Posted by: westafricanfootball | 04/12/2011

BEREKUM CHELSEA FC 1-1 BECHEM UNITED FC

Yesterday, Berekum Chelsea FC managed to save a point when substitute Eric Agyemang scored directly from a corner kick. Bechem United FC had taken the lead in the first half through right-midfielder Peter Essien.

Berekum Chelsea FC started with Abubakari Idrissu (born 19.05.1989) in goal, Richard Kissi Boateng (born 25.11.1988) at left-back and Samuel Kyere (born 06.08.1992) at right-back. The central defensive pair was made up by Prince Anokye (born 08.08.1987) and Edward Kpodo (born 14.01.1990). The midfielders were Gladson Awako (born 31.12.1990), Jackson Owusu (born 15.10.1988) and Solomon Asante (born 06.03.1987). Awudu Moro (born 01.05.1982) played at the left-wing, Mohamed Mussa (born 01.01.1984) was the centre-forward and top scorer Emmanuel Clottey (born 30.08.1987) was primarily a right-winger. Kyere was replaced with right-back Eric Agyemang (born 01.05.1989) in the first half. In the second half, Awako was replaced with central midfielder Yaw Alexander (born 06.01.1987) and Mussa was replaced with winger Ibrahim Issaka (born 15.08.1985).

I’ve seen Berekum Chelsea FC several times and there are several players at this team who could perform well in mid-level European teams. The right-backs Kyere and Agyemang are very interesting, modern full-backs. Due to the 4-3-3 formation of Berekum Chelsea FC, the full-backs need to cover considerable ground up and down the flank. Both players make several off-the-ball runs and some of their attributes are pace, stamina, a healthy work-rate and good crosses. Agyemang has been the regular right-back this season but most experts believe Kyere, who was training with Atletico Madrid in 2009, have the most potential.

The picture of Kyere (in the white shirt) is taken from MTN Football.

Kpodo, who I presented in my post from 15.02.2011, is one of my favorite central defenders in Ghana. Kpodo is not the classical rugged defender but is more of an intelligent player who I personally believe could perform well in Europe.

It was easy to see that Berekum Chelsea FC missed their captain Mohammed Abdul Basit (born 19.01.1986). Awako, Owusu and Asante are all great players but not midfield generals like Basit.  I have seen Awako and Asante play poor games earlier this season but I really like their work rate and enthusiasm. Mussa was a big disappointment from my point of view. Mussa, who plays for the Niger national football team, is a big striker with a great physical presence but he seemed ineffective and immobile. Star striker Clottey had five goals in his five latest matches but did not seem dangerous this afternoon.

I have to say that Bechem United FC was a way better team than expected. The experienced Ransford Kudjoe (born 05.05.1983) was in goal for the newcomers. Godfred Ofosu (born 21.01.1989), formerly of Asante Kotoko FC, played at right-back. Rashid Abdul played at left-back. The central defenders were Bismark Yaw Osei, Patrick Opoku and Maxwell Mensah (born 04.10.1985). Mensah seemed to play in front of Osei and Opoku and at times, he looked as a defensive midfielder. Princebell Addico (born 1994) was leading the midfield. Peter Essien played at the right side of the midfield and Akwasi Adu (born 14.07.1989) played at the left. The front-runners were A.K. Schoobe, playing as a support striker / deep-lying playmaker and target-man Richard Addai (born 27.07.1986). Schoobe was replaced with speedster Kwabena Barney (born 03.07.1994) while striker Adamu Issah replaced Addai.

This is the first time I’ve seen Bechem United FC and I liked several of their players. Left-back Abdul seemed very promising and his left-foot can take him far. The central defender Osei reached the Team of the Week earlier this season and it was easy to understand why. Osei is a rock-solid defender, quick, powerful with leadership-qualities.

However, the big “discovery” from my point of view was holding midfielder Addico. The tall, elegant player has already caught the eye of FC Parma in Italy. Addico is a former member of the Ghana U-17 national football team and is currently part of the Ghana U-20 national football team. The hard-tackling Addico is definitely a player to watch.

Adu and Essien, the wide midfielders, both looked like quality players. Adu, formerly of Kessben FC worked hard and was both tricky and speedy. The skillful Essien, formerly of Hasaacas FC, was simply brilliant at times and he gave left-back Boateng a hard time with his determination and powerful running.


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