Posted by: westafricanfootball | 07/09/2011

BEREKUM ARSENAL FC – 2010-2011 SEASON REVIEW

In this post, I will make a statistical presentation of the players of Berekum Arsenal FC. I will only present a player when I can document (or substantiate) that the player has featured for the club during the GLO Premier League 2010-2011.

Berekum Arsenal FC became number ten in the GLO Premier League 2010-2011. Personally, I have always thought of Berekum Arsenal FC as a well-run club, able to produce exciting talents but who often kick-starts the careers of more established players.

Berekum Arsenal FC is based in Berekum, located in the Brong-Ahafo Region in mid-western Ghana. Last season, Berekum Arsenal FC played some matches in the old away-shirt of Arsenal FC, which were criticized by some local football experts.

The players are presented in alphabetical order. Please note that the opinions are merely subjective and that the statistical information could include some errors. All birthdates can be documented by references to reliable sources.

The picture shows players of the club and is taken from xfmnewscenter.com.

AKWASI ACHEAMPONG

DOB: 26.03.1991

Position: Central defender / right-back

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* I was impressed by centre-back Acheampong when I saw him play during the season. The date of birth is taken from this Youtube-video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuXVV0LPzGY

Acheampong is described as an “energetic centre-back with amazing work rate”.

SHAIBU ADAMS

DOB: 10.07.1987

Position: Midfielder

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 1

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Adams is an unknown player to me. He is apparently a former player of West Ham United FC and Hikari FC, both amateur clubs in Ghana.

ANTHONY ADARKWA

DOB: 15.08.1989

Position: Attacking midfielder / striker

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2005                      Nungua United FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Adarkwa was part of the Ghana U-17 national football team during the 2005 FIFA World Cup in Peru. Adarkwa made only one substitute appearance. He has yet to break through at top level of Ghanaian league football.

FRANCIS AGGREY

DOB: Unknown

Position: Striker

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 1

Career:

2000                       Power FC Koforidua(Ghana)

2001                        Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2002                        Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2003                        Asante Kotoko FC(Ghana)

2004                        Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2005-2006           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2006-2007           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2007-2008           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2008-2009           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* The burly striker, kindly referred to as “Mboma”, is perhaps at the peak of his career, but the huge forward is nevertheless a true legend at Berekum Arsenal FC. Aggrey was Arsenal’s top goalscorer in 2009-2010 and he has basically been their star striker for many seasons.

KOFI AGYARE

DOB: 19.02.1982

Position: Central defender

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2008-2009           Kessben FC(Ghana)

2009-2010           AshantiGold SC(Ghana)

2010-2011            Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Agyare, a giant centre-back, apparently 198 centimeters, was part of the Ghana B national football team in 2008.

* According to Ghanasoccernet, Agyare will play for Hearts of Oak SC in 2011-2012.

HAMIDU ALHASSAN

DOB: 24.10.1983

Position: Unknown

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2008-2009           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011            Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Alhassan is an unknown player to me.

STEPHEN AMANKWAH

DOB: 16.05.1983

Position: Defender

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but a key member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 5

Career:

2005-2006           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2007-2008           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011            Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Amankwah is an important veteran player, usually found in defence. He is at the same time an attacking force and he often takes the penalties for his club.

PETER AMOAH

DOB: Unknown

Position: Central defender

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011            Asante Kotoko FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* After an impressive 2009-2010 season, Amoah joined top club Asante Kotoko FC before the 2010-2011 season. Amoah failed to break through at Kotoko and as far as I know, he never featured for them in the league. Amoah was transfer listed by Kotoko in November 2010 and returned to Berekum Arsenal FC.

DAVID ANARS

DOB: 11.06.1984

Position: Striker

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2003                        Police(Malaysia)

2004                        Police(Malaysia)

2007-2008           Hasaacas FC(Ghana)

2008-2009           Hearts of Oak SC(Ghana)

2008-2009           Hasaacas FC(Ghana)

2009-2010           Hasaacas FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Anars became a household name in Ghanaian football after a brilliant second part of the 2007-2008 season for Hasaacas FC, scoring 13 league goals during the 13 last matches of the season. Anars joined Hearts of Oak SC for the 2008-2009 season and has not found his scoring form ever since. As far as I know, Anars was a rather peripheral player for Berekum Arsenal FC during 2010-2011 and in April 2011, Ghanasoccernet reported that Anars was suspended on disciplinary grounds.

THOMAS TUAH ASARE

DOB: 17.03.1984

Position: Goalkeeper

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2006-2007           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2007-2008           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2008-2009           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Asare is an experienced goalkeeper who has been very consistent for the last couple of seasons. Asare is known for his good reflexes and is a very reliable goalkeeper.

ERIC ASIEDU

DOB: Unknown

Position: Attacker

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2007-2008           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2007-2008           Tema Youth FC (Ghana)

2008-2009           Berekum Arsenal FC (Ghana)

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Experienced attacker who rarely gets the headlines despite valuable efforts for his team.

MOHAMMED BASHA

DOB: 13.01.1988

Position: Left-back

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* A rather unknown left-back who I have impressed me during the season. A hard-working and disciplined player.

OSEI BERKO

DOB: 13.02.1989

Position: Central defender / right-back

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2008-2009           Sporting Mirren FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* The confident right-back or central defender is a quality defender. According to my sources, Berko is 185 centimeters and 85 kilos. He is a former player of Zaytuna FC.

*According to Ghanaweb, the burly defender will play for Medeama SC in 2011-2012.

RICHARD OSEI BONSU

DOB: 18.07.1990

Position: Attacking midfielder / right-winger

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but a key member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Bonsu, a creative and hard-working midfielder, is arguably one of the best players at Arsenal. He is a former player of Royal Knights FC and is apparently 180 centimeters and 60 kg. Bonsu is very comfortable on the ball and has been part of the Ghana B national football team during the season.

* According to Ghanasoccernet, Hearts of Oak SC has “secured the first right to buy… Richard [Osei] Bonsu who is currently on trials with an unnamed Egyptian club”.

ISHMAEL FRIDOS

DOB: Unknown

Position: Attacker

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 1

Career:

2002                      Brong Ahafo United FC(Ghana)

2004                        Brong Ahafo United FC(Ghana)

2007-2008           Wa All Stars FC(Ghana)

2010-2011            Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Experienced, but rather unknown, attacker.

PRINCE GYAMFI

DOB: Unknown

Position: Defender

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* According to Daily Guide, Gyamfi is an intelligent, disciplined and robust defender with good ball control. He has apparently struggled with injuries during the season. Personally, I have no information about this player, who is also known as “Prince Kwadwo Gyamfi” or “Prince Kwaku Gyamfi”. Apparently, Gyamfi can also play as a midfielder.

ABU ISSAH

DOB: 11.07.1989

Position: Defensive midfielder

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Hard-working defensive midfielder who I was impressed with when I saw him play earlier this season.

EMMANUEL OSEI KUFFOUR

DOB: 01.07.1992

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown.

League goals in 2010-2011: 1

Career:

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* I believe this talented youngster is a midfielder. He is apparently a former player of Berekum Chelsea FC and Ebony International FC.

ERNEST OBENG

DOB: 24.01.1992

Position: Attacker

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Highly regarded attacker who needs to score more goals.

BENNETT OFORI

DOB: 10.03.1989

Position: Left-winger / attacking midfielder

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but a key member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 3

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Tall, hard-working left-winger who is very important in the offensive play of Arsenal. From my point of view, Ofori one of the most interesting players at the club.

* A video of the player can be watched here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MyRdkUdZ0E

* There seem to be some confusion regarding the age of Ofori. The birthdate 10.03.1989 is taken from the Ghana Football Association but most other sources will tell you that Ofori is born 10.03.1993. Ofori is a former player of Barcelona FC Nungua and Berekum Chelsea FC.

SAMUEL OKYERE

DOB: 19.07.1984

Position: Goalkeeper

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2001                        King Faisal Babes(Ghana)

2002                        King Faisal Babes(Ghana)

2006-2007           King Faisal Babes(Ghana)

2008-2009           King Faisal Babes(Ghana)

2009-2010            King Faisal Babes(Ghana)

2010-2011             Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Veteran goalkeeper who had many great seasons at King Faisal Babes.

DAN OPPONG

DOB: Unknown

Position: Unknown

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, most likely a fringe player.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Oppong was part of the Ghana U-20 national football team in January 2011. He is an unknown to me but is obviously a talented player.

MOUMOUNI OUATTARA

DOB: 10.02.1986

Position: Attacking midfielder / attacker

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 1

Career:

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Playmaker Ouattara is from Burkina Faso and his full name is El Hadj Moumouni Ouattara. I have read some rave reviews about this player during the season. Ouattara has blending skills and lots of creativity.

COLLINS AGYEI PELE

DOB: 03.03.1986

Position: Right-winger / attacking midfielder

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* In the following video from Youtube, Pele is described as an “intelligent midfielder with amazing pace and enormous energy level”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwqLW1oJ-fQ&feature=related

* Pele is sometimes referred to as “Collins Pele Adjei”.

NANA POKU

DOB: 01.09.1988

Position: Striker / attacking midfielder

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but a key member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 16

Career:

2009-2010           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Arguably the star player of the season for Arsenal. Poku is a burly striker who is able to create chances on his own. At times he has almost been a one-man attack. Poku is hard working, mobile and built like a rock.

* This great video shows some of his qualities:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU9tbp63LSU

* Poku was presented in my post from 19.11.2010:

https://westafricanfootball.com/2010/11/19/nana-poku-and-abdul-wahab/

* Poku joined league champions and city rivals Berekum Chelsea FC after the season. However, according to fresh reports, Poku signed for Egyptian side El Ittihad El Sakndary in August 2011.

HARUNA RAZAK

DOB: Unknown

Position: Goalkeeper

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2008-2009           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* A great goalkeeper who was been fighting hard with Thomas Tuah Asare for the number one shirt. Apparently, Razak will play for Ebusua Dwarfs in 2011-2012.

SANI WAHAB

DOB: Unknown

Position: Unknown

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Wahab is an unknown player to me.

SALIU YAKUBU

DOB: 21.04.1983

Position: Central defender / right-back

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown, but an important member of the team until he left Arsenal in January 2011.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

Career:

2003                        Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2006-2007           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2008-2009           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2009-2010            Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011            Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Ebusua Dwarfs(Ghana)

* Yakubu is a rock-solid defender who has been captaining Arsenal for several seasons. Therefore, I was a bit surprised to learn that Yakubu left the club in January 2011 and joined Ebusua Dwarfs.  Nevertheless, the experienced strongman is a legend at Berekum Arsenal FC.

SEIDU YAKUBU

DOB: Unknown

Position: Central midfielder

League matches in 2010-2011: unknown.

League goals in 2010-2011: 0

2007-2008           Liberty Professionals FC(Ghana)

2008-2009           Liberty Professionals FC(Ghana)

2009-2010           Liberty Professionals FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Chelsea FC(Ghana)

2010-2011           Berekum Arsenal FC(Ghana)

* Yakubu, a tall midfield maestro with good technique, is a very good player, but he failed to break through at Chelsea and joined city rivals Arsenal during the season. In April 2011, Ghanasoccernet reported that Yakubu was suspended on disciplinary grounds.

* Yakubu is born in 1987 or 1988.

* Yakubu will play for ambitious Medeama SC in 2011-2012.

 

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION:

* A player called “Prince Antwi” featured for Berekum Arsenal FC during the second part of the season. I am pretty sure, but not certain, that this is the former player of King Faisal Babes, AshantiGold SC and Hasaacas FC, born 17.06.1986, and a former member of the Ghana U-23 and Ghana U-20 national football team.

* Please note that the scorer in the match between AshantiGold SC and Berekum Arsenal FC on 31.10.2011 is still unknown. The match ended 1-1.

 


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