Posted by: westafricanfootball | 13/01/2011


Real Tamale United FC took three crucial points in their encounter with hard-fighting King Faisal earlier today. Faisal-attacker Asuandzie Baffoe was sent off early in the first half, which obviously affected the match. It was nevertheless Faisal that took the lead when top goalscorer Abdul Wahab yet again showed his amazing ability to be at the right place at the right time. RTU equalized through a penalty converted by captain Toufik Alolo and in-form striker Sumaila Nyanya became the hero with the match-winning goal halfway in the second half.

John Adjetey was back in goal for RTU. The experienced goalkeeper, formerly of Great Olympics and Real Sportive from Tema, struggled with crosses and did not give a very good impression in this match – although RTU was not punished for any of the mistakes. Adjetey is first choice goalkeeper for RTU but Mohammed Opash is a fierce competitor and has played several matches during the last few weeks. A player called Ibrahim Moro made a very good impression at left-back. I am not able to confirm that this is the same Ibrahim Moro (born 31.12.1989) that played for New Edubiase United FC in the first part of the season but I suspect that it is as they both are attacking left-backs and share many of the same qualities. If this is actually the same player it must be considered as a major signing for RTU as Ibrahim Moro is / was arguably one of the best players at Edubiase. Moro was actually included in a list of “Ghana Best XI players for 2010”, named by Isaac Opeele Boateng on behalf of Ghanasoccernet. Boateng has coached several Ghanaian clubs, including Asante Kotoko FC.

Perhaps even more impressive was the right-back of RTU, Owusu Bempah. I am pretty sure that this is Joseph Owusu Bempah (born 05.05.1990), formerly of New Edubiase United FC and a member of Ghana U-17 during 2008. Bempah got rave reviews last weekend when he was part of the RTU-side that beat Hearts of Oak SC in Accra and he is obviously in top form. A modern-style right-back that is always willing to join the attack. Skillful, fast and hard-working. It was actually Bempah’s long throw that lead to the winning goal. The central defenders of RTU were the experienced strongman Hannan Giwah, formerly of Asante Kotoko FC. Giwah is usually a tower of strength in central defense but today the communication with his partner Seidu Junior Fatau or goalkeeper Adjetey was not very impressive. Atia Sumaila (born 20.06.1985) is a strong central midfielder, usually more attacking than he showed today. He had several attempts at goal and fought hard but did not have the best of matches. According to the commentators the Man of the Match was Sumaila’s partner, the youthful Iddrisu Moro. Moro was signed from Wa All Stars FC before 2009-2010 and was member of Ghana U-17 during 2009. Today he was commanding in central midfield with brilliant, intelligent passes, strong tackles and creativity. He was always looking for a way to pierce through the Faisal-defence.

Benjamin Boateng (born 03.06.1991), the former Hearts of Oak-talent started the match at the right-wing but was injured early on and replaced by the petit Jonathan Ghansah (born 01.05.1988). Ghansah, formerly of Eleven Wise FC and Venomous Vipers FC, is a pacy right-winger who created a lot of problems for the Faisal-defense. Perhaps the shortest player on the field, he nevertheless matched the Faisal-defenders in aerial battles at several occasions. Richard Yeboah (born 26.09.1984) did well at left-wing and eventually got an assist to the goal scored by Nyanya. Yeboah joined RTU in 2009-2010 and is a versatile midfielder with pace as one of his forces. Toufik Alolo (born 01.10.1982), the RTU-captain, was described as the “heart and soul” of his side. The experienced striker is a real handful for any defense and obviously played in some sort of free role behind target man Sumaila Nyanya. At times it was difficult to see that Alolo is an attacker as he was basically all over the place. This hard-working player will be crucial for RTU in the battle against relegation. Striker Sumaila Nyanya has scored matchwinning goals in two consecutive matches. Nyanya is a strong center forward, formerly of AshantiGold SC. He had a rather quiet game today but showed that he is a fox in the box when he gave RTU all points through a diving header.

Ibrahim Iddrisu was once again the man in goal for King Faisal Babes. Yet again I am impressed with his confident goalkeeping although he did not see much action today. Iddrisu is a bit underestimated from my point of view. Kwadwo Boateng played at left-back as usual and showed his powerful shot and precise crosses and dead balls at several occasions. Boateng is very important for the attacking play of Faisal and is arguably one of their best players. Samuel Adade (born 08.08.1991) has now established himself at right-back. Today he focused on his defensive duties and he did as always a good job. The central defenders Awudu Nafiu (born 02.12.1988) and Ransford Kwakye did their best to keep the RTU-attackers at bay. Nafiu is a key player for Faisal and is part of Ghana B for the 2011 CHAN-tournament. There are rumors that European clubs have finally discovered this towering defender and I strongly doubt he will play for Faisal in 2011-2012. If Nafiu is sold I expect Ransford Kwakye to step up his game as he obviously has potential to be a top central defender in the GLO Premier League. Although Mohammed Farouk and Frank Nyarko (born 09.01.1987) both are hard-working central midfielders I personally think Faisal lacked creativity in the middle of the park. Left-winger Micky Ofosu (born 15.09.1984) does not lack creativity but today he had to focus on defensive duties instead of the dribbles we are used to from the brilliant winger. Ofosu was replaced by Emmanuel Odoi (born 25.12.1991), a strong center forward. Bernard Coffie (born 03.06.1991) was the right-winger for the evening and worked hard before he was substituted for George Ekow Annan.

Asuandzie Baffoe, a new signing from FC Nania, was sent off early in the first half. This was disappointing to me as I had been looking forward to see the man who scored two goals in his full debut in the weekend against FC Medeamaa. Nevertheless I was able to notice that he is a very speedy attacker, mostly operating on the right. I expect him to form a strong partnership with star striker Abdul Wahab (born 30.07.1989) who had a difficult job after the exclusion of Baffoe. Wahab scored his seventh goal of the season and showed what a disciplined, hard-running and mobile striker he is.


  1. I can get you all that papers sir,I am working with players from Ghana,Cameroon and Nigeria as players consultant,thanks to you web page also,some players wil get a chance to play in Europe I hope allready this winter

  2. Dear Marko,

    I could have made a mistake here. I have previously written that the current New Edubiase-player is the same Ibrahim Moro that played for Kessben FC. However, it is a fact that a “Ibrahim Moro” of Kessben FC was listed with the birthdate 31.12.1989 on the former webpage of Kessben FC. I have a copy of this webpage confirming this. I will try to get to the bottom of this. Best regards, Øivind Henrik

  3. Ibrahim Moro is born 20th February, 1992
    his playing career:
    2009 – 2011: Real Tamale United
    2006 – 2009: Kessben FC
    2004 – 2006: Corners Babies
    2002 – 2004: Ashanti Police Babies
    His contract expired in november 2011 and he is not yet to sign new one.
    He is 1,65 cm,62 kg can play with both legs
    Natural position left full back,in career played also on midfielder left
    Was in Ghana U-17 and Ghana U-20

  4. Hello, Sir! I agree with you, Asuandzie Baffoe seems to be a very exciting prospect. I have only seen him once and we was sent off after few minutes but managed to impress me with his speed and attacking abilities.

    Best regards, Øivind Henrik

  5. hi writer i am really impressed about the new signing of king faisal (Asuandzie Baffoe),i watched the game in kumasi and i think he will be a star.

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