A few hours ago, I had the pleasure of watching the game between Medeama SC and Hearts of Oak SC in Round 20 of the GLO Premier League 2011-2012. Medeama SC took the lead through a penalty from central defender Kwabena Adusei in the 16th minute while star player Laryea Kingston reduced through a beautiful free-kick ten minutes later.
Goalkeeper Mozart Adjetey had a very quiet game for Medeama SC. Adjetey has been first choice goalkeeper most parts of the season and he has performed well, forcing the more experienced Stephen Ahorlu (born 05.09.1988) to the bench. Ahorlu recently joined Wassaman United FC and Adjetey will now face competition from the talented Musa Tijani (born 07.12.1994) and Muntari Tagoe. The right-back of Medeama SC was Nana Yaw Afriyie (born 08.11.1992) while Daniel Ocran (born 10.04.1991) played at left-back. I’m a big fan of the aggressive Afriyie who loves to support the attack. Afriyie was injured in the second half and was replaced with Osei Berko (born 13.02.1989). Ocran focused on his defensive duties. Central defenders Kwabena Adusei (born 03.06.1986) and Godfred Rockson (born 20.10.1986) performed well but both players are typical “rugged” Ghanaian defenders with a lot of strength and tackling ability. Adusei packs a powerful shot and is dangerous from set-pieces. As far as I know, no player of Medeama SC has played more matches this season than the consistent Rockson. Daniel Larbi Coomson (born 22.09.1989) was the deep-lying playmaker of the team and he was surrounded by central midfielders Suleman Masawudu (born 09.09.1989) and Richard Oti (born 25.12.1991). Coomson has the ability to spread play and dictate the game. His creativity and vision is unquestionable but I must admit that I had hoped Coomson had been better at the age of 22 ½. Oti, a former player of Liberty Professionals FC, almost signed for Hearts of Oak SC a month ago, but decided to join Medeama SC in the eleventh hour. Oti did not make an impression and was early replaced by Hans Coffie (born 10.06.1989). Coffie, an attacking midfielder or striker, has a lot of pace but his season has been disappointing, scoring only once and falling down the pecking order. Louis Agyemang (born 04.04.1983) was the centre forward for the evening. Agyemang seems to lack the mobility he once had but the burly striker is a handful for any defender. Agyemang is top scorer for Medeama SC this season with 7 league goals. Tanko Mohammed (born 22.03.1984) and Richard Mpong (born 04.07.1990) started the match as left-winger and right-winger respectively, but both players wanderered a lot from side to side. Especially Mpong, arguably the star player of Medeama SC, was lively. Mpong is currently a fringe player for the Black Stars, the Ghana national football team. The powerful Mohammed, returning to Ghanaian football after a stint in Spain, was largely ineffective and somewhat immobile. From my point of view, he is pretty much the same type of player as Agyemang and both players have perhaps seen their best years on the pitch. Kabiru Imoro (born 05.06.1985) looked promising when he replaced Mohammed. Imoro had an unsuccesful stint in Turkey but is now back at Medeama SC, making his first game of the season. When Imoro is in top form, he is a dangerous and powerful striker.
Philemon McCarthy (born 14.08.1983) had a wonderful game between the sticks for Hearts of Oak SC. McCarthy has been out in the cold for a long time but has worked hard both physically and mentally and now looks cemented as first-choice goalkeeper. Some of his saves this evening was world class. I am a big fan of right-back Akwasi Bobie Ansah (born 14.12.1986) but the strongman had a disappointing match, rarely showing his attacking qualities. It was easy to see that Tetteh Nortey (born 20.11.1990) is no natural left-back. Nortey is known for his work rate and tackling ability. The central defenders Kofi Agyare (born 19.02.1982) and Godwin Osei Bonsu (born 03.03.1989) have formed an impressive partnership this season. Personally, I think Bonsu is too good for the Ghanaian league. He is a brave and aggressive player who reads the game well. Agyare is not so cultured and at times, he seems to lack consentration. However, no-one beats the towering Agyare in the air. Iddrisu Moro, formerly of Real Tamale United FC, played as a defensive midfielder, balancing the team and screening the defence. Laryea Kingston (born 07.11.1980) is the big star of Hearts of Oak SC and arguably the most profilic player in the GLO Premier League. Personally, I think it’s great that such a quality player has returned to Ghana. Kingston is obviously not in perfect shape and he is perhaps a bit over the top but at times, he shows things that no-one else can do in the league. His free-kick, his first goal for Hearts of Oak SC, was simply stunning and some of his passes totally opened the defence of Medeama SC. I expect a lot from Kingston and I know he can do better. Abubakar Moro (born 07.08.1991) worked hard in the central midfield, forming a strong partnership with Kingston. Moro always gives 100 percent but should soon be able to bring some creativity into his game. Mahatma Otoo (born 06.02.1992) has a disappointing game as a centre forward as his finishing was poor. At times, the youngster seems to loose his concentration when given a chance in front of goal. Otoo is nevertheless the biggest prospect at the club and he has scored six times this season. James Kwame Abban (born 31.07.1988) played at the left-wing and the new signing from Liberty Professionals FC has now gone 5 matches withouth scoring for Hearts of Oak SC. Personally, I think Abban has some amazing qualities, most significant is his speed. Abban is almost unstoppable when he races down the flanks but his finishing and accuracy is not good enough. Edward Affum (born 20.05.1989) played at the right-wing. Affum has some of the same qualities as Abban as he is very pacy and always willing to challenge the full-backs. However, Affum does not seem dangerous in front of goal. Prince Attakora Gyimah (born 25.12.1990) replaced Affum and took over the left-wing, forcing Abban to the right-wing. Douglas Nkrumah (born 28.11.1986) then replaced Abban and was primarily seen at left-wing, forcing Attakora Gyimah over to the right-side. None of the substitutes was able to make an impression.
The picture is of Laryea Kingston and is taken from Ghanasoccernet.