIASE UNITED FC

List of scorers after Round 15: 

Stephen Manu 6, Fuseini Nuhu 6, Emmanuel Baffour 2, Abubakari Mumuni 1.

Observations: 

* Stephen Manu (born 21.01.1985) and Fuseini Nuhu, presented in my post from 14.11.2010, perhaps the most dangerous striking duo in the GLO Premier League, were both included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010. According to several reports, Manu is on the radar of South African side Jomo Cosmos. If Edubiase manages to hold on to the strikers, they will be a contender for medals this season.

* Baba Gullit (born 23.09.1987), the playmaker who has been providing Manu and Nuhu with genius passes all season, was also considered for CHAN but was not included in the final preliminary squad.

* Left-back Ibrahim Moro (born 31.12.1989) was actually included in a list of “Ghana Best XI players for 2010”, named by Isaac Opeele Boateng on behalf of Ghanasoccernet. Other players on the list was Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan. Although somewhat surprising, this clearly shows the progress he has made. I have seen Moro once and he impressed with his hard work and attacking style of play from the left-back. Moro can also operate in central midfield.

REAL TAMALE UNITED FC

List of scorers after Round 15:

Toufik Alolo 2, Hassan Mohammed 2, Richard Annan 1, Benjamin Boateng 1, Richard Yeboah 1. 

Observations:

* A player called Seidu Sida / Siedu Sida was included in a preliminary squad for CHAN. This is an unknown player to me. According to some sources, experienced central defender Hannan Giwah was included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad but according to Ghana Football Association, this was not the case.

* The biggest talking point for fans of RTU is the signing of Shilla Alhassan Illiasu (born 26.10.1982). The central defender was impressive in the 2006 World Cup and signed for Russian outfit FC Saturn after the tournament. Due to a serious injury he has not played for over two years and he now looks to re-launch his career at his hometown club. Apparently, Illiasu had offers from top clubs Asante Kotoko FC and Hearts of Oak SC. His older brother Shilla Alhassan, a striker signed from second level club Guan United FC. Alhassan played for Real Tamale United FC in 2007-2008.

* According to fresh reports, experienced central defender Daniel Coleman (born 01.10.1984) has left the club.


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