Posted by: westafricanfootball | 13/09/2011

IDRISSA SACKO

According to the official homepage of Asante Kotoko FC, arguably the biggest club in Ghana, Idrissa Sacko is one of the club’s summer signings[1]. Sacko is a very interesting player, who I will present in this article.

Sacko is from Burkina Faso and was signed from ASFA Yennenga, the current champions of the Burkinese Championnat National 2010-2011[2].

My first record of Sacko is from the Burkinese Championnat National 2008-2009, which ASFA Yennenga eventually won[3].

From July 2009 to November 2009, Sacko played for ASFA Yennenga in the 2009 UFOA Cup, a West African club championship, getting valuable experience.

Sacko had his big breakthrough at the local football scene during the Burkinese Championnat National 2009-2010. Yet again, ASFA Yennenga became champions[4].

In March 2010, during the season, Sacko played for the Burkina Faso B national football team in a CHAN-qualifier[5].

In August 2010, after the season, Sacko was named in the “Equipe type de la saison” of the Burkinese Championnat National 2009-2010. Sacko was listed as a “milieu défensif gauche”, in other words a defensive left-sided midfielder[6]. He has also been described as a “holding midfielder”[7].

Later in August 2010, Sacko was a trialist at Caykur Rizespor, currently playing at second level of Turkish football[8]. According to Turkish media, Sacko is born 30.12.1991, which makes him 19 years old at the time of writing. I don’t know why Sacko did not get a contract, but he played a couple of friendly matches for the Turkish outfit.

Sako returned to Burkina Faso and in October / November 2010, Sacko played for the Burkina Faso B national football team in the 2010 UEMOA Tournament in Niamey, Niger[9].

In January / February 2011, Sacko and ASFA Yennenga knocked out Fello Star(Guinea) from the preliminary round of the 2011 CAF Champions League[10]. In March / April 2011, the Burkinese outfit lost on aggregate to ES Sétif(Algeria) in the first round of the tournament. According to Transfermarkt, Sacko played both matches for ASFA Yennenga[11].

In March / April 2011, Sacko played for the Burkina Faso U-23 national football team against DR Congo U-23 in a qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics[12]. Sacko was actually captaining Burkina Faso U-23 in the first leg[13].

The executive chairman of Asante Kotoko has described Sacko as the “Burkina Faso’s under 20 captain”[14]. Personally, I cannot find information about Sacko’s career for the Burkina Faso U-20 national football team, but it seems likely that this is a fact.

Personally, I think Sacko is a very exciting new signing. It is not often Ghanaian clubs sign young players from its neighboring countries who have such an impressive football CV. Sacko has already won three league championships in Burkina Faso, competed in the CAF Champions League and in West African football tournaments, both for club and country. He has experience with the Burkina Faso B national football team and the Burkina Faso U-23 national football team and has even captained the latter. In other words, Sacko is quite experienced despite his young age.

Last season, midfielders Michael Akuffo (born 18.12.1985), Frank Boateng (born 17.08.1984), Albert Bruce (born 30.12.1992) and Afranie Yeboah (born 05.05.1988) all had defensive responsibilities for Asante Kotoko FC. All are great players, and as far as I know, they will all be part of Kotoko’s 2011-2012 squad. However, none of these players have a cemented place in the team and I think Sacko could very well force his way into the starting eleven for his new club.

Idrissa Sacko is also known as “Idrissa Sako”. However, he uses the name Idrissa Sacko on his Facebook-profile[15].

The picture, taken from ajansrize.net, shows players of Caykur Rizespor before a training match in August 2010. Sacko is number four from the left at the first row.



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