Posted by: westafricanfootball | 06/03/2011

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE GLO PREMIER LEAGUE 2010-2011

* Aduana Stars FC was knocked out of the Orange CAF Champions League after losing to WAC Casablanca from Morocco. CAF published the squad list before the qualifying matches, which was interesting reading. A couple of players at the list are unknown players to me: Nasiru Ali, Issah Clottey, Joseph Dabitora, Moses Boye, Daniel Gozar, Isaac Anderson, Abubakar Nassam, Nana Yaw Agyei and Ricky Agyei-Mensah. Isaac Anderson is most likely the former Asante Kotoko FC right-back.

Missing from the list are striker Richard Addai (born 27.07.1986), who is currently suspended, apparently for beating the assistant coach of the club, attacker Emmanuel Allan (born 09.06.1986), midfielder Ashmond Asamoah and striker Joseph Doe (born 16.07.1986). Daniel Kofi Bonsu (born 28.08.1991) has joined Heart of Lions FC.

* Stephen Adams, the goalkeeper of Aduana Stars FC, was part of the Ghana B national football team that had a horrible CHAN tournament in Sudan. I have previously written that Adams is born 28.09.1984 but according to the official squad list of Ghana B for the tournament, Adams is born 28.09.1989. The date of birth 28.09.1984 was taken from an agent’s website that was deleted a few years ago. At that time, Adams was playing for Real Sportive Tema. Independent sources confirm that Stephen Adams of Aduana Stars FC is the former goalkeeper of Real Sportive Tema, and it is not difficult to document that a “Stephen Adams” was in goal for Real Sportive Tema as early as 10.06.2004. If 28.09.1989 is the correct date of birth, Adams would have been 14 years old at the time, which I personally find very hard to believe.

* Wa All Stars FC have apparently signed the experienced center forward Alhassan Weah, formerly of Real Tamale United FC.

* It can sometimes be very confusing to follow Ghanaian football. Asante Kotoko FC recently published an interview with Fatau Mohammed, their new midfielder signed from Wa All Stars FC in January 2011. The interview can be read here:

http://www.asantekotokofc.org/Newreel/2011/000211/fatawu_interview.htm

According to this report, Mohammed is born 25.04.1990, and has played for Real Tamale United FC and Catholic Stars FC. I have previously called this player Fatau Owen Mohammed (he is also known as Fatawu Mohammed) and written that his date of birth is 10.05.1982. This date of birth is taken from a document I have gotten from contacts, which I believe is the official list of player registrations from the Ghana Football Association before the 2009-2010 season. This document confirms that Mohammed was signed by Wa All Stars FC from Real Tamale United FC. It is not difficult to document that Fatau Owen Mohammed played for Real Tamale United FC between 2005 and 2009-2010. It is also a fact that a player called “Fatawu Mohammed” played for Catholic Stars FC in August 2004.

* It is impossible to write about Ghanaian football without making mistakes. I have previously called Mohammed Sabato, the versatile defender signed by Asante Kotoko FC from Wa All Stars FC, “Mohammed Yahaya Sabato”. I have also written that Sabato once played for Real Tamale United FC.

This is unfortunately not correct. “Mohammed Sabato” and “Yahaya Sabato” are actually two different players. Yahaya Sabato is a central defender, formerly of Real Tamale United FC and currently playing for Mighty Jets FC. Mohammed Sabato of Asante Kotoko FC played for Wa All Stars FC between 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 and played for Nania FC in 2007. Sabato was part of the Ghana B national football team for the CHAN-tournament and his date of birth was reported to be 24.12.1989 at the official squad-list, which I believe can be true, based on his career.

An interview of Sabato can be read here:

http://www.asantekotokofc.org/Newreel/2011/000111/sabato_interview.htm

* Asante Kotoko FC playmaker Jordan Opoku (born 08.10.1984) has joined Albanian side Dinamo Tirana and is already established at the club, playing 5 matches at the time of writing.

* Alhaji Sani, the exciting midfielder at AshantiGold SC, is in top form at the moment. Sani was praised as the new Michael Essien back in 2006 and is described as a very intelligent midfielder who always knows where to distribute the ball. The date of birth of Sani is unknown to me, but he was part of the Ghana U-20 national football team in 2007, which makes 1988 or 1989 probable birth years.

* It can now be confirmed that the very lively and attacking minded right-back Henri Traoré of AshantiGold SC is from Burkina Faso.

* At the official Ghana-squad list for the CHAN tournament in Sudan, I was very surprised to read the following date of birth of three Berekum Chelsea-players:

Mohammed Abdul Basit – 10.12.1990

Yaw Alexander – 21.02.1991

Obed Owusu – 16.04.1989

I have previously written that Basit is born 19.01.1986, that Alexander is born 06.01.1987 and that Owusu is born 16.04.1985. All date of births are taken from official player registration documents published on www.ghanafa.org before the 2008-2009 season.

It is difficult to track Basit’s career but I know that he joined Great Olympics from Heart of Lions FC in the middle of the 2007-2008 season.

Yaw Alexander played for Tano Bofoakwa in 2006-2007 and Brong Ahafo United FC in 2005-2006.

I find it really hard to believe that he is born in 1991. Alexander was also training with the Ghana U-23 national football team during 2006.

Obed Owusu played for Okwawu United FC during the 2004 season.

* Medeama SC, formerly known as Kessben FC, have made some good signings during January 2011 and now have one of the sharpest attacking-duo in Ghana, consisting of Louis Agyemang (born 04.04.1983, signed from Asante Kotoko FC) and Kabiru Imoro (born 05.06.1985, signed from Asante Kotoko FC). Agyemang has scored three goals during the five games played in 2011, while Imoro has scored two.

* Medeama SC has apparently signed Bilal Mohammed (born 25.11.1990), the attacking midfielder who was one of few bright spots for Great Olympics during the 2009-2010 season.


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