Posted by: westafricanfootball | 06/12/2011

ASHANTIGOLD SC 0-0 HEART OF LIONS FC

On Sunday, I watched the game between AshantiGold SC and Heart of Lions FC in the GLO Premier League 2011-2012. It was a very poor match between a home side lacking ideas and a disciplined away side.

Experienced goalkeeper Fatau Dauda (born 06.04.1985) had a good game for AshGold. Dauda is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the league and he rarely makes mistakes. Dauda is also remarkable safe with the ball in his feet. The central defenders John Ashong (born 02.11.1981) and Henry Entsir (born 07.09.1990) have been a consistent pair since the season 2009-2010. Ashong is arguably the top performer, experienced, hard-tackling and strong as a bull. Entsir is more the quiet, effective centre-back.  Left-back Kwadwo Boateng and Burkinabe right-back Henri Traoré are usually two attacking weapons but I was somewhat disappointed with them this evening. Boateng, formerly of King Faisal Babes, never showed his powerful shots and was rarely seen overlapping or making the precise crosses he is known for. He was effectively controlled by Prosper Avor of Lions. Traoré, one of my favorite right-backs in the league, was horrendously sent off in the second half. Traoré is such a brilliant, modern full-back when in form, known for his powerful runs and attacking play. Defensive midfielder Malik Akowuah (born 19.04.1990) is usually the main man in the midfield of AshGold but he did not have a very good match. I have previously written that Akowuah is born 07.04.1989 but through contacts, I’ve learned that his passport shows 19.04.1990 as the birthdate. Akowuah is a box-to-box holding midfielder who distributes the ball effectively and never gives breathing space to opposite midfielders. Central midfielder Aminu Mohammed (born 21.05.1989) has a more creative role and is often orchestrating the attacking play of the team. My experience is that AshGold plays well when Mohammed plays well. Mohammed was replaced with the energetic Eugene Owusu Prempeh (born 24.10.1989), one of these midfielders who seems to be running all the time. Left-midfielder Latif Mohammed (born 22.10.1990) is another of my favorites at AshGold. Mohammed has some amazing pinpoint crosses and his passing is usually very intelligent. Mohammed is a former player of Great Olympics. Right-midfielder Abdul Aziz Yusif (born 10.11.1991) seemed to be a fan’s favorite and the skillful winger is very lively and difficult to play against. Yusif is a journeyman in Ghanaian football and has played for different top level teams during the last four seasons: AshantiGold SC in 2008-2009, Real Tamale United FC in 2009-2010, Ebusua Dwarfs in 2010-2011 and back to AshantiGold SC before the current season.

Attacking midfielder Aaron Amoah (born 07.07.1993) seemed to play as a support striker to Ivorian giant striker Didier Florent Guibihi Koré (born 17.04.1989). Amoah, widely regarded as the most promising playmaker in the league, has struggled to find his place in the AshGold team but I have no doubt that Amoah will become a star player in the coming seasons. Amoah is very intelligent, skillful and hard-working. Koré, formerly of USC Bassam of the Ivory Coast, is not the fastest player but I think he looks promising as he causes a lot of havoc with his strength and technique. He does not seem too elegant but I managed to slalom through the defenders of Lions a couple of times. Perhaps he is better as an attacking midfielder? I was surprised when Koré was replaced with the burly striker Yakubu Mohammed (born 26.07.1990). Mohammed, who scored 10 league goals last season, has only scored once so far this season and looks a bit out of form. At his day, Mohammed is like a tank, forcing his way through any defence with his strength and determination.

Due to technical problems, I never saw who was substituted for Malian striker Moussa Kassé. The strong, powerful Kassé made a very good impression and he looked poisonous and sharp in front of goal.

The picture is of three players of AshGold and is taken from Ghanasoccernet. Yakubu Mohammed is to the right, John Ashong is in the middle and Henry Entsir is to the left.

Heart of Lions FC has a luxury problem in goal. Their first choice goalkeeper Joseph Addo (born 02.11.1990), with seven matches so far this season, is widely regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the league but on Sunday, Nana Bonsu (born 01.12.1988) played his fourth game of the season. Bonsu was wonderful and seemed brave and confident throughout the match.

My “discovery” of the match was right-back Prosper Avor. The athletic, large and strong full-back was truly impressive and made several clever runs, tackled hard but fair and controlled the right-side with great success. The left-back Solomon Addy (born 09.04.1989) played against his former club and had a largely quiet evening. However, the experienced Addy has been a great acquisition for Lions and has been ever present so far this season. The central defenders Badu Richard Asiamah (born 20.12.1988) and Maestro Mensah marshaled the defence with confidence. The central midfield of Lions impressed me. The hard-working defensive midfielder Emmanuel Anarfi (born 18.10.1986) reminded me of a more creative Anthony Annan. I’ve always known that the elegant and skillful Godfred Asante (born 24.07.1988) is a quality player but I now understand that Asante will be fundamental to the team’s success. He seemed to be involved in most of the dangerous moves of his team. Asante was replaced with Franklyn Osei. The experienced Daniel Acquah played at the left side of the midfield while captain Ofosu Amoah (born 25.12.1984) was energetic and playful on the right. Amoah, fondly called “Tico Tico” is a great dribbler and entertaining to watch. Amoah was replaced with the rather unknown Mohammed Anaba. Acquah had a rather quiet match and was replaced with the hard-running Isaac Donkor (born 16.11.1991), formerly of Liberty Professionals FC. The former star of the Ghana U-20 national football team seems to be struggling to cement his place in the team of Lions, somewhat surprising to me. Daniel Kofi Bonsu (born 28.08.1991) was perhaps the one player that ran the most during the game. I’ve always liked Bonsu and I hope his scoring rate will improve during the season. I had very much looked forward to see the new prodigy of Lions, Benjamin Fadi. Fadi, playing as a lone striker with Bonsu right behind, had scored three goals in November and my expectations were high. Fadi had a difficult game and did not get much support. However, I was able to discover that this young man is very strong, almost built like Didier Drogba of Chelsea FC. He did well to hold up the ball and battled hard, despite unleashing few shots at goal. Despite his rather quiet game, I was intrigued by this player and I believe this is a player to watch. 


Responses

  1. yeah u very right about fadi,i once watched his game and i could tell he is really what Ghana looking for.


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