Posted by: westafricanfootball | 09/01/2011

EBUSUA DWARFS vs LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS

EBUSUA DWARFS 1-1 LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS FC

Earlier today I had the pleasure of watching the match between Ebusua Dwarfs and Liberty Professionals FC in the GLO Premier League 2010-2011. The match ended 1-1 and the quality was not good but the second half was entertaining and several chances were produced. Dwarfs took the lead thanks to a powerful header from top goalscorer Bismark Asiedu. Michael Insaidoo was the man behind the assist, a perfect cross from the right-wing. Liberty Professionals equalized through Isaac Donkor who beat goalkeeper Foli Adade with a diving header. 

It was interesting to finally see goalkeeper Foli Adade (born 10.12.1992) in action. The Ghana U-20 international goalkeeper is not the tallest, but powerfully built. Adade was a bit shaky on a couple occasions but mostly gave a rock-solid impression. He also had a match-winning save a few minutes from time when James Kwame Abban was alone on goal. Adade showed calmness with the ball in his feet and had some extremely powerful goal kicks and clearances.

Adade had central defenders Rashid Sumaila and Stephen Aidoo (born 22.10.1986) in front of him. Sumaila is considered to be one of the most talented central defenders in Ghana and is a regular member of Ghana U-20. A hard-tackling player with great aerial power. Aidoo, the former captain of Eleven Wise FC, is a tough defender with a commanding physical presence. Perhaps not the fastest, he compensates with smartness. He showed a great right-foot and was always willing to join the attack. Abdul Razak played at left-back. Razak was an important member of the side that won promotion last season but had a rather quiet game today. The right-back was a player called Saliu Yakubu, who is an unknown player to me. He shares the name and the position with Berekum Arsenal-strongman Saliu Yakubu but I don’t know if this is the same player. I would be surprised if it is.

The central midfielders were Michael Amissah Insaidoo (born 11.08.1987) and Richard Nyanful (born 01.02.1988). Insaidoo was in my opinion one of the star players of the match. A strong, fast and tricky midfielder with a great right-foot, he sometimes seemed to play at right-wing. It was one of his precise crosses that lead to Asiedu’s goal in the second half. Nyanful obviously had more defensive responsibilities and did not stand out in this match. Edward Adjaglo (born 11.12.1993) started the match at right-wing but seemed to switch roles with Insaidoo from time to time. The former Hearts of Oak-talent was behing several set-pieces and created a few problems for Liberty Pros left-back Francis Morton. George Appiah (born 13.08.1989) played at left-wing and was also one of the top performers of the match. He is a very attacking-minded player, very skillful, hard-working and looked dangerous throughout the match. Appiah, a former Ghana U-20 international, was formerly with Liberty Professionals FC and AshantiGold SC.

I had looked forward to see the top goalscorer and captain Bismark Asiedu (born 17.09.1984) and he did not disappoint.  A strong and powerful attacking midfielder who arguably is the most important player for Dwarfs as his teammates always seemed to be looking for Asiedu. Asiedu is an intelligent player with great control of the ball. He used his strength to shield the ball and created space for the other attackers. His goal was a beautiful header.

Seidu Bansi (born 15.05.1990) was the lone striker but unfortunately had a rather poor game as he wasted several chances. On the positive note, Bansi is obviously a very hard-working player who I think will score more goals this season. Bansi reached double figures for New Edubiase United FC in 2009-2010 but has struggled to live up to the expectations this season.

Dwarfs used three substitutes, the first one being Aminu Mohammed, a burly central defender / defensive midfielder. Legendary Emmanuel Osei Kuffour (born 06.04.1976), known as the General, is obviously in the fall of his career and questions could be raised about his fitness. Nevertheless he immediately made an impact and he caused havoc in the Liberty defence with his physical presence. Kuffour has more than 30 full international matches for Ghana, the last one being in 2002. He has played professionally in Libya and has been banging in goals for both Hearts of Oak SC and Asante Kotoko FC, the two top clubs in Ghana. The last substitute was creative winger Kwame Asimeng Frimpong (born 15.03.1992), formerly of New Edubiase United FC and Ghana U-17.

Liberty Professionals FC fielded experienced goalkeeper Osei Boateng (born 19.05.1981), formerly of King Faisal Babes and Asante Kotoko FC. Boateng had a rather poor game and looked shaky every time he had to leave his line. However, he had a beautiful match-winning save few minutes from full time. Apparently, the highly talented goalkeeper Daniel Agyei (born 10.11.1989) played for the Liberty reserves this weekend. Although Agyei has had a difficult season I would personally make him the first choice goalkeeper immediately. Agyei was one of the heroes when Ghana U-20 won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009. 

Francis Morton (born 05.11.1992), that I presented in my post from 26.10.2010, had a good game at left-back. He is an attacking-minded player with great crosses and some dangerous corner kicks and set-pieces. Hard-working, strong and very fast, Morton is obviously a player for the future. The right-back was a player called Eric Owusu Ansah who made a promising debut for Liberty Professionals FC. Especially the second half was rather impressive. He played very aggressively and made some valuable attacking contributions. I think Owusu Ansah is a former player of Windy Professionals FC but this is not confirmed yet.

The central defenders were Michael Annan (born 12.10.1985), who is having a very good season, and new signing Alfred Nelson. As far as I know, Nelson is the same player that was included in the official Ghana B preliminary CHAN squad on 31.12.2010. Nelson comes from an academy called UniStar Soccer Academy. I was impressed with his debut as he had good control on the dangerous Seidu Bansi. He also made some crucial interventions and looked solid as a rock.

Liberty’s midfielders were Christopher Nkansah (born 01.01.1990), James Kotey, Isaac Donkor (born 16.11.1991) and Issah Yakubu. I was particularly impressed with the latter. Yakubu is a hard-working midfielder with intelligent passes. Nkansah had a rather quiet game but he has apparently been very good this season. James Kotey is a completely unknown player to me and he did not catch my eye during the match. He seemed to be playing a bit to the left of the midfield. Isaac Donkor was hard-working as always and was mostly found on the right-side of midfield. Donkor, a regular member of Ghana U-20 during 2008 and 2009, scored his first goal of the season.

The attacking pair of Liberty Professionals FC were both new signings from Wa All Stars FC, James Kwame Abban (born 31.07.1988) and Emmanuel Osei. Emmanuel Osei, the former Ghana U-17 international, had a quiet debut and looked a bit out of form. However, his potential can not be denied. Abban, who wrongfully was called “James Armah” according to several articles during the Christmas, can prove to be a smart signing. The lanky and speedy striker caused a lot of trouble for Sumaila and Aidoo. Not always effective or elegant but always a handful for the Liberty-defenders. He should have scored at least a couple of goals but was stopped by poor finishing or the agile Foli Adade. The top goalscorer for Great Olympics Accra in 2009-2010 scored only once for Wa All Stars before joining Liberty Professionals a few weeks ago.

Liberty used three substitutes, the first one being Ivorian striker Kevin Kouakou Kouadio. Kouadio’s presence was one of the reasons why Liberty managed to get themselves into the match again. He looked sharp and should perhaps have started the match instead of Osei. Midfielder Awudu Abubakar made his debut for Liberty Professionals. I think this is the same player that played for King Faisal Babes in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 but this has to be confirmed. The last substitute was defender Daniel Gyamfi (born 28.09.1984) who played only a few minutes.


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